9 Reasons Why College Students Need a Primary Care Doctor

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Between studying, job obligations, socializing and visiting family back home, college students often don’t think about establishing a Primary Care physician until it is absolutely necessary.

Millennials, and more specifically college students, are changing the way that healthcare is delivered. They are more comfortable handling things via technology than in-person, including when it comes to their health care provider. However, there are many reasons why college students should be proactive about their healthcare by establishing a primary care physician while away at school.

Why Students Need Primary Care Doctors:

  1. Whether thru e-visits or traditional appointments, physicians are trained to know and consider the whole person (including prior health history) when treating conditions or considering long-term health.
  2. It decreases the stress of trying to find an urgent care facility for the issues that pop up unexpectedly.
  3. Sensitive subjects are much easier to talk about with someone you know and who knows you (without always having to involve Mom and Dad).
  4. “Living in the moment” or “having the college experience” may not always include a healthy diet, regular exercise or other self-care activities that keep you healthy and well long-term.
  5. Being proficient in the perusal of Google and WebMD are not substitutes for talking to a qualified professional, being evaluated in real-time with the correct tests, and being treated appropriately. Sometimes essential oils, acupuncture, and meditation just won’t cut it.
  6. They can talk about what your “23AndMe” results really mean and how this can impact your health moving forward or if you are thinking about having children one day.
  7. Most providers are well-versed in “wellness care” and can discuss your questions and concerns regarding sustainable health, vitamins, supplements, the most recent diet craze and which workout class you should be making time for.
  8. According to the CDC, 50% of new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) each year affect people aged 15-24. Your physician can walk through this with you and give you options for prevention or treatment.
  9. A primary care doctor wants to see you again, for whatever life and your health may throw your way.

Going off to college? Think about how you can be ahead of the game and establish yourself with a primary care provider in your new city!

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