Depending on the reason for your visit, this checklist may help you be prepared:
- Gather documents to bring to your doctor’s visit:
- Copies of any tests, x-rays, or health histories relating to your medical problem
- Completed medical history questionnaire
- A list of all current medications taken on a regular basis, including over the counter medications and supplements
- Review special directions from your doctor about diet or medication restrictions prior to your appointment
- Bring a photo ID and your insurance card to each visit
- Friends or relatives may accompany you if you wish
- Let our front desk staff know if you don’t want to receive appointment reminder calls.
- Reminder calls are often sent the day before your scheduled appointment.
Because we are located on the campus of Ohio University, we have a specific parking lot assigned to for valued patients of UMA. If you are visiting UMA at our Parks Hall location you can conveniently park in our designated parking lot in front of the building. You will not be required to have a parking pass of any sort if you park in this lot while visiting us at our Parks Hall location.
To make the most of your appointment, be sure to ask your provider any questions or express any concerns you have.
Here’s a list of possible questions to ask your provider:
- What is my diagnosis?
- What are my treatment options? What are the benefits of each option? What are the side effects?
- Will I need a test? What is the test for? What will the results tell me?
- What will the medicine you are prescribing do? How do I take it? Are there any side effects?
- Why do I need surgery? Are there other ways to treat my condition? How often do you perform this surgery?
- Do I need to change my daily routine?
Because we are a teaching clinic, there may be a medical student assisting and learning from the physician treating you. If you prefer not to have a student in on your visit, you may request so at the front desk when you sign in.
- If you need to see another doctor, we’ll make every effort to schedule additional tests and consultations at the earliest available time.
- If you need to be hospitalized, we’ll coordinate arrangements and provide the hospital with information prior to your admittance.
- Same day appointments may be made in any of our offices if the schedule allows for it. Sometimes this isn’t possible, but we will do all that we can.
- If you need a same day appointment for an acute care situation, our Express Care Clinic on Union St. in Athens is made for just such an occasion. They take walk in appointments between 9am-6pm on weekdays and 10am-6pm on weekends.
Cancellations may be made by calling the office in which your appointment is scheduled. You may cancel an appointment at any time.
- A same day cancellation is accepted, but too many of them in a short time and you may be dismissed from our practice.
- More than three (3) missed scheduled appointments or same day cancellations within a year may result in being dismissed from our practice.