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Patient-Centered Family Medicine Center: Reno

Patient-Centered Family Medicine

Dr. Jaren Blake, associate professor of family medicine, explains the advantages of visiting the School of Medicine's Patient-Centered Family Medicine Center. The center is staffed by University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine family doctors who provide a broad range of primary care services, as well as train physician residents.

The Patient-Centered Family Medicine Center is an innovative first-of-its-kind program for improving primary care for Nevadans by focusing on organizing your medical care around you, working in teams and coordinating and tracking care over time. Our primary goal is to give you the best possible medical care by building a trusting partnership between you as an informed patient, our providers and the health care team. The center of the team is you, the patient.

This team approach involves physicians and nurse practitioners overseeing and directing your health care. Other health care professionals including nurses, nurse practitioners, dieticians and physical therapists will work together with the physicians to provide care that is coordinated and sensitive to your needs. There is a focus on patient education to assist you in making the best health care choices.

Together, your health and well-being is our collective responsibility and one of the distinguishing features of the Patient-Centered Family Medicine clinic.

Patient-Centered Family Medicine Responsibilities:

  • Respect you as an individual.
  • Listen to your feelings and questions to help you make decisions and set healthy goals.
  • Provide the best possible treatment and advice based on current medical evidence. To do this, we must have information including a list of your medications, health status, recent test results, visits to specialists and data from recent hospitalizations or visits to the emergency room.
  • Send you to trusted experts as needed.
  • Provide you with the education you need to best monitor your health care.
  • End every visit with clear instructions about expectations, treatment goals, medicines and future plans.
  • Provide 24-hour phone access to your Patient-Centered Family Medicine health care team.
  • Keep your medical information and records private.

Patient Responsibilities:

  • Learn about wellness and preventing disease to make healthy decisions.
  • Learn what your insurance covers.
  • Be honest and thorough about your medical history, symptoms and changes to your health.
  • Tell us what medications you take and ask for refills during your office visits.
  • Tell us when you see other doctors, medications they have prescribed and ask them to send us a report about your care with them.
  • Take your prescribed medicines and follow your treatment plan or inform us on why the plan is not working for you.
  • Keep appointments as scheduled or call if you need to cancel.
Patient-Centered Family Medicine Center: Reno