Annual Physical Exams Specialist

Bethesda Endocrinology

Michael Emmer, MD

Endocrinology & Internal Medicine located in Bethesda, MD

Learn more about your health and get essential disease screenings and treatment with an annual physical exam at Bethesda Endocrinology. Located in Bethesda, Maryland, for more than 40 years, Michael Emmer, MD, is a board-certified physician specializing in endocrinology and internal medicine. He cares for patients from adolescence through adulthood with compassion, patience, and diligence. To schedule your yearly physical, call or book online now.

Annual Physical Exams Q & A

What is involved in an annual physical exam?

Dr. Emmer offers thorough annual physical exams for adolescents and adults to screen for diseases and identify any potential health issues that may affect you. Your annual physical exam includes:


  • Medical history
  • Prescription medication history, if applicable
  • Blood pressure
  • Height and weight measurements
  • Heart and lung exam
  • Thyroid exam
  • Basic men’s and women’s exams
  • Musculoskeletal exam
  • Reflex testing
  • Basic neurological testing
  • Blood and urine testing, if appropriate

If Dr. Emmer identifies any issues during your annual physical exam, he may recommend a follow-up visit or additional blood tests to diagnose your condition or update your health record.

Why should I get an annual physical exam?

Annual physical exams provide essential disease screenings to determine your risk of developing certain cancers, heart disease, kidney problems, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. These chronic health issues require additional medical care, often available from Dr. Emmer, in order to prevent medical complications, including heart attacks, strokes, or even death.

Dr. Emmer makes annual physical exams a high priority for all of his patients, not only for disease screenings, but also as opportunities to discuss your health and the strategies you can follow to become even healthier. Dr. Emmer may recommend certain lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, increasing your exercise, or changing your diet, depending on your current health and future wellness goals.

Annual physical exams also give you an opportunity to ask questions about your health, medication prescriptions you’re taking, or specialized tests you may need in the future. Dr. Emmer focuses a portion of every physical exam visit on education so you know what screenings and tests are most beneficial for you based on your family and personal medical history.

Dr. Emmer can also update or modify your prescriptions if needed.

Is an annual physical exam covered by my health insurance?

Yes, in most cases insurance companies cover annual physical exams. Annual physical exams are one of the best ways to prevent the development of chronic diseases or other health issues that may affect you. Dr. Emmer strongly values the doctor-patient relationship and never rushes annual physical exam visits, since he knows it may be your best opportunity to discuss your concerns and answer any questions you may have about your health.

Schedule your annual physical exam now by calling Bethesda Endocrinology or booking online.