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So I've been told that my PCP's office is transitioning to be a full-time COVID testing site.  They have to transfer all currently existing patients.

They are offering to help find someone new, but I wanted to see what suggestions people have here for finding a good PCP.  I actually don't use my current one for much (pdoc manages the bulk of things and my gyno/endo handles the rest).  But I used to have a PCP who actually cared and kept tabs on me, having me stop in for periodic appointments that she recommended based on how I was doing.  I'm not sure the current one knows who I am.  (former PCP got a fellowship and left the practice)

What sort of things do you consider?  How do you search?  I used zocdocs to find a nephrologist recently, but I haven't had an appointment with her so I don't know how that went.

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or not...I apparently got an announcement about my last PCP's practice shifting, not the current one (it's the same main medical provider with different locations).  I still have to figure out whether or not to switch, so I'd appreciate any thoughts on that. 

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3 hours ago, dancesintherain said:

What sort of things do you consider?  How do you search?  I used zocdocs to find a nephrologist recently, but I haven't had an appointment with her so I don't know how that went.

Picking a specialist is a little different (I think), than picking a PCP.....I am a little more choosy about specialists.

As for choosing a PCP, I do prefer a female, and I also have to look at whether that PCP takes my insurance.....I don't know if insurance is a factor for you, but it is for me.....I also will look online at reviews for the doc I'm considering, and maybe google the doc's name and see if anything comes up.

Here's a decent search site that helps you look for docs in your area.....To find a PCP, choose "Family Medicine" for the first search bar.

https://www.healthgrades.com/find-a-doctor

Like you, my pdoc takes care of most everything for me, so I don't see my PCP that much, except for annual wellness checks.

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I've had the most luck finding doctors I like, including PCP, through a chain of recommendations from other doctors. I got my last PCP through my Pdoc, because I was concerned my at the time current doc wasn't taking me seriously because of my MI. He referred me to someone he knew who was married to a psychiatrist, on the theory that she would be more understanding, and she was wonderful. From her I got several great referrals to other specialists. I think doctors tend to know not just the clinical skills of other doctors, but whether they're personable and have good bedside manner. Any chance your pdoc could be helpful with a recommendation when you see her next?

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That’s a good question. My current pcp is listed as not available so I don’t know if she’s left the HMO or what. My problem is I get treated like a whiner or complainer when really I am the opposite, plus with MI I think I get blown off, so if I have to see a random dr it’s not good. How can you tell in advance if you’ll be taken seriously?  I think asking my pdoc and GYN might be a start, if that seems helpful you might consider a similar approach. 

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I use google and read the reviews...also I go on the specific health group site they work for and read about them (need to see a picture and check their education). Female is first priority; I also prefer a DO to an MD (personal quirk). For specialists, a bit more leeway depending on how intimate we'll be getting.

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I got 3 names from my tdoc but 2 aren’t taking new patients. I chose the other as my new PCP but honestly I wasn’t that impressed with the bio she wrote on herself. I browsed through listings of possible PCPs taking new patients in my HMO and noticed most by far are pretty young, therefore not super experienced. I prefer someone in practice a bit longer and a bit older although obviously don’t want another who might retire. I read through the writeups and few reviews and hope I made a good choice because I sure don’t like the one they randomly assigned me to. The whole “not taking new patients “ is really a limiting factor. 

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