Sending a child off to college is a big change for any family. Amid all the tuition payments and searching out the best roommate, students and parents can easily forget to think about what this transition means for your child’s relationship with a primary care provider (PCP).
Most college freshmen are in their late teen years, so families may struggle with whether to maintain the existing relationship with a child’s pediatrician for a few more years, or if it’s time for your young adult to find an internist or family medicine doctor. And, if your child does look for a new doctor, should it be on-campus or closer to home?
South Shore Medical Center pediatrician Jeremy Warhaftig, MD, says that he often advises his patients and their parents to maintain a relationship with a doctor at home, whether it’s with a pediatrician or a doctor that sees adult patients.