Marilyn Halder, MD
Board Certified in Family Medicine
I was born in Bangladesh where there was only one doctor for 3,000 people. High birth rate and low literacy rate threatened the health of so many. This situation guided my conscience and led me to realize that the best way to help people was to become a doctor. In December 1998, I came to the United States as a student and received a Master Degree in Public Health from the University of Miami in 2000. I began an internship in Family Medicine at St. Cloud Hospital/Mayo Family Medicine Residency Program in Minnesota and completed residency in Family Medicine at Phoenix Baptist Hospital in Arizona. I completed Fellowship in Geriatric medicine in 2010 at Banner Family Medicine Geriatric Fellowship Program.
I prefer rural medicine over an urban setting because of the opportunity to practice a wide variety of services and to connect individually with each patient. I like serving and working with diverse patient populations.
I joined the team at Wickenburg Community Hospital Clinic in 2010. As a primary care provider I perform wellness examinations, pediatric to geriatric medicine, gynecological care, and minor surgical procedures.
What is a Family Doctor?
Unlike other physicians who specialize in treating one particular organ or disease, your family physician is uniquely trained to care for you as a whole person, regardless of your age or sex. In addition to diagnosing and treating acute and chronic illnesses, your family physician provides routine health screenings and counseling on lifestyle changes in an effort to prevent illnesses before they develop. And, if a health condition arises that requires care from another specialist, your family physician will be there to guide you and to coordinate all aspects of your care. You and your family physician will work together to achieve the best possible outcome in the most cost-effective manner.
Family physicians are dedicated to treating the whole person. They treat each organ, every disease, all ages and both genders. The cornerstone of family medicine is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.
Following medical school, family physicians complete a formal three-year residency during which they receive training in several major medical areas and patient populations:
- Care for all ages from infants to elderly
- Care for chronic conditions, such as diabetes, asthma and heart disease
- Ear, nose and throat care
- Emergency medical care
- Minor surgical procedures
- Mental and behavioral health care
- Bone and joint care
- Eye care
- Care of the urinary system
- Well-woman care, reproductive counseling, family planning