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Types of Primary Care Providers at MCH
There are two types of physicians available to patients at MCH: M.D. (doctor of allopathic medicine) and D.O. (doctor of osteopathic medicine). Both have achieved doctorate-level medical training from a college or university medical program in a primary care area such as family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics, and pediatrics. Both use traditional medicine to diagnose and treat patients. D.O.s also offer manual, non-invasive musculoskeletal manipulation. All 50 states recognize and license both types of physicians to practice medicine and prescribe medications to patients.
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners, (A.P.R.N.) also provide primary care at MCH. Nurse practitioners typically hold a master’s degree in nursing. They must pass a national certification exam and state licensing requirements. Their education is grounded in medical theory, nursing theory, clinical practice, and an overall understanding of disease processes. In New Hampshire, nurse practitioners are independently licensed providers of primary care who can prescribe medications in addition to providing patients with medical services and health education.
Types of Primary Care at MCH
Family practitioners provide complete healthcare services for people of all ages, from birth through senior years. They are uniquely equipped to diagnose and treat both individual patients as well as all members of a family. Medical training typically spans several basic disciplines including internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, general surgery, psychiatry, and disease prevention.
Internal medicine providers specialize in diagnosing and treating both common and complex illnesses in adults. Medical training typically includes primary care with an emphasis on the functions of internal organ systems. Internal medicine physicians can choose to practice primary care and/or practice in a specialty area such as cardiology, pulmonology, gasteroenterology, etc.
OB/GYN physicians provide medical and preventative care for women and specialize in medical and surgical care of the female reproductive and urinary systems before, during and after pregnancy. Some providers offer both OB and GYN services, while others may specialize in one of the two disciplines. Women in New Hampshire can access OB/GYNs without a PCP referral.
Pediatric providers focus specifically on caring for children from birth through teen years. They are trained in health and wellness management as well as the prevention and treatment of childhood disease.