Q: What is a Nurse Practitioner?
A: They are registered nurses with advanced education. They can specialize in numerous specialties. They work in offices, hospitals, urgent care centers, and surgical suites. They are able to provide care comparable to a physician. A family practice ARNP can assess, diagnose and treat both acute and chronic illness across the lifespan. They can prescribe medications, order and interpret labs and x-rays, and provide services from treatment of illnesses to wellness, including well women exams. Most can perform minor office procedures such as biopsies, laceration repair, and applying cast or splints. What makes ARNP's unique is their holistic approach to healthcare focusing on health promotion, disease prevention and emphasis on education and counseling.
Q: What is the difference between a D.O. and an M.D.?
A: Both an MD (Doctor of Medicine) and a DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) are doctors licensed to practice in the United States. They are similarly educated and certified, but there are differences in their training and philosophy of patient care. As part of their medical education, DOs receive additional musculoskeletal training known as osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT). Like MDs, DOs can practice in any medical specialty, but a majority chooses primary care specialties. The AOA estimates that 6 out of 10 osteopathic physicians practice family medicine, general internal medicine, pediatrics, or obstetrics and gynecology.