Get to know Bayhealth's medical team

Get to Know Our Medical Team

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 |
Healthcare professions have enough terminology and acronyms to make one’s head spin. To better understand our hospital and office providers, here’s a breakdown of the types of medical staff and their roles.

Physicians commonly seen at Bayhealth are MDs (doctors of medicine) and DOs (doctors of osteopathic medicine), which are equivalent. They have the same licensing to provide care; the distinction lies in the philosophy behind training styles. Osteopathic medicine views the body as an integrated whole and some DOs perform hands-on musculoskeletal manipulation techniques whereas allopathic medicine practiced by MDs focuses on symptoms and specific treatments to address them. Both complete medical school then three-plus years of residencies with in-depth clinical experience. Many specialties require additional years of fellowship.

Physician Assistants (PAs) hold master’s degrees from accredited PA programs with medical curriculum and clinical rotations. They often work collaboratively with physicians and may also diagnose and treat conditions, and write prescriptions.

Various types of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) have extensive graduate nursing education and experience. A nurse practitioner (NP) is often a primary care or outpatient provider. A certified nurse midwife (CNM), certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) or clinical nurse specialist (CNS) specializes in clinical care or hospital-based education.

You might encounter residents (physicians in training) or medical students involved in your care. Bayhealth hosts medical students for part of their Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) clinical rotations, and will launch several residency teaching, or Graduate Medical Education (GME), programs beginning July 2021. These physicians completed medical school and are gaining more experience, under supervision, to refine their skills. Attending physicians are trained, practicing doctors who oversee medical students and residents.

Bayhealth is proud to have many talented physicians and advanced practice clinicians on staff. While it’s good to know a practitioner’s title and what it means, most important is that they fit your unique needs.

Be sure to visit Bayhealth's Find a Doctor page or call 1-866-Bay-Docs to find a doctor that fits your needs.