Health Care Professionals

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

The education, certifications, and licensures for types of health care practitioners differ, as does their scope of practice. Dr. Edward Hill discusses a few of the types of health care providers in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Traditional roles and responsibilities held by physicians and nurses have changed, along with the expansion of technology and the demand for health care services.

Physicians hold a medical degreeMD, doctor of medicine, or DO, doctor of osteopathyafter graduating from an accredited medical school. An internship is a 1-year training program after medical school. Most physicians then complete a residency in their specialty.

Physician assistants, or PAs, have a masters degree from accredited PA programs, which are often a part of medical schools. Physician assistants obtain medical histories, perform physical examinations and treat medical problems under the guidance of their supervising physician.

Advanced practice nurses have received additional education, often at least a masters degree, beyond the courses required for a registered nurse. Types of APNs include clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners and certified registered nurse anesthetists.

It is important to understand that many teams of people will be involved in your health care, in hospitals and in an office or outpatient setting.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.