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4th Monetchikovsky per., 1/6 Building 3
+7 (495) 937 57 57
According to the classical definition: a Family Physician is a specialist who treats all patients independently of sex or age or medical problem, and in the context of family. NOT to be confused with the definition of a “general practitioner.”
Nowadays, a “general practitioner” often simply refers a patient to a specialist without penetrating into his or her problem, but just according to the reason of the complaint: if you have chest pain you see a cardiologist, if you have heartburn you see a gastroenterologist, if you have skin rash you see a dermatologist, if your left ear hurts, you see a left ear specialist, if your right ear hurts, and so on. Never mind that the chest pain could be heartburn, and the heartburn could be cardiac pain, and the skin rash could be from rheumatoid arthritis. And of course, none of those myriad of specialists will ever agree on the proper diagnosis or treatment or even consult with each other.
The reality is this: in 90% of cases, a true Family Physician is able to find the truth of the problem himself and begin effective intervention - helping the patient to save time, alleviate confusion and obfuscation and their formidable stresses, avoid unnecessary expenses, and – to the positive side - obtain an understanding of the real medical situation. The true Family Physician is focused with maximal attention to the patient and the patient’s entire medical milieu – taking into account physical symptoms, medical issues, family and genetic issues, life style and environmental issues, and psychological issues. Because of his special education, he is able to integrate all of these factors into a more complete picture of an individual’s medical situation. He can define the problem more exactly; he can educate the patient about this situation; he can initiate and monitor treatment; and he can also define the line when it is necessary to involve other specialists to provide additional diagnostic and treatment options to optimize the results for the patient.
Preventive care is the essential building block of 21st century western medicine. Family medicine as such, as a specialty, germinated and flowered first in the USA – because of a need for better medical care for all people.. But the rich Russian traditions of state doctors were formed a long time ago. Not so widely recognized is that one of the main goals of soviet medicine was also an emphasis on the comprehensive medical evaluation of the population. Unfortunately, during the last two or three decades, the realization of this tradition has floundered, for many reasons. But the tradition survives.
We are now in this decade, our present decade, ending the first decade of the 21st century. And in our clinic, Intermedcenter, our Family Physicians have the benefit of the latest western knowledge and training - we embrace it, we learn with it, but we have not forgotten the important Russian traditional focus and the lessons that can be learned from history. Our Family Physicians can and will define the exact individual schedule of preventive medical examinations, wellness interventions, and diagnostic tests indicated, depending on your sex, age, presence of risk factors, etc.. No more; no less. All according to accepted international standards.
Both American and Russian specialists of Family Medicine work together in our clinic; cooperatively. Many of our Russian Family Physicians have had additional training and certification in Western oriented Family Medicine. They were part of the very first enterprise in Russia to do so. We are a team. We learn from each other, we teach each other, and together we can offer our patients the highest standards of diagnostics and treatment.