Family medicine at Scripps
We put our patients at the center of everything we do. Scripps family medicine physicians aim to establish a long-term relationship with you and your family, developing with you as your family grows. They focus on preventive medicine and wellness, and they share a goal of keeping you and your loved ones healthy with annual exams, screenings and vaccines.
What is family medicine?
While they focus on prevention, family medicine physicians have the expertise and training needed to diagnose and treat a wide spectrum of medical conditions for people of all ages — from infants to older people.
What do family medicine physicians do?
As a primary care doctor, family medicine physicians provide patients with a personal medical home through which they can receive comprehensive care. In addition to treating acute and chronic conditions, they offer the following services to help you and your family get healthy and stay well:
- Preventive screenings
- Routine check-ups
- Health risk assessments
- Personalized counseling on maintaining a healthy lifestyle
- Management of chronic conditions, such as diabetes, asthma and high cholesterol
- Regular gynecological screenings, such as breast exams and Pap smears
- Coordination of referrals to specialists
Some family medicine physicians may specialize or have an interest in men’s health, women's health, geriatric care or sports medicine.
Which medical groups with Scripps offer family medicine?
Scripps Clinic, Scripps Coastal Medical Center and Scripps-affiliated medical groups have family medicine specialists. Affiliated medical groups include Scripps Physicians Medical Group, Mercy Physicians Medical Group and Scripps Mercy Physician Partners.
Where are family medicine doctors located at Scripps?
Scripps has family medicine physicians at locations throughout San Diego from North County to South Bay. At Scripps Clinic and Scripps Coastal Medical Center, many of our board-certified family medicine doctors have early morning, evening and Saturday hours to accommodate your busy schedule. You can also schedule your appointment online through our Doctor Finder and MyScripps, our secure online patient portal. In addition, our doctors offer telemedicine options including video visits and e-visits. Most telemedicine visits with your family doctor can be conveniently scheduled online or call your physician’s office to schedule your visit.
Scripps Clinic family medicine locations
Scripps Clinic family medicine physicians provide the highest quality care for all ages. Scripps Clinic family medicine doctors are trained at some of the most rigorous programs and offer thorough and comprehensive primary care, focusing on prevention.
You can choose a Scripps Clinic family medicine physician at:
Scripps Coastal Medical Center family medicine locations
Scripps Coastal Medical Center family medicine physicians provide expert, compassionate care for all ages. Our family medicine doctors provide the full scope of primary care and believe in building a partnership with you and involving you in the decision-making process.
You can find a Scripps Coastal Medical Center physician at:
- Scripps Coastal Medical Center Carlsbad
- Scripps Coastal Medical Center Eastlake
- Scripps Coastal Medical Center Encinitas
- Scripps Coastal Medical Center Jefferson
- Scripps Coastal Medical Center Hillcrest
- Scripps Coastal Medical Center Oceanside
- Scripps Coastal Medical Center San Marcos
- Scripps Coastal Medical Center Solana Beach
- Scripps Coastal Medical Center Vista
What is curbside arrival?
Curbside arrival tells us when you’ve arrived and lets you wait in your vehicle until your exam room is ready. This service is available through the MyScripps mobile app for patients with scheduled appointments at our Scripps Clinic and Scripps Coastal outpatient locations. Learn more about how to use curbside arrival for your next appointment.
Where can I get same-day care at Scripps?
Many providers offer same-day appointments either in person or by video visit. Additionally, minor illnesses and injuries can be treated at a HealthExpress walk-in clinic; no appointment is necessary. You can go online to view wait times and select the On My Way option to be added to the queue of patients waiting to be seen.
Virtual Care at Scripps allows you to receive care with a Scripps provider at your convenience from home or another location. Telemedicine options include video visits and e-visits; we also offer a free symptom checker so you can evaluate your symptoms and determine the best route of care.
Scripps HealthExpress same-day, walk-in clinics provide care for minor illnesses and injuries, and administer select vaccinations. HealthExpress clinics are open every day, including weekends and holidays. You can go online to view wait times at nearby HealthExpress clinics, then select the On My Way option to be added to the queue of patients waiting to be seen.
When you have a more serious illness or injury, but not serious enough for the emergency room, our three urgent care centers are available, including a 24-hour urgent care in La Jolla.
Always go the emergency room when life or limb are at risk. The emergency physicians and staff are ready for any critical situation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
How do I find a family medicine physician?
Scripps is the provider San Diego turns to for excellence in health care. Let us be there for you and your family. Our primary care physicians are the first doctor you see for any health concerns. They provide annual exams to monitor your health, complete annual screenings, and manage vaccinations and chronic health conditions. As your primary care physician, they help you get and stay healthy, and coordinate any specialty care you might need. If you’re considering an HMO or managed health care plan, you’ll need to choose a primary care physician as part of your enrollment.
To help you choose the best family physician for you and your family, check our Doctor Finder. Whether you’re looking for a family physician who speaks a certain language or has specific expertise in nutrition, women’s health or sports medicine, our Doctor Finder can help.
The Doctor Finder tool can be used to search for a doctor, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant by name, specialty, hospital affiliation, gender, language and practice location. Many of our family physicians have videos online to help you get to know them.
How can I get more help?
Our physician referral specialists can be reached at 800-727-4777 Monday - Friday, 7 am - 7 pm, for more information about our doctors, services and classes.
Learn more about:
- How to choose a primary care physician
- Health insurance plans that include Scripps doctors and hospitals
- Where to get your flu vaccine
- Walk-in clinics open seven days a week for minor illnesses and injuries
- The difference between an MD and a DO
- Whether you should go to a walk-in clinic, emergency room or urgent care
- Curbside arrival for your next appointment to keep you safe