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Your Questions About How To Find A New Doctor

Susan asks…

How many different medications does a doctor need to know?

I know being a doctor must be very difficult. I have always wandered just as an estimate how much names of medication can a doctor remember, considering there are hundreds if not more.
Also, does a doctor forget medication names, or make spelling mistakes and do they need to know the dosage and interactions.

I have always respected my doctors but, I am just really curious to know the answer.
Does anyone know the real answer and are you a doctor or a doctor in training ?

New Niche Finder answers:

Doctors are familiar with the most frequently prescribed medications and their dosages. All doctors have a PDR (Physicians Desk Reference) if they need to check on the best medication to prescribe, and it’s interactions. A large percentage of doctors do their prescribing electronically and can just enter the name of a drug and get a rundown on everything he would need to know about the drug.

Doctors generally are pretty good at spelling…..medical terminology is generally spelled the way it sounds. Their handwriting can be pretty bad because of how much they have to write everyday.

Daniel asks…

Can i go to a doctor to get depression meds without going to a psychiatrist?

Can i go to a normal doctor to get a prescription for depression medicine withoput going to a psychiatrist??


New Niche Finder answers:

Yes, most definitely. I have done this in the past with my regular doctor. NO need to be seen by a psychiatrist. Good luck to you.

Charles asks…

How to check if doctor/psychiatrist gets kickbacks from Adderall company?

I need to get Adderall (by Shire pharma), and the best place is doctors who get kickbacks from the pharmaceutical companies to prescribe it, thus are more likely to prescribe it more readily than more educated doctors who know it is highly habit-forming and dangerous on the long term.

How do I find out if the doctor/psych is getting these kickbacks?

New Niche Finder answers:

I don’t know the answer, but if my doctor prescribes something new, I ask for a sample from the manufacturer. If he doesn’t have any, the medication is usually a generic, or something that isn’t expensive. If it is expensive, I ask the doctor for the phone number of the manufacturer to find out if they can help with the expense of the drug.
My answer is serious; I hope your question was, too.

Paul asks…

What is the difference between a family practice doctor and an internal medicine doctor?

I need to pick out a doctor from this huge list from my insurance and I am not sure if I should pick one that practices family medicine or internal medicine. What is the difference?

New Niche Finder answers:

Internal medicine docs undergo 3 years of training in all aspects of adult internal medicine (pulmonology and critical care, nephrology, cardiology, endocrinology, rheumatology, infectious diseases, gastroenterology, and hematology/oncology). That is all they do during residency training, which means they are better trained in these areas.

Family practice docs during their training also learn internal medicine, but not as long or to the extent that internal medicine docs do. However, they also learn some pediatrics, Ob/Gyn, and minor surgical procedures since they also spend some time training in Ob/Gyn and surgery. In my opinion, I consider a family practice doc to be a “jack of all trades, but master of none.” They will see both adults and pediatrics patients. There are some Family Practice doctors that also deliver babies, but with the rise in malpractice insurance premiums most don’t since they don’t have the volume that Ob/Gyn doctors do.

If you want to go to a doctor who can do a little bit of everything and need basic check-ups, then a family doc may be the choice for you. However, if you have mainly adult internal medicine issues, you are better off going to an internist since their training is more extensive in this field.

However, if you live in a rural area where the number of docs is limited, if might be easier to see a family practice doc who can addresss all of your needs.

With all being said, there is also a wide range of knowledge and performance skills among doctors. If you have any friends, I would ask who they see and why they like seeing that particular doctor.

Personally, I would see an internist, but I am a little biased since I did my training in internal medicine. If you need a baby delivered, I would go to an Ob/Gyn and if you need a minor surgical procedure, I would go to a surgeon if possible.

Michael asks…

What is the difference between a trauma doctor and an ER doctor?

What is the difference between a Trauma doctor and an ER doctor ? And how long does it take to become these types of doctors?

New Niche Finder answers:

Trauma is damage to the body caused by an outside force. As opposed to medical, which are problems with the body caused by an inside source. Sometimes these things overlap, normally that’s a safe/simplified way to look at it.

Knowing that. An ER doctor is a doctor that is in the ER ward. Which is where ambulances deliver patients too. They deal with the patients that come into the hospital complaining of mostly anything.

Should these patient need immediate care in a life threatening sittuation, what would usually be consider a “load and go” by EMS, then they are taken past the ER and straight to the Trauma ward. At which point the doctors there will handle the patient.

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