How is an allopathic physician (MD) different
from an osteopathic physician (DO)?
allopathic (M.D.) and an osteopathic (D.O.)
physician are alike in many ways. Both
complete four years of basic medical education,
and typically have a four-year undergraduate
degree with an emphasis on scientific
courses. They may select to practice in
a specialty area of medicine after completing
a residency program, and must pass comparable
state licensing examinations. D.O.'s receive
extra training in the musculoskeletal
system, the body's interconnected system
of nerves, muscles and bones as osteopathic
physicians seek to understand the interrelationship
between these systems and the ways an
injury or illness in one part of your
body affects another. The Arizona Osteopathic
Board of Examiners in Medicine and Surgery
licenses and regulates osteopathic physicians.
is a physician assistant?
physician assistant (PA) is a person who
is licensed to perform healthcare tasks
under the supervision of a physician.
A physician may delegate a variety of
health care tasks to a physician assistant
such as obtaining patient histories, performing
physical evaluations, ordering and performing
diagnostic and therapeutic procedures,
formulating a diagnostic impression, developing
and implementing a treatment plan, and
monitoring the effectiveness of therapeutic
interventions. PAs may also assist in
surgery, offer counseling and education
to meet patient needs, make appropriate
referrals, prescribe controlled substances,
perform minor surgery and perform other
nonsurgical health care tasks. The Arizona
Regulatory Board of Physician Assistants
licenses and regulates PAs.
is a medical assistant?
medical assistant (MA) is an unlicensed
person who assists in the medical practice
under the supervision of a physician,
physician assistant or nurse practitioner
and performs delegated procedures commensurate
with the MA’s education and training.
An MA does not diagnose, interpret, design
or modify established treatment programs
or perform any functions that would violate
any statute applicable to the practice
of medicine. MAs are not licensed nor
regulated in Arizona.