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VOL11ISS1 2015

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VOLUME 10—ISSUE 1 75 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — UPSTATE SC | VOLUME 11 — ISSUE 1 CHOOSING A PHYSICIAN Delivering the future of the Upstate Two Locations. One Great Practice. www.upstateobgyngroup.org 124 Verdae Boulevard, Suite 204 Greenville, S.C. 29607 Ph# 864-271-9780 1011 Tiger Boulevard, Suite 100 Clemson, S.C. 29631 Ph# 864-654-9053 the prevention, diagnosis and man- agement of disease and chronic con- ditions. General Practice physicians are like family practice physicians and can treat patients of any gender or age; however, this category is one area where you might also fnd osteopaths, which are physicians that practice a type of alternative medicine with special focus on the musculoskeletal system, and are dis- tinguished by the "D.O." after their name instead of "M.D." After narrowing your choices down to a working list of acceptable candidates, it's time to consider something that sounds so obvious but is oh so important—are you compatible and comfortable with this new physician? One of the best ways to fnd out about a doctor's demeanor is to ask a friend (or friend of a friend) who works in a local hospital or health care set- ting. They know who (and maybe who doesn't) have the best bedside manner while dispensing quality healthcare. They read the reports of doctors, hear patient feedback on their experiences with the doctor, and may work in the same setting which allows them to have inside knowledge as to whether there are any problems with the doctor that may not be more commonly known to others. You should also 'interview' your potential doctor's offce. Basically, this involves asking some important questions during an initial consulta- tion (even if you have to pay the cost of an offce visit it's worth it). Ask things like: how are emergencies handled, what are the after-hours policies, how can you get a prescrip- tion refll, do you actually see the doctor or a nurse practitioner, etc. Based on the answers to these types of questions and the personal feel you get based on interacting with the doctor and his staff, you can get a sense if the doctor and his/her of- fce is a good ft for you. []

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