Are You a Physician?

 Patients have a right to know who their healthcare providers are. Unfortunately, many patients don't know that their doctor is not a physician.  Many non-physician healthcare providers have doctorate degrees (nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, psychologists, physical therapists, etc.). Know the differences in education and training between MD/DO physicians and non-physician providers. And don't be afraid to ask your doctor, "Are you a physician?"