Choosing a doctor or another type of health
professional to help with your health care is very important. Never before have
people had so many kinds of doctors and other health professionals to choose
from. The relationship you have with your health professional greatly
influences the health decisions you make and, ultimately, your health.
Talk with your health professional about being a partner in your health
decisions. He or she will most likely support your desire to take an active
role in your health care.
Think about these important
things when you are choosing a health professional:
Will the health
professional be available when needed?
Will the health professional
work in partnership with you?
Does your health plan provide
coverage for this service?
This topic lists many of the specialties and subspecialties
of medical doctors. It also provides listings for other types of health
professionals you may see for your health needs. Each listing includes a
description of the specialty and information about why you might choose that
type of health professional.
Medical specialists are doctors
who have completed advanced education and clinical training in a specific area
of medicine (their specialty area). Examples of medical specialists include the
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is the
umbrella organization for the 24 approved medical specialty boards in the
United States. The ABMS provides information to the public concerning issues
involving specialization and certification in medicine. This organization can
help you verify whether your doctor is board-certified.
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.