Your Questions, Answered
What is the difference between internal and family medicine?
Both internal medicine and family practice doctors are primary care providers. An internal medicine doctor is also known as an internist and specializes in adults. Family medicine practitioners can treat patients of all ages.
What is a geriatrician?
A geriatric physician specializes in taking care of seniors, age 65 and older. Geriatricians not only treat the patients’ physical problems, but they also recognize how health conditions affect seniors socially and emotionally. Geriatricians are able to identify medications that can be problematic in seniors and intervene to prevent adverse reactions.
Can I be seen by an ARNP for my primary care appointments?
Yes. An ARNP is an advanced registered nurse practitioner who undergoes rigorous, graduate level training and can be certified in primary care (most are). 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 and an MD is a doctor of medicine. All DOs and MDs complete equivalent education/training. DOs have additional training in osteopathic manipulative medicine and may choose to practice bone/joint/tissue manipulation to relieve dysfunctions.