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Medical Terminology

health professionals

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physician a skilled healthcare provider who attended and graduated medical school (MD or OD doctor of osteopathy)
pediatrician a physician with special training in caring for children
surgeon a physician qualified to treat patients surgically, that is, by means of operation or invasive procedure
anesthesiologist a physician with special training in pain sedation and pain control
physician assistant (PA) a midlevel health care provider who works under the license of a supervising physician, requires post graduate training
nurse practitioner (NP) a nurse with post graduate training that serves as a midlevel health care provider; works under the license of a supervising physician
emergency medical technician (EMT) specially trained in the emergency care of a patient before and/or during transport to medical facility
speech therapist specially trained in evaluating and treating problems with speech and/or swallowing
occupational therapist specially trained in evaluating and treating problems with performing daily activities at home, school, or work
physical therapist specially trained in evaluating and testing physical impairments including disabilities or recovery from an injury
respiratory therapist specially trained in treating patient's respiratory issues under the guidance of a health care provider
dietician specially trained in evaluating the nutritional status of a patient and developing an appropriate diet plan
licensed practical nurse (LPN) licensed vocational nurse (LVN) trained and certified to provide basic care to patient
medical assistant trained to carry out basic administrative and clinical tasks under the guidance of a health care provider
registered nurse (RN) an advanced level nurse who has completed an associate's or bachelor's degree; often assists with patient care planning and patient education
pathologist a physician with special training in both evaluation the cause and effects of disease and in laboratory medicine
medical laboratory technician trained in performing laboratory testing on bodily fluids
phlebotomist (fleh-BOH-tow-mist) trained in the removal of blood from the body for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes
radiologist a physician specially trained in evaluating images of the body to diagnose illness or injury
radiology technician trained to perform radiologic testing or administer radiation therapy under the direction of a health care provider
ultrasonagrapher trained in performing ultrasound imaging on a patient
pharmacist trained and licensed in preparing and dispensing medicine
pharmacy technician trained to assist a pharmacist with pharmacy-related tasks
patient service coordinator handles administrative tasks and coordinates patient care
medical transcriptionist trained in converting the voice recorded dictations of health care providers into text format
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