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Business Insight presented by Arlington Dermatology Primary Care or Specialist There can be a lot of discussion about which doctor you should see for which medical issue. Some theories say you should always start with your primary doctor and trust she or he will direct you if needed. Many patients decide to reach out to specialists on their own, assuming that chest pain should be treated by a cardiologist and skin acne by a dermatologist. Truly, there are several opinions about it and all of them are correct. Let's discuss some of them. If you happen to identify a medical problem for the very first time, you probably only assume what it might me related to. For instance, your chest pain, unless acute and requiring emergency, might be related to your heart, your heartburn, your lungs, or even your abdomen. Many patients feel chest pain even with common cold. General primary doctor could be much better assisting you with elimination of the possible options. Basic medical physical examination and listening to your chest will help to identify if you may have bronchitis or acid reflux. Many primary doctors have simple ECG machines and even ultrasounds and these diagnostic tools help them assess the problem. Seeing a specialist might require much longer time to wait for an appointment. Someone in my clinic just told me that to see a cardiologist they need to wait till November. Wait, we are in June. That is more than 5 months! Your primary care probably can assess you much sooner and possibly get you in to see a specialist much sooner if the diagnosis requires that. A different story comes to play if you already have a medical problem. And, if this happen to be a chronic problem. Continuation of care and some sequencing in treatments is critical in many chronic disorders. Once you see a specialist for psoriasis or thyroid disorder, it is much more logical and medically advised to see a specialist who will continue or change the treatment depending on your outcomes. There is one more reason seeing a specialist is more advised: everchanging medical science, with new options of treatments. and new medication. Medical science field is enormously huge these days. It involves new research in assessing diseases, new treatments, new diagnostic equipment, new statistics, and many more. Unless you keep up to date with these new discoveries, you may not be advising your patients correctly and not offering them all the options. This is probably the biggest 'disadvantage of changing field. But it also means better treatments and better outcomes so, truly, it all happens to the patients' benefits. There is no physical possibility that primary doctors or given specialists can keep up with this task of continuing medical education. There is no possible way a dermatologist can know what new research is done in cardiology. Doctors may know how to find information, but they certainly cannot be treating you in the areas that is not familiar to them. Primary care doctors include internal medicine, family practice, and pediatricians. Sometimes, gynecologist can act as a primary doctor if there are no other, complex medical problems. Some primary care doctors receive additional training in a given specialty and they work with a specialist, treating patients in that medical area. Often, physician assistants and nursing practitioners, who are educated and trained in primary care, receive a long job training in a specialized field and continue assisting doctors in that field. You should always be able to ask any of the doctors what is better for you and whom to see to get optimal care. Michael Bukhalo, MD Arlington Dermatology 5301 Keystone Court Rolling Meadows, IL 60008 Tel. 847 392 5440 | www.arlingtondermatology.net Business Insight presented by Arlington Dermatology Primary Care or Specialist There can be a lot of discussion about which doctor you should see for which medical issue . Some theories say you should always start with your primary doctor and trust she or he will direct you if needed . Many patients decide to reach out to specialists on their own , assuming that chest pain should be treated by a cardiologist and skin acne by a dermatologist . Truly , there are several opinions about it and all of them are correct . Let's discuss some of them . If you happen to identify a medical problem for the very first time , you probably only assume what it might me related to . For instance , your chest pain , unless acute and requiring emergency , might be related to your heart , your heartburn , your lungs , or even your abdomen . Many patients feel chest pain even with common cold . General primary doctor could be much better assisting you with elimination of the possible options . Basic medical physical examination and listening to your chest will help to identify if you may have bronchitis or acid reflux . Many primary doctors have simple ECG machines and even ultrasounds and these diagnostic tools help them assess the problem . Seeing a specialist might require much longer time to wait for an appointment . Someone in my clinic just told me that to see a cardiologist they need to wait till November . Wait , we are in June . That is more than 5 months ! Your primary care probably can assess you much sooner and possibly get you in to see a specialist much sooner if the diagnosis requires that . A different story comes to play if you already have a medical problem . And , if this happen to be a chronic problem . Continuation of care and some sequencing in treatments is critical in many chronic disorders . Once you see a specialist for psoriasis or thyroid disorder , it is much more logical and medically advised to see a specialist who will continue or change the treatment depending on your outcomes . There is one more reason seeing a specialist is more advised : everchanging medical science , with new options of treatments . and new medication . Medical science field is enormously huge these days . It involves new research in assessing diseases , new treatments , new diagnostic equipment , new statistics , and many more . Unless you keep up to date with these new discoveries , you may not be advising your patients correctly and not offering them all the options . This is probably the biggest ' disadvantage of changing field . But it also means better treatments and better outcomes so , truly , it all happens to the patients ' benefits . There is no physical possibility that primary doctors or given specialists can keep up with this task of continuing medical education . There is no possible way a dermatologist can know what new research is done in cardiology . Doctors may know how to find information , but they certainly cannot be treating you in the areas that is not familiar to them . Primary care doctors include internal medicine , family practice , and pediatricians . Sometimes , gynecologist can act as a primary doctor if there are no other , complex medical problems . Some primary care doctors receive additional training in a given specialty and they work with a specialist , treating patients in that medical area . Often , physician assistants and nursing practitioners , who are educated and trained in primary care , receive a long job training in a specialized field and continue assisting doctors in that field . You should always be able to ask any of the doctors what is better for you and whom to see to get optimal care . Michael Bukhalo , MD Arlington Dermatology 5301 Keystone Court Rolling Meadows , IL 60008 Tel . 847 392 5440 | www.arlingtondermatology.net