If you're seeing a doctor for the first time, it helps as a new patient
to have a few things brought with you to facilitate and make the entire
process more productive for yourself and for your doctor and helps them
learn who you are and what your needs are.
1. List of your current medications. One of the things you should bring is a list of your medications that you
take regularly. This doesn't have to be a list of medications that
you've taken over the last 20 years, but something that you currently
are taking regularly, also known as maintenance medications. This may
include blood pressure or cholesterol medication, heart pills, pain medication etc.
2. Knowing your history. Coming prepared with a history of your medical conditions and what kind
of procedure you've had helps your physician know more about you and
how to safely treat you for anything that comes up in the future.
3. List of questions. Last but not least, bring a list of questions. It's very important
when you come in that you're not getting anxious because you've
forgotten all the things you wanted to talk to your doctor about. A lot
of patients will come in and say "well, I wanted to tell you about
something but I've completely forgotten." It helps to have a
list written down. Since there isn't always enough time to address
everything on your list during your first visit, listing out your top
three concerns is helpful and then coming back to address less pertinent concerns.
A list of questions and your medical history is helpful especially if you
have been in a hospital or seen a doctor recently. Maybe the records obtain
them, but it's easier if you've had them in front of you so that
your doctor can talk to you at the time you're there for your first
If you're looking for a new primary care physician and would like to
schedule an appointment with Dr. Enshiwat, please call 734-421-4850.
Read more from Dr. Enshiwat:
Dr. Enshiwat on Food & Nutrition,
Top reasons to see an Internal Medicine physician