Primary Care / General Internal Medicine
General Internal Medicine at Boston Medical Center means superior care with an emphasis on preventive medicine and health screening. Our adult primary care physicians care for you when specific medical problems arise, and will work with you to help you achieve a healthy lifestyle to prevent future problems. Our diverse staff speaks many languages and interpreter services are available to make your experience as easy and comfortable as possible. Call 617.414.5951 to make an appointment today.
We offer a wide range of services:Wellness Care
Behavioral Medicine Programs
Social Work Services Wellness Care
We provide comprehensive preventive and wellness care, including routine physical exams and immunizations. We also provide regular screening and health counseling for HIV, cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, sexually transmitted diseases, addiction, diabetes and cancer.
We help treat acute problems such as coughs, flu, sore throats, stomach aches, sprains and other common medical complaints. When you are sick, please call the office before you come in. We will make every effort to see you promptly. If your regular doctor is not available, we will schedule an appointment with another physician, a physician’s assistant or a nurse practitioner. A doctor is always on call when the office is closed. To access the on-call physician, please call the office where you typically receive your care and our answering service will page the on-call physician.
We provide ongoing evaluation and treatment of any chronic conditions you may have. Every physician in our practice is board certified in Internal Medicine and has the expertise to help you manage asthma, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and many other conditions and illnesses.
Our primary care services are complemented by a full spectrum of specialty services at Boston Medical Center. For example, if you need surgery, we will coordinate your care with your surgeon, your anesthesiologist and any other specialists you may see. BMC’s medical staff includes highly-trained physicians in nearly every medical sub-specialty. When you come to BMC you can be assured that all of your care can be delivered right here.
The Women’s Health Group at Boston Medical Center, established in 1985, was one of the first in the nation to focus exclusively on the unique health care needs of women. We believe in the concept of women caring for women and seek a relationship with you based on respect, trust and understanding. We encourage your active participation in your own health care. For more information visit the Women’s Health Group website.
Should you require hospitalization, our location at a major medical center allows a smooth admission process. Your care during your stay will be provided by a specialized in-patient hospital team. Your primary care doctor may not be your main doctor while you are hospitalized, but will continue to coordinate your care while you are in the hospital.
Boston Medical Center has two pharmacy locations allowing patients to have quick, convenient access to their prescription medications.
The Behavioral Medicine Programs at Boston Medical Center are located within Primary Care and are jointly sponsored by the hospital’s Medicine and Psychiatry Departments. The goal of these programs is to advance both health promotion and disease prevention for our patients.
There are four Behavioral Medicine programs
- Smoking Cessation Clinics for both patients and hospital employees
- The Behavioral Management of Chronic Pain Clinic
- The Behavioral Management of Hypertension Clinic
- Stress Reduction and Relaxation Training Center
These clinics are “multi-component” interventions combining education about the particular disease and its treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy aimed at reducing anxiety and depression, operant conditioning focusing on changing lifestyle habits such diet and exercise, relaxation training to reduce stress and anger and social support from family and friends to help maintain these new behaviors. In keeping with Boston Medical Center’s commitment to advance medical research that could improve the lives of the people we serve, ongoing research and evaluation programs are part of the work in many of these clinics.
For more information on these programs contact Dr. Robert Sokolove, director of Behavioral Medicine, at 617.414.5098.
Boston Medical Center takes a broad view of what is needed for our patients to live healthy lives. That is why we offer a wide range of social services to help you with transportation to and from BMC, job searches, housing searches, and access to health care insurance and government financial assistance programs as well as counseling services.