Family Medicine – Definition

Family Medicine definition

Which type of physician is your family doctor? Here are some simple definitions to help clear up the distinctions among the various types of primary care providers. Primary Care Provider (PCP) This usually refers to a physician, but also includes nurse practitioners (NP) and physician’s assistants (PA), working under the guidance of a physician. Essentially, […]

Bone Density, Osteoporosis and Osteopenia – Definitions

Bone density x-ray

What is a Bone Density test? A bone density test is a special type of x-ray called a dual energy x-ray absorptiometry or DXA. The test looks at the hip and spine (or sometimes the forearm) and helps estimate the density of your bones and whether or not you might have low bone density (osteopenia) […]

Does It Matter If Your Doctor Is Board Certified?

Board Certification

One of the ways to ensure you or your loved ones are receiving the best medical care is to use a board-certified physician. You can check whether any physician you are considering is board-certified by checking the website of the American Board of Medical Specialties (free registration is required). If the physician you are considering […]

Primary Care Physician – Definition

Primary Care Doctor

A primary care physician (PCP) is one who cares for patients of any age with a variety of medical conditions, from first contact through continuing care. This type of physician is also referred to as a general practitioner. A primary care medical practice is one in which the physicians are PCPs: family medicine, pediatrics and/or […]

Internal Medicine – Definition

Internal Medicine

Internist or Family Medicine Physician? Internal medicine is the medical specialty dedicated to the diagnosis and medical treatment of adults, age 18 and older. A doctor who specializes in internal medicine is an internist. This differs from a family medicine physician who also treats infants, children and adolescents. Both types of doctors are Primary Care […]