Philip DeGaetano. I am a family medicine physician on Long Island, NY. I attended New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. I practiced family medicine for 5 years until I decided to jump ship to Urgent Care. I care deeply about primary care, but in a short 5 years of family medicine the hours at the office and at home began to add up. If I had an extended weekend off, the unaddressed labs, forms, call backs were daunting to come back to. On top of caring for patients, I was playing catch up all week. The urgent care setting for me is more favorable. One ER doctor once told me, “All shifts come to an end”. No matter how many patients are in the waiting room, or how many procedures I have lined up, 9 pm eventually comes and I am able to go home to my family without concern of accruing work over night or from a few days off.

I decided to create this blog to share some of my experiences both in primary care and in urgent care. Supplementing my experiences, I hope to address common, and even maybe not so common, pathology. I do not claim to be an expert or a specialist. “Jack of all trades, master of none”, may be an appropriate saying with my background. With that in mind, I try to practice with the old school mentality in treating as much as I can before referring to a specialist or the ER. I hope to build a community and encourage questions and feedback in the comments section. Posts will be intended for educational purposes only. I will not answer any specific questions about you, your family member or friends. If you or someone you know is suffering from a medical condition, then you must seek an independent physician’s advice during a physical exam.

Disclamer: Please keep in mind that medical information provided by myself, in the absence of a visit with a health care professional, must be considered an educational service only. This blog should not be relied upon as a medical judgment or treatment and does not replace a physician’s independent judgement about the appropriateness or risks of a procedure or condition for a given patient.