Primary Care / General Internal Medicine
Care in General Internal Medicine Includes:
Routine physical exams and immunizations, regular screening and health counseling for HIV, cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, sexually transmitted diseases, addiction, diabetes and cancer.
If a patient is sick, he or she should call the office for an appointment. If the patient’s regular provider is not available, they will be scheduled with someone else. A doctor is always on call when the office is closed and can be reached calling the main office.
Ongoing evaluation and treatment of any chronic conditions such as asthma, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and many other conditions and illnesses.
Primary care services are complemented by a full spectrum of specialty services at Boston Medical Center. For example, if a patient needs surgery, the General Internal Medicine department works in coordination with the patient’s surgeon.
Established in 1985, this was one of the first groups in the nation to focus exclusively on the unique health care needs of women. Visit the Women’s Health Group to learn more.
If a patient needs to be hospitalized, their care will be provided by a specialized in-patient hospital team. However, the patient’s primary care doctor continues to coordinate care.
Boston Medical Center has two pharmacy locations allowing patients to have quick, convenient access to their prescription medications, as well as the option to have medicines delivered directly to a patient’s home through mail order.
Located within General Internal Medicine and jointly sponsored by the hospital’s Medicine and Psychiatry Departments, these programs advance health promotion and disease prevention.
The programs are:
- Smoking Cessation
- The Behavioral Management of Chronic Pain Clinic
- The Behavioral Management of Hypertension Clinic
- Stress Reduction and Relaxation Training Center
These clinics are “multi-component” interventions combining education about the particular disease and its treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy aimed at reducing anxiety and depression, operant conditioning focusing on changing lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise, relaxation training to reduce stress and anger and social support from family and friends to help maintain these new behaviors.
For more information on these programs contact Dr. Robert Sokolove, director of Behavioral Medicine, at 617.414.5098.
BMC offers a wide range of social services to help with transportation to and from BMC, job and housing searches, and access to health insurance, government financial assistance programs, and counseling services.