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What qualifications does a doctor have?

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Your doctor had to complete 8 years of school (including four years in medical school) and as many as 8 years of internships, residencies, and fellowships. There are two main types of doctors: MDs (doctors of medicine) and DOs (doctors of osteopathic medicine). Either type can be your primary care doctor.

Your doctor can keep track of your health, help you manage any ongoing illnesses, and remind you of regular tests that can keep you from getting sick. They may also refer you to a type of doctor known as a specialist, if you need one. For example, you may see a cardiologist if you have problems with your heart health.

From: Who's Who at the Doctor's Office WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Center for Advancing Health: “Your Doctor’s Office Demystified,” "Who’s Who in Your Doctor’s Office?”

American Nurses Association: “What Nurses Do.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Who's Who in Health Care."

California Department of Consumer Affairs, Physician Assistant Board: “Frequently Asked Questions about Supervising Physician Assistants.”

American College of Physicians: "Patient Centered Medical Home."

U.S. Department of Labor: “What Registered Nurses Do,” “What Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Do.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 30, 2019

SOURCES:

Center for Advancing Health: “Your Doctor’s Office Demystified,” "Who’s Who in Your Doctor’s Office?”

American Nurses Association: “What Nurses Do.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Who's Who in Health Care."

California Department of Consumer Affairs, Physician Assistant Board: “Frequently Asked Questions about Supervising Physician Assistants.”

American College of Physicians: "Patient Centered Medical Home."

U.S. Department of Labor: “What Registered Nurses Do,” “What Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Do.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 30, 2019

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