Elliot Physicians Network
Elliot Pediatrics & Primary Care at Riverside
Frequently Asked Questions
Are you accepting new patients?
Can your doctors see children and adults?
How many physicians are at your practice?
How easy is it to schedule an appointment?
What if I get sick after hours?
Physician on-call groups FAQ's
What is the Med/Peds Call Group?
Who will I see at my Med/Peds Office?
Who will I see if I am hospitalized or my child is hospitalized?
Adults may be followed by either the Med/Peds Call group or by the Elliot Hospitalist Service. The Hospitalist Service is composed of Board Certified Internal Medicine specialists who work closely with your primary care physician to provide the highest standard of care. The Hospitalist Service can often provide superior care when minute-to-minute decisions need to be made regarding patient care. In case of a hospital admission, your physician will determine which service is more suitable. This decision is often made on a case-by-case basis. In regards to admission decisions, you are welcome to discuss your preferences or concerns with your primary care physician.
What is a Med/Peds specialist?
Simply put, Med/Peds means Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. In other words, Med/Peds Physicians are trained in both Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine) and also in the care of children and infants (Pediatrics). Like other specialists, Med/Peds physicians complete additional training after medical school during their internship and residencies. During the four years of a Med/Peds residency and internship, Med/Peds physicians meet the training requirements of both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics.
What is the difference between a Family Practice Physician and a Med/Peds physician? If both groups of physicians see all age ranges of patients from the infant to the elderly, what is the difference?
Both specialties Med/Peds and Family Practice have their own unique advantages. In general, the main difference is that Family Practice has an emphasis on obstetrics (care of the pregnant patient) and surgical training, and Med/Peds has an emphasis on critical (intensive) care, pediatrics and subspecialty care (i.e. cardiology, endocrinology, pulmonology etc.) Both Med/Peds and Family Medicine physicians spend slightly less than half of their training in the outpatient (office) setting.
During residency while family physicians are spending a significant amount of time training in obstetrics and surgical procedures ranging from delivery of newborns to removal of skin lesions, Med/Peds physicians spend significant amounts of time training in intensive care settings including Neonatal, Pediatric, and Medical Intensive Care Units.
In the field of pediatrics, both family practice physicians and Med/Peds physicians receive extensive training in care of the newborn, child, and adolescent patient. Once again, Med/Peds training emphasizes subspecialty experiences, and in the field of pediatrics this ranges from infectious disease in children to complex growth and development issues.
When it comes to routine gynecologic care (i.e. Pap Smears and Pelvic Exams, prescribing of oral contraception etc.), both Family Practice and Med/Peds physicians perform these services. However, many family practice physicians do more advanced gynecologic care such as colposcopies and endometrial biopsies.
What is the difference in the training between a Med/Peds physician and a pediatrician or an Internist?
Med/Peds physicians by virtue of their training are Internists. They have completed the same core requirements as an Internal Medicine specialist in managing care of the adult patient. Additionally, they are recognized by the American College of Physicians as internists and also can be board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
What types of patients do Med/Peds physicians see?
Do I need both an OB/GYN and Primary Care physician?
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