What’s the Difference Between a Physician and a Doctor?
Before you ask, no this isn’t the set up to some joke. It’s actually a popular question, and one a few of our physician partners have gotten over the years. So, what it is difference between a physician and a doctor? Let’s find out.
Physician vs. Doctor
According to Very Well Health... “A physician is a medical doctor, either an M.D. or D.O., who has completed graduate training to provide health care. A physician may be referred to as a doctor. However, not all doctors are physicians.”
They go on to say…
“An individual with a PhD, such as a doctoral degree in economics, is referred to as a doctor. So while all physicians are doctors, not all doctors are physicians.”
This may seem elementary (dear Watson!) now, but before you started reading this maybe you didn’t quite know how to answer.
What about all the other medical titles?
We were wondering that, too, so we did a little Googling and went the extra mile to spell out the doctor hierarchy for you right here:
- Medical Student – Just learning the ropes.
- Intern – Tossed into the fray to see if the books were right.
- Resident – Physician who’s spending 2 – 7 years getting trained in a specialized field.
- Fellow – Physician who’s getting post-residency training.
- Attending – Top dog doctor who’s practicing in their specialized field.
Well, that was fun. Hopefully you learned something new today, or at least enjoyed the moment. And if you’re ready to hand over all that paperwork and those compliance duties to a company built to handle it, please connect with us at https://trinetichealth.com/become-a-provider-partner/ right now.