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What is a physician?

What is a physician?

An M.D. or D.O.: In the United States, a physician is a person with an M.D. Or a D.O. Degree from a medical school. A small number of physicians received their degrees in other countries that use abbreviations different from M.D. Or D.O., but they have equivalent degrees and so are also called physicians in america. There are other "healthcare practitioners" that are called doctors but are not physicians. ...Read more

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What exactly do family physicians do?

What exactly do family physicians do?

Some do it all:: Surgery, deliver babies, sports physicals, check ups, and refer to colleagues when matters areabove their level of expertise, knowledge or what they feel safe doing. ...Read more

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Why is it important to see a physician? 

Why is it important to see a physician? 

Training : With very few exceptions, a licensed physician is the only medically trained person who can provide you with a medical diagnosis and implement a treatment plan, whether it be prescribing medications, performing surgery, or other treatments. Seek care from the appropriately trained experts. ...Read more

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What kind of physician treats scoliocis?

What kind of physician treats scoliocis?

Orthopedic surgeon: Scoliosis, an s-curving of the back, is usually first seen by pediatricians. They will refer such a patient if there is a problem to an orthopedic surgeon for evaluation and correction. An adult with scoliosis probably would go straight to an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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How can I become a physician's assistant?

Training programs: Manymedical centers offer training programs for PAs. You will need a college degree with a good record. It helps if you have had some medical experience or at least a scientific background. PA schools are very competitive. Google PA programs to see which are out there. ...Read more

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Are physician assistants inferior to doctors?

Are physician assistants inferior to doctors?

Differently trained: Physician assistants train for 18 months to 2 years for the purpose of working alongside of (and under the supervision of) physicians, typically in very specific areas. In contrast, physicians train for 7 to 12 years (or more, after college) and are able to function very broadly and independently, although they can become quite specialized. Their functions are different, each with specific roles. ...Read more

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How do physicians diagnose cushing's disease?

How do physicians diagnose cushing's disease?

Labs and imaging: A lab draw or urine test can tell if your body is making too much cortisol. This is a condition called cushing's syndrome. Cushing's disease is cushing's syndrome caused by a pituitary tumor. Imaging studies (MRI) can locate this tumor. ...Read more

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How should I address my physician's assistant?

How should I address my physician's assistant?

Politely: It is reasonable in fact to call your PA by the name doctor even though they have a different degree. They are used to that, usually wear white coats and have stethoscopes hanging out of their pockets so they present themselves in this context as a doctor. ...Read more

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What is your opinion of a physician assistsnt?

What is your opinion of a physician assistsnt?

See below: Physician assistants practice the art and science of medicine under the supervision ANS sponsorship of a physician. As such they are vital members of the health care team, especially in underserved areas. I go to one. ...Read more