1. Who is General Physician?
A general physician (GP) is a medical doctor who specializes in non-surgical healthcare to adults. A general physician treats many diseases that affect the body, whose primary treatment does not require surgery. General physicians treat all conditions related to the cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological, haematological, endocrine, and gastrointestinal systems. Some GPs can specialize in any one of the systems listed above.
2. What are the education qualifications for a General Physician?
General physicians are also referred to as primary care physicians. A general physician needs to complete a medical residency for primary care practice after graduating from medical school. The pre-requisites for residency are a bachelor’s degree based on sciences, minimum GPA, medical school, and basic medical training. The candidate should be committed to spend 3 years in residency.
3. For which symptoms should one consult a General Physician?
A general physician is usually the primary contact for any health issue. A general physician treats you for cardiovascular, respiratory, muscle-bone, neurological, gastrointestinal, and endocrine related health issues that can be treated without surgical intervention. So, if you have any symptoms related to any of these systems, you can consult a general physician.
4. Do General Physicians provide home consultations?
General physicians or practitioners provide routine healthcare like physical examinations and immunizations, and treat a host of medical conditions. They usually have regular, ongoing, long-term patients and provide medical care to patients of different age groups. Providing home consultations is a choice that the general practitioner has to make. General check-ups or routine examinations may be provided at home.
5. Can a General Physician perform surgery?
No, a general physician mainly provides non-surgical treatment for a number of health conditions, illnesses, and injuries. A general surgeon and not a general physician performs surgeries. General physicians specialize in primary care and build long-term relationships with the patients. The treatment provided by physicians revolves around basic medication, physical therapy, and other non-surgical techniques to treat various conditions
A General Physician is a medical doctor specialized in providing non-surgical health care to patients. They diagnose and treat a wide range of acute and chronic illnesses. They also perform various health check-ups on a regular basis to evaluate the situation of a disease or a medical condition.
A 5-year medical degree [MBBS], recognized by the General Medical Council is the basic requirement for an individual to be a General Physician. Additionally, the following are the specialties or extra qualifications required to be a General Physician:
In most cases, the primary role of General Physicians is non-operative and they cannot perform surgeries. General Physicians usually examine patients before surgery. They can advise surgeons about a patient's health condition and risk status and can recommend appropriate management to minimize the risk of an operation. General Physicians can also assist in post-operative care and other ongoing complications.\
General Physicians diagnose and treat patients with medications and lifestyle modifications. It is recommended to consult a General Physician if an individual is suffering from any of the following medical conditions:
You can consult a General Physician either online or offline. However, depending on the availability of the doctor and the convenience of the patient, pre-booking may be required for consultation.
Consultation with the General Physician once a year for examination is effective in maintaining proper health. However, depending on the patient’s age and medical condition they are suffering from, then he/she should consult the physician twice or thrice in a year.