Before the Visit:
1. Make a list of your prescription and over-the-counter medications, or just bring the bottles to your visit.
2. Bring copies of recent test results, X-Rays and medical records. Please include the name of specialists that you have seen with their contact information.
3. Know your medical history as well as that of your family members. Genetics are important!
4. Diabetes or High Blood Pressure - please bring your log book of your readings at home. It will help us better determine how to treat you.
5. When you make an appointment, please ask the staff if you need to fast for your appointment. Often, they will direct you to come in prior to your appointment for blood work.
Preparing for your Visit:
1. Don't forget your insurance card.
2. Please spend some time planning what you would like to talk to the doctor about. We may not be able to get to all of your concerns at one visit, so prioritize your list.
During the Visit:
1. Please be as specific as your can about your complaint. How long have you had it? What makes it worse or better? If it is painful, how would you describe the pain? What home therapies have you tried? Do they help?
After the Visit:
1. If we prescribed medication, please fill them and begin to take them right away. If you have problems with the medications or questions about your treatment plan, please call our office or make a follow up appointment. Often you can get answers to your questions online. Try www.familydoctor.org or www.mayoclinic.org
Adapted from Dr. Ranit Mishori's article in Parade on 9/30/2007