Medical Staff Descriptions

At Lawton Community Health Center, our team of medical professionals is made up of doctors and nurse practitioners. We would like to help you understand the different credentials each one holds.

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Osteopathic Doctor (DO)

A DO is fully qualified just like a medical doctor (MD). They can diagnose and treat medical conditions, order diagnostic tests, write prescriptions and perform surgery (if applicable). They have earned a bachelor’s degree, completed four years of medical school, completed a three year, or more, residency program and obtained a license to practice medicine.

The difference between a DO and an MD is their approach to patient care. DOs have been trained to place an emphasis on the person as a whole. They look at the medical side as well as the patient’s lifestyle, family and unique concerns to find the best treatment for their condition.

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Doctor of Medicine (MD)

An MD can diagnose and treat medical conditions, order diagnostic tests, write prescriptions and perform surgery (if applicable). They have earned a bachelor’s degree, completed four years of medical school, completed a three year, or more, residency program and obtained a license to practice medicine.

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Resident Physicians

A resident physician has completed medical school and has the title of DO or MD. They are completing their training in a specialized area of medicine. They work together with other members of the health care team to diagnose and treat medical conditions, order diagnostic tests, write prescriptions and perform surgery (if applicable), under the direction of an attending physician.

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Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP)

A CNP can do patient  examinations, diagnose, prescribe medication and order lab tests or x-rays and refer to other health care providers. CNP is a registered nurse (RN) who has additional education and training in a healthcare specialty area.