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Professional Abbreviations

MD -- Medical Doctor
An allopathic physician. MD's are fully-qualified physicians graduated from accredited medical schools.

DO -- Osteopathic Doctor
An osteopathic physician. DO's are fully-qualified physicians graduated from accredited medical schools. 

PA / PA-C -- Physician Assistant
A Physician Assistant can deliver diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive healthcare services, as delegated by a physician. A "PA-C" is a Certified Physician Assistant, which is a PA who has completed their training and passed their Board exam.

NP -- Nurse Practitioner
Nurse practitioners are healthcare professionals that complete advanced, graduate level educational programs that enable them to practice independently or in collaboration with other healthcare professionals and other individuals to diagnose, treat and manage the patient's health problems.

FNP -- Family Nurse Practitioner
A Nurse Practitioner specializing in healthcare for families.

ANP -- Adult Nurse Practitioner
A Nurse Practitioner specializing in healthcare for adults.

GNP -- Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
A Nurse Practitioner specializing in healthcare elderly individuals.

APNP -- Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
A Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychiatry.

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