Your Questions, Answered
When you’re looking for a primary care provider who fits you best, it helps to understand the different types of providers who can serve this important role for you.
What is the difference between internal and family medicine?
Both internal medicine and family practice doctors and nurse practitioners are primary care providers. An internal medicine doctor, also known as an internist, specializes in adults. Family medicine practitioners treat patients of all ages, including babies and children.
What is a geriatrician?
A geriatric physician specializes in taking care of seniors, ages 65 and older. Geriatricians not only treat everyday medical problems, they also recognize how health conditions affect seniors socially and emotionally. With their specialized training, they notice and intervene when medications could be problematic for seniors.
Is a nurse practitioner a primary care provider?
They can be. Advanced registered nurse practitioners undergo rigorous, graduate-level training. Most are certified in primary care. They have full practice authority to treat patients and prescribe medication.
Is a DO the same as an MD?
A DO is a doctor of osteopathic medicine, while an MD is a doctor of medicine. All DOs and MDs complete equivalent education and training. DOs have additional training in osteopathic manipulative medicine and may use bone, joint and tissue manipulation to relieve problems.