On your first visit, we will begin a permanent record. Please bring any medications you are taking, so that we may accurately determine the dosage and frequency. We will ask you to complete the medical history and registration form. Please bring your insurance card and try to arrive at least 30 minutes early for your first visit. If you have been under the care of another doctor, we may ask your permission to transfer some of your records.
We have three appointment categories that take up varying amounts of time:
- New patient visits—Plan on spending one hour including check-in time, filling out forms and the actual physician visit
- Follow-up exams—30 minutes
- Sick visits—Varies depending on your symptoms, but plan on at least 30 minutes
Canceling an Appointment
Our appointments are confirmed by an automated service. Please listen carefully, and follow the prompts to either confirm or cancel your appointment.
If you later decide that you are unable to keep your appointment or you are going to be late, please call your physician's office as soon as possible. This courtesy allows us to be of service to other patients.
In Case of Emergency
If you have an urgent problem, you may call your physician's office to schedule an appointment. However, if you feel it is a life-threatening emergency, call 911. Do not delay by calling the doctor's office first.
Prepare for Your Visit
If you feel you might have an endocrine or metabolic disorder, make an appointment with your primary care provider.
Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment, and what to expect from your doctor:
Write down your symptoms, including when they started and how often they occur.
- List your key medical information, including any other conditions for which you're being treated and the names of medications, vitamins or supplements you're taking.
- Log details about your recent diabetes management, if you have diabetes. Notes for your doctor should include the timing and results of recent blood sugar tests, as well as the schedule on which you've been taking your medications if any.
- List your typical daily habits, including alcohol intake, meals and exercise routines.
- Take a family member or friend along, if possible. Sometimes it can be difficult to soak up all the information provided to you during an appointment. Someone who accompanies you may remember something that you missed or forgot.
- Write down questions to ask your doctor. Creating your list of questions in advance can help you make the most of your time with your doctor.
Questions to ask your doctor if you have diabetes include:
- Are my signs and symptoms due to hypoglycemia?
- What is most likely triggering my hypoglycemia?
- Do I need to adjust my treatment plan?
- Do I need to make any changes to my diet?
- Do I need to make any changes to my exercise routine?
- What else do you recommend to help me better manage my condition?
Questions to ask if you haven't been diagnosed with diabetes include:
- Is hypoglycemia the most likely cause of my signs and symptoms?
- What else might be causing these signs and symptoms?
- What tests do I need?
- What are the possible complications of this condition?
- How is this condition treated?
- What self-care steps, including lifestyle changes, can I take to help improve my signs and symptoms?
- Should I see a specialist?
In addition to the questions that you've prepared to ask your doctor, don't hesitate to ask questions during your appointment.
What to expect from your doctor
A doctor who sees you for signs and symptoms of an endocrine or metabolic disorder is likely to ask you a number of questions. The doctor may ask:
- What are your signs and symptoms?
- When did you first notice these signs and symptoms?
- When do your signs and symptoms typically occur?
- Does anything seem to provoke your signs and symptoms?
- Have you been diagnosed with any other medical conditions?
- What medications are you currently taking, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs as well as vitamins and supplements?
- What is your typical daily diet?
- Do you drink alcohol? If yes, how much?
- What is your typical exercise routine?
Note: If you have diabetes, your doctor also may ask a number of detailed questions about your diabetes management. If will help to come to your appointment with a recent log of blood sugar test results, medication names and schedules and any changes you've noticed in the frequency or severity of diabetes-related symptoms.