Care Physician: A family practice physician, an internal medicine
physician or a pediatrician, who provides a full range of health
care services and also coordinates care in an HMO.
Specialist: A physician
who has expertise in a specific medical field. Generally, specific
credentials including residency training and
board certification must be acquired to qualify as a specialist.
There are also subspecialists, who specialize ina specific area
of medical practice within a specialty, such as maternal fetal
which is within the ob/gyn specialty.
Physician Assistant (PA): A medically trained professional who has 2 or more years of advanced
training/education and has passed
certification exam. The PA works under the license of a supervising
physician and provides most of the same services as the physician,
including physical exams, medical history evaluation, diagnosis
Nurse Practitioner: A registered nurse (RN)
with 2 or more years of education and clinical training in a
health care specialty
area. Nurse practitioners are licensed by the state, and
may perform exams,
order medications and diagnostic procedures, and talk to
the patient about options and medical history, under the close
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