It is no secret that men have a more difficult time than women when it comes to finding a person that will be responsible for their health. A lot of the time this is due to an incompatibility between patients and the medical care professional. Thankfully for all the men out there, Men’s Vitality Center offers many different medical providers to choose from for medical care. Finding a medical professional that you can cultivate a relationship with is an incredibly important aspect of patient care. Take the time to learn a little more about our medical providers:
- Medical Doctor (MD): A medical doctor is a professional that practices traditional medicine. MD’s focus on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and illnesses. These individuals undergo rigorous schooling, residency programs, and fellowships. Once an individual passed the schooling and practical portion of their education, they still need to obtain a license to practice medicine in the state they live. Physicians will also need to complete continuing education units on a yearly basis to keep their license.
- Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO): A DO and a MD have almost the exact same training within the medical field. Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine have a very specific approach to medicine that differs from medical doctors. This approach focuses on a more holistic view of medicine. Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine also focuses heavily on the prevention of disease through osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT).
- Physician Assistant (PA): A physician assistant is a medical professional that holds national and state licenses. These individuals can practice medicine in all 50 states, but their scope of practice depends on the setting in which they work. Physician assistants have a lot of the same duties and responsibilities of a medical doctor. The difference is that all physicians assistants must practice under the direction of a medical doctor of doctor of osteopathic medicine. While DO’s and MD’s spend years many years in school, a PA will spend about 26 months in a physician assistant program after their undergraduate education. PA’s follow a disease-centered healthcare model.
- Nurse Practitioner (NP): Nurse practitioners are health care partners that are quite similar to physician assistants. A NP must complete a master’s or doctoral program in nursing that goes beyond normal RN certifications. These medical professionals also hold national certifications and licenses. Unlike a PA, a NP follows a patient-centered healthcare model. These medical professionals can have their own patients but must be acting under physician directions.
- Medical Assistant (MA): A medical assistant is a medical support staff member. These men and women perform administrative and clinical duties under the direction of a fully licensed medical professional. These duties can include (but are not limited to); patient intake, collecting specimens, basic laboratory testing, drawing blood, completing electrocardiograms, and more. They are typically the liaison between the medical professional and their patients. Most medical assistants will receive a certification from the American Association of Medical Assistants that can be completed in under a year.