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					When Your Family Practice Physician Retires

You may have had the same family practice doctor for a great number of
years and just got news that he is about to retire. You are beside
yourself and are in a panic mode trying to even fathom who will be able
to take his place. Because of the fact that family practice doctors are
considered somewhat old school, it is likely this will happen one day.

Your doctor will find someone to take over his family practice that he is
confident in and believes has a good bedside manner. He will probably
familiarize himself with the new doctor first and have him come to the
office during business hours and watch how your doctor conducts business
and possibly to see any interaction that the new doctor may have with the
patients and staff.

This process will probably begin months or maybe even as much as a year
before your doctor's retirement. You will probably be notified first by a
personal letter from your doctor announcing his retirement but it is
possible that the first time you hear about it could be from rumor or
gossip. You will have plenty of time to make at least one appointment
with your doctor before he goes and he will value your opinion on your
feelings toward the new doctor.

The nurse staff will probably give you a good heads up too as to whether
or not they like him, especially if they do not, as they will get a job
somewhere else. If the staff stays it is a sign that you are probably in
good shape. Remember, you have been dealing with the staff for a long
time so they will at least give you an eye roll if they do not think you
will care for him. Trust in your doctor, he is the one who picked him.

Once more before your doctor retires, you should be able to have an
opportunity to meet with your doctor while the new doctor is present and
speak with both of them. This makes the transaction much smoother. After
all, this is a huge transition for you and your doctor understands that.

When it is time to schedule an appointment with the new doctor, you will
at least know what to expect. It is certain that the new doctor will do
all he can to make your visit comfortable. He will want to go over your
chart and see what your past medical history has been. He is now your new
family practice doctor, of course he will want to know. Be confident and
if you have any apprehension, tell him about it. It may even take a visit
or two before you will get to know him and be certain of a choice between
stating with the new doctor and perhaps checking out the competition of
other family practices in your area.

Chances are that your new doctor has had a chance to scope out any
weaknesses that your old doctor had and maybe he corrected them to make
the new family practice even better than ever.

				
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