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Health professions

Common healthcare providers and their descriptions

TermDefinition
pediatrician (Pee-dee-ah-TRIH-shun a physician with special training in caring for children
surgeon (SIR-jen) a physician qualified to treat patients surgically, that is, by means of operation or invasive procedure
anesthesiologist (AN-ehs-THEE-zee-AW-loh-jist) a physician with special training in pain sedation and pain control
dietician (dai-ah-TIH-shun) specially trained in evaluating the nutritional status of a patient and developing an appropriate diet plan
registered nurse (RN) REH-jis-terd NIRS an advanced level nurse who has completed an associate’s or bachelor’s degree; often assists with patient care planning and patient education
pathologist (pah-THAW-loh-jist) a physician with special training in both evaluating the causes and effects of disease and in laboratory medicine
phlebotomist (fleh-BOH-tow-mist) trained in the removal of blood from the body for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes
radiologist (ray-dee-AW-loh-jist) a physician specially trained in evaluating images of the body to diagnose illness or injury
pharmacist (FAR-mah-sist) trained and licensed in preparing and dispensing medicine
medical assistant (MEH-dih-kal ah-SIS-tant) trained to carry out basic administrative and clinical tasks under the guidance of a healthcare provider
REFERENCES Jones, S. L., PhD, & Cavanaugh, A., MD. (2019). Acquiring medical language. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education.
Created by: Cmetzger13