Your medical team comprises all of your doctors, specialists, and other medical professionals, and it’s helpful to keep them organized for a few reasons. The most obvious: your own health. If something happens, who should be contacted?
Another reason is to share is to build a referral network for friends, family, and acquaintances. We see a lot of doctors in our lifetime, and it’s easy to forget their names and contact information when their services are no longer required. By keeping all these contacts organized, when a friend or acquaintance asks if you know a great dermatologist or orthopedic surgeon, the information will be at your fingertips.
Primary care doctor
Not to diminish any other doctors you might see, but this is the mother ship of medical information about your life. Make sure you keep this doctor’s contact information readily available in case your family needs it.
Include the type of doctor. The list doesn't mention every type of doctor or medical profession, but it’s a very good start:
- Infectious disease specialist.
- Orthopedic surgeon.
- Otolaryngologist (ear, nose, throat).
- Plastic surgeon.
- Physiatrist (physical medicine & rehabilitation).
Whether you have a long-time pharmacist you practically consider family or use a franchise drug store, it’s helpful to let your family know who measures and gives you your meds, especially if medical questions or concerns arise. Keep your pharmacist’s contact information with the rest of your medical professionals, along with any additional details. (Read more: How to Organize the Most Important Aspects of Your Medical History.)
Tip: The goal is to make it as easy as possible for your family or loved ones to get in touch with your medical pros, so make the contact info as comprehensive as you like. You might just want to include a name, phone number, or email address to point your family or loved ones in the right direction.
Keep your plan up-to-date: Make sure all of the stuff listed above is neatly organized, updated, and shared, perhaps in an Everplan. (What’s an Everplan? Learn more and sign up here.)
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Things to Consider:
- Would your family know the right doctor to contact in a medical emergency?
- We’ve identified more than 20 types of doctors who provide valuable services at every stage of life. Perhaps you can identify even more.
- Include a comprehensive description of what made the doctor or specialist so great if you want to solidify your referral.