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Should I become a physician assistant or family nurse practitioner (emergency focus) to work in the er?

Should I become a physician assistant or family nurse practitioner (emergency focus) to work in the er?

Doesn't matter: Either one is fine. It really depends on your state's laws and local hospitals' regulations on how independent each can be and the prescribing rules for each. The training is different. An np needs to be an rn (with experience) first. A pa goes to school straight from college. There is a training period after each but that varies based on your specialization (e.g. Emergency). ...Read more

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What should i be looking right now at age 17, and in high school if i want to become a general practitioner or family doctor?

What should i be looking right now at age 17, and in high school if i want to become a general practitioner or family doctor?

LotsOfDifferentAreas: with an emphasis on the basic sciences: physics, chemistry, biochemistry, math, along with engineering (living creatures are the ultimate engineered creations), computer sciences/programming, etc. along with psychology, history (including of both science & medicine). Study great physicians, William Osler, Ben Carson, etc. Knowledge of music & art, additional areas of human focus also helpful. ...Read more

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Should I become a nurse practitioner or physician assistant?

Should I become a nurse practitioner or physician assistant?

Whatever you want: You can do either one. Just have to look at the training requirements. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a general practicioner and a family doctor?

What is the difference between a general practicioner and a family doctor?

Amount of training: Gp's are doctors who have completed on year of training after medical school (the internship or intern year), and then pass the national boards. Family medicine doctors complete 3 years of training after medical school, pass the national boards and the family medicine 'specialty boards' similarly, internists do 3 years of training in internal medicine, and pass nat'l boards + the int med boards. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a nurse practitioner and a physician's assistant?

What's the difference between a nurse practitioner and a physician's assistant?

Almost the same: Their work is almost the same, but... Nurse practitioner has more independence at work, they can work alone and have their own practice, also they have more academical education, such as master degree. In comparison, physician assistant needs to work only under licensed physician, and his degree of autonomy at work would depends on the licensed physician he works with and his experience. ...Read more

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Does it makes sense that I can only see a pain doctor once a year? The other times I need to see the nurse practitioner. Never heard of this.

Does it makes sense that I can only see a pain doctor once a year? The other times I need to see the nurse practitioner. Never heard of this.

Sometimes: In some pain practices the md does the initial evaluation and when a patient is fairly stable an np will do follow-up visits. The np should refer new questions or issues back to the physician who should be available on premises. ...Read more

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How do a nurse practitioner and a physician assistant differ?

PA vs NP: Training and education>pa has less training and education than np who must be a registered nurse before going for the np degree. ...Read more

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I have been goin to see a nurse practitioner and been treated for Bv but keep giving me terconazole that don't work is it best to see a doctor instead?

I have been goin to see a nurse practitioner and been treated for Bv but keep giving me terconazole that don't work is it best to see a doctor instead?

BV vs yeast: Terconazole is an anti-fungal and is used to treat yeast infections. If you truly have BV (BACTERIAL) the terconazole is not going to help, you need an antibiotic. Discuss with your provider and ask questions until you feel you understand what they are treating and why. ...Read more

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Can a doctoral level nurse practitioner seek certification as a psychopharmacologist? Or, is that just for medical doctors?

Can a doctoral level nurse practitioner seek certification as a psychopharmacologist? Or, is that just for medical doctors?

No: There are basic psychopharmacology courses that nurses can take, but none offers "certification as a psychopharmacologist." being able to independently prescribe such medications also depends on the laws in your state. Psychiatrists have many years' specialty training in psychopharmacology, and on-the-job review of their cases. Also, ascp certifies physicians in "advanced psychopharmacology.". ...Read more

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What is the difference in a nurse practitioner and a medical doctor. Both working in pediatric care and no surgical care?

Different: Nurse practitioner has a nursing degree and then master degree to become a np. Physicians go to medical school to get doctor's degree, then residency. Much longer way! ...Read more

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My family doctor did my yearly blood work. His nurse just called me and told me they found strep in my urine. What does that mean?

My family doctor did my yearly blood work. His nurse just called me and told me they found strep in my urine. What does that mean?

Bacteria in Urine: It is important to clarify what was meant by "strep in your urine". Most likely they meant that you have Group B Streptococcal Bacteria in your urine. You may either have an active infection or your urinary tract is colonized with the bacteria Antibiotic are effective treatment. This is a more serious issue if your presently or plan to get pregnant and this is not treated appropriately. ...Read more

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Ent thinks I got lpr. Nurse practitioner at ent office says take 2 otc nexium (esomeprazole) 20 mg a day while my regular doc says just 1 then take 1 Pepcid whotrust?

Ent thinks I got lpr. Nurse practitioner at ent office says take 2 otc nexium (esomeprazole) 20 mg a day while my regular doc says just 1 then take 1 Pepcid whotrust?

LPR not GERD: LPR is irritation of the larynx from reflux of stomach enzymes or acid. Many patients do not experience heartburn. In our practice we recommend a 1 month trial of TWICE A DAY PPI prior to meals (Nexium, Prilosec) for LPR (usual dose for GERD is once a day). If symptoms improve, may extend for 2 more months, then wean. ...Read more

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Should a normal urgent care physician assistant or nurse practitioner tell the different between pink eye and uveitis?

Should a normal urgent care physician assistant or nurse practitioner tell the different between pink eye and uveitis?

Depends : Uveitis requires a slit lamp biomicroscopic examination of the anterior and posterior chambers of the eye to make the diagnosis. Some ER's have these instruments. Pink eye, infectious or allergic, can often be made by history and external examination aided by a light source and magnification. A slit lamp is useful but not always required in an ER or quick care facility. So the answer: It depends. ...Read more

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My family doctor is a man and I am really embarrassed to tell him that I am hairy. So what should I tell him and how?

My family doctor is a man and I am really embarrassed to tell him that I am hairy. So what should I tell him and how?

Talking to your Doc: I understand the emotions behind this question. It is commonly known that women prefer to talk to women and vice versa. But, two things can happen. You can be brave and bring up your concern with your physician and he may surprise you in his ability to discuss this without embarrassment. But, you could also find a spa that treats excess hair and find an expert to help you decide what to do next. ...Read more

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Can my family doctor diagnosis me for myositis?

Can my family doctor diagnosis me for myositis?

Sure: Myositis is inflammation of the muscle. Typically bloodwork with an elevated CPK is the best way to diagnose it. ...Read more