Physician Finder FAQs
What is the difference between an MD and a DO?
There are two types of physicians: MD — Doctor of Medicine — and DO — Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. MDs also are known as allopathic physicians. While both MDs and DOs may use all accepted methods of treatment, including drugs and surgery, DOs place special emphasis on the body’s musculoskeletal system, preventive medicine, and holistic patient care. DOs are more likely than MDs to be primary care specialists although they can be found in all specialties.
What is the difference between a Family Practitioner and an Internist?
Family Practice (FP) and Internal Medicine (IM) doctors must be trained in accredited four year medical schools and residency programs. Internal Medicine doctors focus on the general and specialty medical care needs for adults, and requires three years of training beyond medical school. Family Practice doctors also must obtain three years of additional training, but their focus is on the medical needs of the entire family beginning at birth.
What is the procedure for transferring one's records from one practitioner to another?
When you want to transfer your records from one physician office to another, you must first sign a release form at the new doctor's office. This request to have your records released and forwarded will automatically be sent to your former physician.
What is the procedure for registering a complaint?
If you or a member of your family have had an experience with us that you felt was less than satisfactory — we want to know about it. Our goal is to provide excellent care. With your help we can meet that goal.
We encourage you to call or e-mail us to share your experience. Our Performance Improvement Hotline is 207-596-8491 and our e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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