Tri-County Medical Associates, Inc., takes pride in offering the community a broad range of health care providers to satisfy individual preferences and needs. Whether you are seeking a primary care physician, specialist, physician assistant or nurse practitioner, our expert providers will provide you with compassionate care of the highest quality — the trademark of Tri-County Medical.
A physician who is board certified has successfully completed an educational and training program beyond residency in a medical specialty area. Before being awarded certification, the doctor must pass a rigorous evaluation process to access his/her knowledge, skills and experience required to provide quality patient care. Physicians must continue to re-certify in their specialty throughout their career in order to maintain their board certification.
Understanding your Provider
Doctor of Medicine (MD): Medical doctors receive demanding education, training and testing in order to become licensed to practice medicine. This includes four years of undergraduate work, four years at medical school followed by an internship and residency which can take anywhere from three to eight years. All physicians must receive a license to practice in the state where they are working.
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO): DOs receive the same extensive and demanding medical training as MDs, however, a DO is trained to practice a “whole person” approach to medicine. An MD usually treats specific symptoms or illnesses, while a DO assesses the overall health of his/her patient including home and work environments. DOs must pass the same national and state medical board examinations and train in the same specialty programs as MDs.
Nurse Practitioner: A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse with advanced education and clinical experience. Working in collaboration with a physician, NPs provide primary health care in a number of specialties such as women’s health, adult health, family medicine and pediatrics. A nurse practitioner is licensed to prescribe medication.
Physician Assistant: A physician assistant (PA) is licensed to practice medicine with the direction and supervision of a physician. PA educational programs require two years of undergraduate study, some work experience in health care, successful completion of an accredited physician assistant program and supervised clinical practice rotation in various specialties. PAs conduct physicals, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, assist in surgery, and have the authority to write prescriptions.