Doctor visits & tests

Recommended tests and screenings for adults. The list is alphabetical.

Assessments, screenings and counseling

Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening

Once for men ages 65-75 with a history of smoking

Advance care planning

At physical exam. We recommend you choose someone to speak on your behalf. Tell them your health wishes and then document your wishes in an advance directive.

Alcohol misuse screening

At physical exam

Blood pressure screening

At physical exam

Cardiovascular disease counseling (CVD)

Healthy diet and physical activity counseling to prevent cardiovascular disease among adults with risk factors for CVD.

Cholesterol test

A fasting test (total cholesterol, LDL, HDL and triglyceride) once every 5 years

Colon cancer screening

 For those ages 50-75, one of the following screenings:

  • Colonoscopy every 10 years, including colonoscopy prep medication
  • CT colonography every 10 years
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years
  • Fecal occult blood test yearly
  • Cologuard® (at-home testing option) every 3 years
We recommend a colonoscopy because it looks at the entire colon. Those with a family history (first-degree relative) of colorectal cancer or adenomatous polyps should begin screening at age 40 or 10 years before the youngest case in the immediate family with a colonoscopy every 5 years.

Depression screening

During physical exam. Also, recommended for all pregnant and postpartum women.

Diabetes prevention program

Adults at risk of diabetes (based on BMI and blood test or based on the CDC at-risk questionnaire) can join the Diabetes Prevention Program for education on diet, physical activity and weight loss. Learn more

Diabetes screening

For those with a sustained blood pressure greater than 135/80 or with hypertension or hyperlipidemia

Diet counseling

At your doctor's discretion if you're at high risk for heart- and diet-related chronic diseases

Height, weight and body mass index (BMI)

During physical exam

Hepatitis B screening

Adults at high risk

Hepatitis C virus screening

Adults at high risk and a one-time screening for adults born between 1945 and 1965.

HIV screening

All adults up to age 65. Screen older adults if at high risk.

Lung cancer screening

Annual screening (including CT) for adults ages 55 to 80 who have a 30-pack a year smoking history and currently smoke or quit smoking within the past 15 years.

Medical history

During physical exam

Obesity screening, counseling

All adults during physical exam

Preventive guidance for family and intimate partner violence, breast self-exam, menopause counseling, safety, falls and injury prevention

At doctor's discretion

Sexually transmitted infections (STI) counseling and screening

Annual screening and counseling for chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis for adults who are at high risk

Skin cancer prevention counseling


Fair-skinned adults up to 24 years old should receive counseling to minimize exposure to UV radiation

Tobacco-use screening and counseling

At each visit. Includes cessation counseling and interventions (see tobacco cessation products in the "Drugs" section). Expanded counseling for pregnant women.

Tuberculosis (TB) testing

At your doctor's discretion if you're at high risk