Pediatrics Specialist

Mark A. Ramirez, MD -  - Family Physician

Mark A. Ramirez, MD

Family Physician located in Hemet, CA

Family medicine includes preventive and acute pediatric care for children and adolescents. Mark A. Ramirez, MD, of Hemet, California, offers pediatric services in the context of family medicine.

Pediatrics Q & A

What is Pediatric Medicine?

Pediatrics is a medical specialty focused on the care of infants, children, and adolescents. Pediatric care can be provided by either pediatricians or family medicine doctors, who are trained to provide well child care, treat illnesses or injuries and monitor the growth and development of children. Family practice physicians often treat not just the child, but the whole family, which gives them a unique perspective a pediatrician may not have.

Why Does My Child Need So Many Check-ups?

The first few years of a child's life involve a lot of developmental changes. Regular checkups help identify problems early or can reassure parents that their child is developing normally. Family medicine doctors who offer pediatric care must often deal with complex problems adults don't have, like developmental delays, congenital problems, child abuse and neglect. In addition to providing a chance to assess the child, a well-child visit offers the doctor an opportunity to educate parents or address any concerns they may have.

Are There Pediatric Specialties?

Yes; although both pediatricians and family medicine doctors are trained as generalists, either might specialize in an area like adolescent medicine. Family medicine practitioners may deliver babies, but only pediatricians can specialize in neonatology, the care of very young infants. Some pediatricians also specialize in areas like heart surgery, childhood infectious disease or diabetes management. A specialty requires additional training after the pediatric or family medicine residency, lasting at least two years.

When Should an Adolescent "Graduate" From the Pediatrician?

This is very much an individual issue. If the child is seeing a family medicine specialist, he or she may simply transition to adult care and stay with the same physician. Some pediatricians see children up to the age of 18, while for others the cut-off point is 21. If a child has a developmental delay or a condition that primarily affects children, like cystic fibrosis, he or she may continue to see a pediatrician well into adulthood.

Accepted Insurance Providers

Our practice accepts most major insurance plans. If you do not see your insurance listed below, please call our office to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members about your individual coverage.

Aetna
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield BlueCard PPO
Cigna
First Health
Great West Health Care
Health Net
Molina Healthcare
Multiplan
Tricare
United Healthcare