How to Chose a Doctor

What do you really know about your doctor?  Is he a D.O. or an M.D.? Is she board certified in her area of practice? 

Patients should exercise due diligence when choosing their doctor.  Ask family and friends they recommend.  Research the doctor’s education and training.  The Arizona Board of Medicine has physician information available on its website at www.azmd.gov, including disciplinary actions.  Complaints can also be made on that website.

Many people are not aware of the difference between a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) and a Medical Doctor (M.D.).  While they are very similar and both complete residencies in hospitals, D.O.s are trained to perform osteopathic manipulations on patients.  You should research the type of physician that is best for you and your medical needs.

Many physicians have undergone additional testing and evaluation to become board certified in a specific area of medicine.  The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) at www.abms.org allows you to search for board certified physicians in specific areas of medicine such as cardiology, neurology, etc.

Become an educated consumer and know your doctor. 

 

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