How To Keep Track Of All Your Doctors And Medical Professionals
You know who your doctors are, but your family might not.
Your Medical Team is comprised of all of your doctors, specialists, and other medical professionals. It’s helpful to keep this organized for a few reasons. The most obvious: Your own health. If something happens, who should be contacted? Plus, if you've ever need to find "my health records" or "view my medical records online" it's often best to know who to contact if you can't find them.
Another is helpful for friends, family, and acquaintances by turning you into a referral network. We see a lot of doctors in our lifetime and it’s easy to forget their name and contact info when their services are no longer required. When a friend or acquaintance asks if you know a great dermatologist or orthopedic surgeon, you won’t have to spend time searching for the contact info. It’ll all be at your fingertips.
Primary Care Doctor
Not to diminish any other doctors you might see, but this is the mothership of medical information about your life. Make sure you keep this doc’s contact info readily available in case your family needs it.
Include the type of doctor. The list doesn't mention every type of doctor or medical profession, but it’ll get you started:
- Infectious Disease Specialist
- Orthopedic Surgeon
- Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose, Throat)
- Plastic Surgeon
- Physiatrist (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)
Whether you have a long-time pharmacist you practically consider family, or use a franchise drug store, it’s helpful to let your family know who measures and gives you your meds, especially if medical questions or concerns arise. Keep your pharmacist’s contact info with the rest of your medical professionals, along with any additional details. (Note: To track of your actual medication check out this article: How To Organize The Most Important Aspects Of Your Medical History.)
Tip: The goal is to make it as easy as possible for your family or loved ones to get in touch with your medical pros so make the contact info as comprehensive as you like. You might just want to include a name, phone number or email address to point your family or loved ones in the right direction.
Keep Your Plan Up-To-Date: Make sure all of the stuff listed above is neatly organized, updated, and shared in the “Doctors” section of your Everplan.
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