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MPCP Bowie Welcomes Dr. Serina Lewis

Dr. Serina Lewis is board certified with the American Academy of Family Physicians and is trained in all aspects of primary care. She received her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, Maryland. She has a patient-centered approach to improving your health and well being, and is passionate about women’s health and elder care in particular.

Dr. Lewis will provide care to patients of all ages: pediatric to geriatric, with emphasis on preventive methods of improving care.

We welcome the addition of this bright, enthusiastic provider to our practice!

Health Updates From Your MPCP Arundel Mills Providers

YOUR OVERALL HEALTH IS OUR PRIORITY

As we continue to navigate in a COVID-19 world, we are still providing care to our patients using COVID-19 safe protocols. Delay in appointments with your primary care physician may cause significant medical complications. Please continue to schedule your preventative exams and follow up appointments without fear of exposure to COVID-19. Our patients are screened thoroughly to make sure they are safe to enter the office. All who enter the office are required to wear their masks. Our waiting room is regularly sanitized and the exam rooms are disinfected between each patient. We are offering telemedicine appointments to our patient who are having any COVID associated symptoms.

COMMUNICATION

During the Pandemic, our office is experiencing larger than normal call volumes. If you are unable to reach the office through our phone system, please note that you are able to request prescription refills, appointments and referrals through our patient portal. We are asking all patients who have not yet signed-up for our MyPortfolio Patient Portal to please register today, so all necessary paperwork can be completed prior to your appointment. To register for the Portal please go to the MPCP website and select Patient Portal and follow the prompts, call the office and the staff can assist you or sign up at your upcoming office visit.

COVID-19 VACCINATIONS AND TESTING

We can administer Pfizer and Moderna vaccines at our Arundel Mills Location for initial and booster vaccinations. If you or your child have not yet received your COVID-19 vaccine, please contact our office, as we have select days to administer vaccines for our patients.

Our office is also still performing COVID-19 Testing. We offer the COVID-19 Antigen Testing (Rapid) and COVID-19 PCR testing. With the COVID-19 Antigen (Rapid) testing you can have your results back within 20 minutes and with the PCR testing you can have your results back within 24 to 48 hours. Contact the office if you need COVID-19 testing for COVID-19 symptoms, travel or for surgical clearance.

It is our goal to provide you with useful & timely information to help you live your best life! Here are three short articles that can help do just that: the importance of eye screening, colon cancer screening, and warding off chronic kidney disease.

Colon Cancer Screening

US Preventive Service Task force recommends screening for persons aged 45-75 with stool based tests or direct visualization tests. Stool based tests include guaiac occult blood testing, fecal immunochemical testing and stool DNA testing (Cologuard). Direct visualization tests are colonoscopy, CT colonography and flexible sigmoidoscopy.

  • High-sensitivity gFOBT or FIT every year (home stool kit)
  • sDNA-FIT every 1 to 3 years (Cologuard home stool kit)
  • CT colonography every 5 years (non-invasive colonoscopy [no camera])
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years (abbreviated colonoscopy[camera])
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 10 years + FIT every year (camera and home stool kit)
  • Colonoscopy screening every 10 years (camera and bowel prep)

https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/recommendation/colorectal-cancer-screening#bootstrap-panel–6

For people with a family history of colon cancer (parent or sibling) recommendation is colonoscopy starting at 40 or 10 years before the family member was diagnosed. Recommended interval is every 5 years.

https://www.uptodate.com/contents/screening-for-colorectal-cancer-in-patients-with-a-family-history-of-colorectal-cancer-or-advanced-polyp

As with most conditions, early detection and intervention is critical to prevent severe complications.

By Michael Volker, CRNP

Importance of Screening Eye Exams in People With Diabetes

Diabetes is now the leading cause of new onset blindness in adults in the US. Diabetic retinopathy is the condition where damage is caused to the retina (back part of the eye) by high blood sugar over extended periods of time. A recent study, conducted by the CDC, found almost one-third of adults over age 40 years with diabetes were affected by retinopathy. The early stages of diabetic retinopathy typical occur without symptoms, and can only be detected with a dilated eye exam by an eye doctor or with retinal photography. If left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can lead to permanent blindness. However, there is hope. Early identification of this problem can allow effective treatment before it causes vision loss, and working with your primary care provider to help keep blood sugar and blood pressure under good control can lower your risk of complications like retinopathy as well as decrease progression from early stages to more advanced vision-threatening stages of this disease. A screening eye exam to check for retinopathy is recommended annually in adults with diabetes, and we are making every effort to help enable our patients to access screening by offering the option of retinal photographs in our office. Retinal photography only takes a few minutes, and the images are reviewed by board-certified ophthalmologists. If you have diabetes, regular follow-up visits with your primary care provider are an important way to help you stay up to date with screenings and prevent diabetes-related conditions from getting in the way of living your best life.

By Matthew Adler, MD