NATIONAL PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN WEEK
During the first week of October, Primary Care Physicians around the country come together to focus on improving care for their patients during National Primary Care Physician Week. The week also offers an opportunity to showcase new approaches to healthcare, celebrate progress, network with colleagues and explore new avenues for underserved populations.
Primary care physicians (PCP) are our first resource to a healthier life. They are the family practice, general practice, pediatricians, gynecologists, and internists who become familiar with our family history, lifestyle, and everyday needs. Many of us spend years with the same PCP, and we rely on them to provide a variety of care.
And while the week focuses on the roles PCPs play, it’s also an opportunity to learn what services your PCP can offer you. While they often perform routine health screenings, they also treat minor illness and chronic conditions, too. These physicians prescribe and manage our medications and coordinate with other specialists as part of larger care team when serious illness occurs.
HOW TO OBSERVE #PrimaryCarePhysicianWeek
Visit local and national organization websites for upcoming events focused on this year’s featured topic. Take time to thank your PCP or give a shout out to the physician who has given you stellar care. You can also remember their staff who work hard, too. Learn more about PCPs and what they do. Share tips on choosing the right PCP for you. Use #PrimaryCarePhysicianWeek to share on social media.
PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN WEEK HISTORY
The American Medical Student Association sponsors National Primary Care Physician Week annually.
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