Post # 1
I just switched to an HMO after a couple of years on a PPO. I thought I found a PCP – OB/GYN close by so I could kill two birds with one stone, but I just found out that they are not a PCP and there are no PCP – OB/GYNs in my area. So the question is: What kind of PCP should be be looking for? It’s just me and DH right now, so I’m assuming I don’t want family practice. General Practice? Internal Medicine? It would be awesome to get my PAP and BC from my PCP so I can get that out of the way in one visit, but I don’t know if that’s possible without a PCP – OB/GYN. HELP!
Post # 3
I wanted the same thing, but I have two separate ones. My PCP is in Internal Medicine, which is pretty general and probably your best bet. Good luck!
Post # 4
I go to a family practice doctor and she is awesome. Kids aren’t in my plan anytime soon, but at least with a family practice doctor I would be able to use her if I wanted. My PCP does all of the ob/gyn stuff to.
Post # 5
I am in family practice which is exactly what you want- it’s the only specialty with both primary care and gyn training. FPs are trained in all areas, including gyn and birth control. They all have to do OB training, but the vast majority do not do OB in practice. Internal medicine physicians are not trained in gynecology (and several other things FPs are trained in). It is possible to have an IM who has done a little bit of gyn as an elective/added training, but I have never heard of an internal medicine physician having as much gyn training as the bare minimum requirement for FP.
Post # 6
I go to a nurse practitioner and she is my PCP and does all my gyno stuff too.
Post # 7
thanks for the help bees!