Q. I just moved to this area and need to find new doctors. What is the best way to go about this?
Choosing a doctor is one of the most important things you will ever do in your life. You will trust this person for his/her expertise and advice, and to administer treatment that may save your life. That's why it's important to do as much research as you can to ensure that you find the right match. First, decide what type of primary care doctor you need. A primary care doctor is for everyday health problems like the flu.
General practitioner: Treats a wide range of medical problems in people of all ages.
Family practitioner: Similar to general practitioners, but has extra training to care for all family members, young or old.
Internal medicine: Doctors for adults. Some internists take additional training to become specialists. For example, a cardiologist is an internist who specializes in heart disease.