Country Doctor Community Health Centers employs several different types of primary care providers. We have MDs, DOs, ARNPs and PAs. The designation is clearly displayed on their name tag. Listed below is a brief description of the training backgrounds for each type of provider. If you have questions, we encourage discussion of training and qualifications directly with your provider.
MD or DO
Medical Doctors or Doctors of Osteopathy have graduated from an accredited medical school. Our MDs and DO are board certified in either Family Medicine or Internal Medicine. They have attended medical school for four years followed by at least three years of specialty residency training.
Our residents are licensed physicians, who are continuing their training through a three-year commitment at Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center, participating in our Family Practice residency training program in affiliation with Swedish Medical Center.
Nurse Practitioners have master's degrees in nursing and are trained to perform physical examinations, order and interpret lab tests, write prescriptions and manage most common problems encountered in primary care.
Physician Assistants are graduates of accredited physician assistant programs, attending school for two to three years. They are trained to perform physical exams, order lab tests, and make diagnoses, write prescriptions and manage most problems under the legal supervision of an on-site physician.
We actively participate in training medical students, nurse practitioner students, and physician assistant students. You may be given the option of seeing a student. Their care is closely supervised by our regular medical providers. And, you can always choose to see your PCP instead.