What is Family Practice?
Family practice means that comprehensive care will be provided to all members of families registered in this category. This includes a yearly physical examination, review of health history, screening through lab tests, pap test, mammograms, bone mineral density testing and focused exams throughout the year for concerns related to the patient’s heath.
Dr. Sherman’s main focus for her family practice is reduction of health risk factors associated with disease. She also focuses on preventing any worsening of a current medical condition. Dr. Sherman often recommends some daily nutritional supplements as well as regular exercise and a well balanced lifestyle.
Family practice patients may schedule an appointment with Dr. Sherman at their convenience. Scheduled appointments help prevent extensive waiting times, although some waiting times may occur; typically 15-30min. If there is an emergency or more urgent issue, patients may also see Dr. Sherman through the Walk-In Clinic, however longer delays may be expected.
New Change for Annual Physicals for Family Practice Patients
In an effort to cut costs of unnecessary procedures and examinations, the Ontario government and Ontario Medical Association (OMA) have struck a deal that will scale back on annual physical exams for adults between the ages of 18 and 64 years .
Research has shown that screening catered to individual patient needs is more effective for patients and more cost-effective than performing complete annual physical exams on all patients. Patients between the ages of 18 and 64 will have reduced screening if less testing is needed, and increased screening if more tests are deemed necessary. Patients less than 18 and over 64 will still be eligible for the usual complete physical exam that has been done in the past.
If you have any questions, feel free to call our office at (519)250-6990.
Please note that test results are not provided over the phone. All results will be reviewed by Dr. Sherman once they arrive and patients that receive questionable results will be contact by phone to schedule an appointment. At that appointment Dr. Sherman will discuss the results and recommend a treatment plan. Patients are advised to schedule an appointment after doing any tests, e.g. Bloodwork, Mammo, bone density to discuss the results with Dr. Sherman. Patients with test results that come back normalwill not be called to schedule an appointment. If you have had recent testing and have any concerns, it is your responsibility to call to schedule a follow-up appointment.