At Keller Family Medical Center, we understand healthcare can be confusing. Below is a list of commonly asked questions we hear from new and existing patients, along with answers to each. If you do not find an answer to your question here, we welcome you to use our contact form or call us at (817) 431-2573. We look forward to speaking to you!
WHAT IS A PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT?
Physician Assistants (PAs) are licensed health professionals who practice medicine with physician supervision. PAs deliver a broad range of medical and surgical services. Their focus is patient care.
PAs are highly skilled professionals educated to use the same medical procedures as their physician counterparts. A hallmark of physician assistant practice is that PAs practice as part of a team. They are educated to recognize when patients need the attention of a supervising physician or a specialist.
Physician assistant education is modeled on that of physicians, although it is shorter. All PA programs must meet the same stringent requirements for national accreditation. Students undergo a rigorous education to become a PA. Graduates of accredited PA programs must pass a single national certification exam jointly developed by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. To maintain certification, PAs must earn 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years and sit for a recertification exam every six years.
Their training as team players enables them to work with other providers to ensure appropriate patient care in all settings. PAs, working with the supervision of physicians, deliver the highest quality of medical care.
For more information visit www.aapa.org
WHAT IS A NURSE PRACTITIONER
A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse who has an advanced degree in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients. NP’s have national certification in their area of expertise.
NP’s can conduct physical examinations, diagnose and treat illnesses, perform procedures, write prescriptions and order and interpret laboratory and diagnostic studies. NP’s can prescribe treatment and medications according to the state’s Nurse Practice Act. In Texas, NPs have prescriptive authority through written agreements with collaborating physicians.
Nurse Practitioners take the time to listen to your worries and concerns; explain the details of health problems; provide individualized care; work in collaboration with physicians and other healthcare professionals to ensure that everyone receives the best possible healthcare.
CAN I REQUEST TO SEE ANY OF THE DOCTORS AT KELLER FAMILY MEDICAL CENTER?
When calling to schedule an appointment, you may request to see any provider. Some providers are booked out further and may not have same day openings.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING MY ANNUAL PHYSICAL EXAM?
Your physical exam will take two visits. The first appointment is scheduled with the medical assistant staff. This first visit includes having blood drawn, an EKG and a urinalysis. If you are a smoker, you will also have a pulmonary function test and be sent for a chest x-ray.
The second visit will be scheduled about a week later and will be with the provider you choose. At this appointment your previous test results will be reviewed and the physical exam preformed.
Prior to your Physical:
Prior to your first appointment with the nurse, you will need to be fasting. That means nothing to eat or drink twelve hours prior to appointment time, except water. Drink plenty of water which keeps you hydrated and makes the blood draw easier. You can also take your daily medications.