University Medicine Primary Care Practices
What is a Primary Care Physician?
A Primary Care Physician (PCP) is a doctor selected by the patient to be the first physician that patient contacts for any medical problem.
A PCP acts as the patient's regular physician and coordinates any other care the patient needs, such as a visit to a specialist or hospitalization.
PCPs are doctors of medicine (MD) or osteopathy (DO) who specialize in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, or Pediatrics.
How are Family Medicine and Internal Medicine Different?
A family physician is trained to treat the health care needs of men, women, and children of all ages throughout their lives.
Family physicians provide a wide range of health services, including preventive care, obstetrics, routine gynecological care, and pediatric services, as well as care for chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
Internal medicine doctors, also known as internists, are trained specifically to care for adults from the age of 18 to 99+, both healthy individuals as well as those who have complex medical issues, such as diabetes and heart disease.
Women's Integrated Services in Health (WISH) provides both internal and family medicine physicians who care for the unique needs of women.
Which type of doctor is best for you depends on the specific needs of you and your family. Please contact any of our locations (see below) where family medicine and internal medicine are offered, and ask for help in choosing the right doctor for you.
Our Primary Care Clinics: Your Patient-Centered Medical Homes
What does it mean to be a patient-centered medical home?
It is not a building, a hospital or a home.
It is the way we give care.
It is a team-based approach to your health care, led by your primary care provider.
It is care that focuses on you and your health care needs.
What can a patient-centered medical home do for you?
- Give you better, more personalized care, because your health care team knows you.
- Guide you through the complex health care system to help you get the care you need, either from us or others.
- Offer you better access to care that is managed between your doctor, hospitals, and specialists.
Your healthcare team will partner with you to live a healthier life with preventive care rather than only reacting to sickness or injury. A medical home increases your access to care and manages your care within our offce, hospitals and your specialists.
Health care team and patient roles in a medical home clinic
Our role as your health care team is to . . .
- Give you a safe setting to talk about private concerns.
- Work together with you, using shared decision making, to manage your health.
- Serve as the quarterback of your broader health care provider team, managing your care both inside and outside the practice.
- Tell you of the services offered within the practice.
- Give you and your family personalized and current proven medical care.
Your role as a patient is to . . .
- Be an active member on your health care team.
- Write down a list of concerns and questions so we can talk about them.
- Give us a list of all medications, as well as those over the counter, so we can help prevent harmful interactions.
- Call us before you go to an Emergency Room or hospital, or at least let us know as soon as possible that you've gone.
- Make sure to tell other providers who your primary care provider is. Please allow them to share the information from the visit.
- Take care of your health.
When should I go to my medical home clinic? When should I go to the emergency room?
You don't have to go to the emergency room, unless you really need to.
- Go to your medical home for common illnesses, when you or a family member looks or acts sick:
- Sore throat/cough
- Go to your medical home for problems that need care now:
- Injuries, sprains, and cuts that need stitches
- And, as always, go to your medical home for:
- Yearly physicals and immunizations (as needed for wellness and prevention)
- Help managing chronic illnesses or conditions
- Go to the emergency room when you or a family member could die or risk their health without urgent help:
- When bleeding won't stop
- When breathing is difficult
- After a serious accident
- Experiencing chest pain
- After a seizure that lasts more than 3 minutes
Make an Appointment at One of our 9 Metro-area Locations!
The University of Colorado Hospital operates 9 Primary Care locations throughout Denver with our physician partners, who are faculty members of the nationally renowned University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.