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Choosing a Primary Care Provider

Finding the Right Physician for You

Choosing a primary care physician can be confusing. The primary care providers affiliated with Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center make that decision easier by upholding excellent standards of care and offering hundreds of convenient locations throughout the Chicago area.

Many of our locations offer appointments on a walk-in or same-day basis and have the added benefit of easy access to the highly qualified specialists and leading-edge technology at Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

Making Your Choice

If you are looking for a new primary care physician, here are some key questions to keep in mind. You may be able to find this information online, over the phone or with an in-person interview. The answers to these questions will help you narrow your choices when trying to find the right primary care provider for you.

Ask yourself:

  • Are the office hours convenient for my schedule? Are same-day appointments available if I need them?
  • Is the office staff personable? Do they return calls within a reasonable amount of time? Were they helpful?
  • Does the provider involve patients in their own care and decision-making? Would our relationship be collaborative?
  • What do other providers and past patients say about the provider?
  • Does the provider explain and offer various treatment options?

Types of Primary Care Providers

All the providers associated with Illinois Masonic Medical Center are board-certified. That means no matter which provider you choose, he or she will have undergone rigorous testing and continuing education to stay on top of the latest advances in the field.

Types of primary care providers include:

  • Family practitioners: Physicians who have completed a family practice residency. Their practice includes infants, children, teenagers and adults of all ages. Your whole family can see the same physician.
  • Pediatricians: Physicians who have completed a pediatric residency. Their practice includes newborns, infants, children and adolescents up to age 18.
  • Internists: Physicians who have completed their residency in internal medicine. Their practice includes adults of all ages.
  • Obstetricians/gynecologists (OB/GYNs): Physicians who have completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology. Their practice involves prenatal, birth and gynecological services for women of all ages.
  • Nurse practitioners (NPs): Registered nurses who complete extensive additional training and education to be able to diagnose and treat patients.
  • Physician assistants (PAs): Practitioners who are licensed to diagnose and treat patients under the supervision of a physician.

Find a primary care provider near you.

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