Ah yes, you speak of the DOCTOR HIERARCHY! And all the names we call each other.
What’s a fellow? And the names of our roles: I made a little a flowchart because I got a new app and I love flowcharts!
Okay, so you’re a resident now, you’ve got the MD. Aside from resident, what do I call you?
Internist: physician who specializes in internal medicine
Surgeon: I think we all know what a surgeon does
Pediatrician: physician who specializes in kids
Obstetrician, Gynecologist, OB, GYN, OB/GYN: physician who specializes in deliveries or women’s reproductive health
Family Physician, Family Doctor: Often the one people refer to as “my doctor”, because this is the physician most people will see first when they need to see a doctor and make an appointment
Psychiatrist: who is NOT a psychologist. A psychologist cannot prescribe medications. And not all psychiatrists are experts in the various therapy modalities.
Hospitalist: This doctor primarily sees patients who are staying in the hospital. Can be a pediatrician, internist, or family physician.
Insert-latin-or-greek-name-of-organ-ologist: ex. cardiologist, hepatologist, gastroenterologist.
Insert-same-latin-or-greek-name-surgeon: ex. cardiothoracic surgeon, hepatobiliary surgeon, orthopedic surgeon
There are obvious MANY more, but these are very common.