Dr. Washington has been trained in three medical specialties.
Having studied Family Medicine, Dr. Washington has been trained to provide comprehensive medical care for families and individuals suffering from all types of illnesses, disorders, conditions and diseases. As a family doctor, Dr. Washington is usually the first point of contact for patients when they seek general medical care (categorized as a primary care provider) and can refer patients to specialists when necessary.
Family medicine, or family practice, is a division of primary care focused on the provision of comprehensive medical care for people of all ages, with family doctors often providing care for the entire family. As a family doctor, these physicians generally develop close relationships with patients over an extended period of time, allowing for the provision of comprehensive care that other specialists may be less likely to deliver.
Family physicians are tasked with caring for not only the physical health of patients and families, but also the mental and emotional health and how it relates to the family as a unit. Family medicine also emphasizes preventive care, attempting to keep the patient healthy and prevent diseases before they occur through regular exercise, a healthy diet and healthy life choices.
When treating patients and their families, family physicians employ a variety of techniques and procedures. With regard to preventive measures, Family doctors are tasked with performing regular examinations or checkups, immunizations and screening tests, among others. Family physicians are trained to identify and treat a very wide range of illnesses and injuries, but may also refer patients to a specialist when they deem it necessary. Additionally, family physicians may also treat and manage chronic conditions without the assistance of a specialist.
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Having studied Internal Medicine, Dr. Washington has been trained to provide care to adult patients suffering from a wide range of illnesses and diseases, ranging from the very common to the very rare. Dr. Washington is also trained in general medicine, and is capable of treating patients for diseases that may have overlapping symptoms or complications.
Internal medicine is a specialized field of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of all types of adult diseases. Due to the fact that there are thousands of different diseases and afflictions that affect adults, internists (physicians who practice internal medicine) often serve as primary care physicians to their patients.
Internists play a crucial role in the diagnosis of disease in adult patients and perform a variety of diagnostic procedures and tests to assist in this process. Internists are trained to perform and analyze blood tests, review family histories, review diagnostic imaging tests, skin tests, biopsies, stress tests and endoscopies, among many other procedures, depending upon the patient’s condition or apparent symptoms.
Doctors of internal medicine are prepared to provide treatment patients with diseases that relate to, or encompass, more than one bodily system. It is this expertise that allows internists to be the “puzzle solvers” of primary care when it comes to making diagnoses; internists are often consulted for their diagnostic capabilities when other primary care physicians are unable to arrive at the correct diagnosis.
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Having studied Pediatrics, Dr. Washington has been trained to provide comprehensive medical care for infants, children and adolescents, acting as their primary care physician. Dr. Washington has the experience and skills to provide the proper medical care for children of all ages, working closely with parents to ensure that the child is developing and maturing properly
Pediatrics is a medical specialty concerned with providing primary medical care to infants, children and adolescents. If possible, children typically see the same pediatrician from birth until around 18 years of age (sometimes longer), fostering the creation of a rapport between the physician and child that allows for more comprehensive and complete care. Because the pediatrician is familiar with the child and can see growth and medical history firsthand, they are in a better position to provide the highest quality of care.
General pediatricians are trained to provide the unique medical care that children require; although children can be treated by general or family practitioners, pediatricians are in a much better position to provide comprehensive care. When providing care, pediatricians have many goals in mind. These include controlling infectious disease, reducing the mortality rates of infants and children and promoting and developing healthy lifestyles among children.
Pediatricians are well equipped to diagnose and treat a variety of illnesses, diseases and injuries experienced by children. These may include general infections and illnesses (such as fevers, sore throats, ear infections, etc.) and minor injuries, as well as some diseases. Pediatricians are trained to identify mental or emotional stressors in children that may lead to psychiatric or mental health complications, including developmental and anxiety disorders, behavioral problems and functional complications, among other indicators.
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