Patient education is key when it comes to understanding the roles of various healthcare providers as well as the risks posed by medical treatment not overseen by a physician. A 2015 AARP Magazine Infographic provides patients with the fundamentals of physician office roles, calling attention to the dramatic differences in training between physicians and nurse practitioners.
The graphic reads, “The physicians are still the ones in charge — and those with the most training, as indicated by the length of their white coats, the longest of any health care professionals. MDs have 3 to 7 years of training after med school.”
View the graphic on the AARP website here.