A family physician is a doctor who has received at least three years of specialty training (beyond medical school) in the broad disciplines of primary care. These include in-depth coverage of adult and pediatric medicine, preventive care and obstetrics. Because of the breadth of their training, family physicians are uniquely qualified to serve as Primary Care Providers. The physicians at Family Care Network have taken the additional step of being certified by the American Board of Family Practice, and undergo recertification every six years to ensure continuing medical competency.
If you’re like most people, you’ve been going to a doctor since you were born and perhaps didn’t know if you were seeing a DO (osteopathic physician) or an MD (allopathic physician). You may not even be aware that there are two types of physicians in the United States.
DO’s and MD’s are alike in many ways:
A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse (RN) with advanced training in diagnosing and treating illness. Nurse Practitioners are Master's prepared health experts that focus on helping you achieve total health and prevent disease. While Nurse Practitioners provide the same quality of care as doctors, the philosophy of Nurse Practitioners is different. NP's focus on prevention, wellness, and education.
A physician assistant (PA) practices medicine under the direction of a physician. As members of healthcare teams, PAs take medical histories, examine and treat patients, make diagnoses, prescribe medications, assist in surgery, counsel patients and perform minor procedures.