Your primary care doctor is a key member of your health care team. He or she offers guidance to help you stay well, provides treatment and monitoring when you’re ill, and coordinates your care if you need specialized treatment.
At Duke Primary Care, adults have a choice between doctors specializing in family medicine or internal medicine. In many ways, these types of doctors are similar: Their common goal is to help you protect and improve your health. But there are differences in their training and the types of patients they see.
Dr. Andrea Caplea, MD, MPH, a family medicine doctor at Duke Primary Care Wellesley in Cary, and Dr. Karl Bernat Jr., MD, an internal medicine doctor at Duke Primary Care Midtown in Raleigh, each provided perspectives on their type of medical practice.