Health Care Providers

To learn more about our medical providers we have provided information here to help you determine which provider may best fit your needs. Please call us and we can help. We are located at 310 East College Drive in Colby, Kansas. You can reach us at (785) 462-6184 or toll free at (800) 453-6751. Schedule an Appointment.

Physicians:
Nurse Practitioners:
Physician Assistants:

Types of Medical Providers:

Medical Doctor (M.D.) and Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.):

There are two types of physicians in the United States.  Both types are fully qualified physicians able to practice medicine and perform surgery.  The process for both physician types involves undergraduate education, medical school, and graduate medical education.  The educational process is designed to prepare the physician for independent practice.  

Undergraduate Education:

They are required to attend a college or university and obtain an undergraduate degree (B.A. or B.S.), typically in a science discipline. 

Medical School:  They attend medical school for four years to obtain their basic medical education.  The educational process depending on the school chosen will award either a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree. 

Residency and Fellowship:  Residency, also called graduate medical education, requirements range between 3 and 8 years depending on the medical specialty chosen.  This time allows the physician to practice their specialty while under the supervision of more senior physicians.   After completing a residency program the physician may chose to complete a fellowship.  A fellowship lasts between 1 and 3 years and provides the physician additional time to become highly specialized in a particular field of medicine.  For example cardiology and gastroenterology are subspecialties of internal medicine and require the completion of a fellowship. 

Licensure:

Physicians must obtain a license to practice medicine from the state or jurisdiction in which they are planning to practice. They apply for the license after completing a series of exams and completing a minimum number of years of graduate medical education.

Continuing Medical Education:  Physicians are required to perform continuing medical education in order to ensure their knowledge and skills remain current.  This is required through each state’s licensing board. 

Board Certification: 

Physicians can choose to become board certified in their medical specialty.  This is an optional, voluntary process. Certification is designed to ensure that the doctor has been tested to assess his or her knowledge, skills, and experience in a specialty and is qualified to provide quality patient care in that specialty.  Most certifications must be renewed.

Physician Difference:

The line of distinction between the two physician types is becoming blurred over time.  Some Osteopathic Physicians (D.O.) perform Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT).  It is a manual process used to assess, diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. It moves your muscles and joints using stretching, pressure, and resistance techniques.   

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Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (A.P.R.N.):

Advance Practice Registered Nurses are nurses who are able to provide an advanced level of care in nursing.  This allows them to provide services similar to that of a physician.  The process involves undergraduate education and graduate nursing education.  

Undergraduate Education:

They become licensed as a Registered Nurse (R.N.) after obtaining an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (A.D.N.) or a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) and passing a state licensing exam.  To become eligible for graduate school they must earn an undergraduate degree (B.A. or B.S.). 

Graduate School:

They attend graduate level nursing school to prepare them for practicing at an advanced level earning either a master’s degree (MSN), Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP), or Doctoral degree (Ph.D.).  They may specialize in an area of advanced practice, these include: Acute Care, Adult, Family, Pediatric, Psychiatric, Women’s Health, Nurse Anesthetist, or as a Mid-Wife. 

Licensure:

Advance Practice Registered Nurses must obtain a license to practice nursing in an advanced role from the state or jurisdiction in which they are planning to practice.

Continuing Nursing Education:

Advance Practice Registered Nurses are required to perform continuing nursing education in order to ensure their knowledge and skills remain current.  This is required through each state’s licensing board. 

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Physician Assistant (P.A.):

Physician Assistants are medical professionals who practice medicine under the supervision of a physician.  This allows them to provide services similar to that of a physician.  The process involves undergraduate education and graduate physician assistant education. 

Undergraduate Education:

They are required to attend a college or university and obtain an undergraduate degree (B.A. or B.S.), typically in a science discipline.

Graduate Education:

They attend graduate level physician assistant school that is modeled after medical school to prepare them for practice.  They typically earn a Master’s of Science in Physician Assistant Studies or similar degree. 

Licensure:

Physician Assistants must obtain a license to practice medicine from the state or jurisdiction in which they are planning to practice.  They must also file a supervising physician agreement with the state medical board.  This is an agreement which delegates the practice of medicine from a licensed physician to the physician assistant.

Continuing Medical Education:

Physician Assistants are required to perform continuing medical education in order to ensure their knowledge and skills remain current.  This is required through each state’s licensing board. 

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Contact Us:
Family Center for Health Care
310 East College Drive
Colby, KS 67701
(785) 462-6184
(800) 453-6751
fax: (785) 460-1490
fchc@nwkshealthcare.com