Gerontology Visits at BIDMC
To get the most out of your doctor visit, go through this checklist before
your appointment, and take time to prepare for your visit. Be sure to write
down any answers to questions that you ask your doctor as well.
Bring ALL your medicines,
including non-prescription meds, to your visit in their bottles or
bubble packs with you. This is better than a list, which can be
incomplete or have incorrect doses.
Prepare a list of questions
that you have for your doctor and bring it with you.
to help remember everything your doctor tells you — write things down
or bring someone with you to the visit.
Stay focused on your medical issues.
While it is nice to socialize with your doctor, time is short, and you
should get the medical discussion done first so you won't be frustrated
that all your questions weren't answered.
Keep track of your vaccinations
(flu, pneumonia, shingles, DTaP for tetanus) so you have a copy of when
you got them.
Health Care Proxy
with your primary care doctor and let him/her know who you have chosen
and what the phone numbers are.