A primary care physician, also called a PCP or general practitioner, provides continuing care to keep you well. Your PCP also acts as the first point of contact for undiagnosed health concerns.
Primary care includes disease prevention, health maintenance, counseling, patient education, and the diagnosis, and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses in a variety of health care settings.
Primary Care at UMass Memorial - Marlborough Hospital
Our primary care physicians offer patients of all ages a broad spectrum of health care, including preventive, diagnostic and treatment services. They also coordinate referrals to specialist physicians.
Selecting a Primary Care Physician
When selecting a primary care physician, it is important to be sure that their type of primary care meets your needs. Our primary care physicians specialize in the following areas:
- Family medicine: Physicians who care for patients of all ages, from newborns to the elderly. Some family medicine physicians provide maternity care.
- Internal medicine: Physicians who specialize in adult primary care, specifically the diagnosis and nonsurgical treatment of diseases.
- Geriatric medicine: Physicians who focus on the care of elderly patients.
- Pediatric medicine: Physicians who provide infants, children and adolescents with a broad spectrum of health care.