About the Clinician Directory
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) clinician directory provides information about our medical staff. Use the directory to learn information about primary physicians in Northern California. We update the directory regularly and make every effort to provide accurate information.
Below is a list of answers to frequently asked questions about the PAMF clinician directory.
- How often is the status of a physician's availability to new patients updated?
- Who is listed in the directory?
- Is a physician's HMO plan number included in the directory?
- Terms used in the clinician directory
How often is the status of a physician's availability to new patients updated?
PAMF primary care physicians (PCPs) availability to new patients is updated regularly on the site. PCPs include pediatricians, family medicine and internal medicine doctors.
Most PCPs are listed as open or closed to new patients but some are open only to certain types of new patients, such as newborns or siblings of existing patients.
Specialists are usually always open and can be seen either by referral or by calling their office for an appointment, depending on the type of a person's insurance.
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Who is listed in the directory?
The PAMF directory lists permanent medical staff members; information is included about primary care physicians in Northern California and other providers such as nutritionists and optometrists.
PAMF also employs a number of temporary physicians for short-term coverage. These physicians are not listed in the directory.
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Is a physician's HMO plan number included in the directory?
No. Each health plan that contracts with PAMF assigns an individual identification number to a physician that is unique to that plan. These numbers often change and are not common across plans. It is impossible for PAMF to track every number for each health plan and therefore we do not include this information in our directory.
You should contact your health plan if you are having problems finding a physician's plan number. Many health plan Web sites now have search features for looking up a physician identification number.
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Terms used in the clinician directory
A board-certified physician has completed an approved educational training program and an evaluation process including an examination designed to assess the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to provide quality patient care in a particular area of medicine.
Usually refers to a period of postgraduate medical education during which a physician gains the experience necessary to assume responsibility for the care of patients.
The first year of training after medical school is sometimes called an internship. It is also referred to as the first year of residency or PGY-1 (Post-Graduate Year-1). There are many different residency programs, but generally the first year of residency (internship or PGY-1) is spent either rotating through different specialties or rotating to different areas within one specialty.
A period of advanced medical training and education that normally follows graduation from medical school and licensing to practice medicine. It consists of supervised practice of a specialty in hospital and outpatient settings and instruction from specialists on the hospital and clinic staff.
A period of training that occurs after completion of a residency program. Its goal is to provide advanced training in a sub-specialty field of medicine. Not all physicians will complete a fellowship.
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