It is important to select a doctor who is board certified in the specialty they practice. Board certification does not assure you the doctor is excellent, but it does assure you he/she has had appropriate training by having completed at an approved residency of at least three years and passed an exam.
Rick Schmidt, MD
Specialty: Family Medicine
- family medicine
- family medicine
Location and Office HoursRick Schmidt MD
1401 N 4th St Ste 202
Purcell, OK 73080
- monday: 8:00AM - 4:00PM
- tuesday: 8:00AM - 4:00PM
- wednesday: 8:00AM - 4:00PM
- thursday: 8:00AM - 12:00PM
- BlueCross BlueShield
- BlueCross BlueShield of Oklahoma
- Coventry Health Care
- First Health
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- United Healthcare
- Purcell Municipal Hospital
- Is a doctor board certified in a specific field of medicine?
What kind of training do family doctors have?
Family doctors are physicians who have been trained in the medical specialty of Family Practice. Their training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness in both children and adults, including obstetrics. Many hospitals, however, do not grant obstetrical privileges (delivering babies) to Family Practitioners as they have sufficient Ob-Gyns to deliver that care.
What kind of training do primary care providers have?
Primary care physicians are trained to diagnose and treat the initial stages of disease for adult patients. They also should be trained in prevention and wellness. Pediatricians provide primary care for children. In addition, many women use Obstetrician-Gynecologists for primary care and many Ob-Gyns have given up practicing obstetrics and only practice gynecology and serve as Primary Care physicians for women. Despite this, the College of Obstetrics and Gynecology states the training programs for that specialty are not designed to train Primary Care physicians.
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