What is a DO and how does it differ from an MD?
A DO is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. An MD (Doctor of Medicine) and a DO are both physicians licensed to practice medicine in the United States. Both MDs and DOs undergo four years of medical school before submitting themselves to residency programs to finish their training and become fully licensed physicians. MDs and DOs are similarly educated and certified, and the main difference lies in their training and philosophy of patient care.
During medical school, both MDs and DOs undergo very similar curriculums, focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. However, DOs are trained with a holistic approach, and are taught to look beyond symptoms of illness and disease to examine the patient as a whole. In addition, DOs receive additional training in the musculoskeletal system and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. DO physicians perform the full scope of Obstetrics and Gynecology, which includes vaginal deliveries, Cesarean sections, hysterectomy, laparoscopy and robotic surgery.
I forgot to get my birth control prescription refilled before the week-end, what should I do?
Prescriptions for birth control pills, Ortho Evra, or Nuva Ring will not be refilled after office hours. Please call the office for refills during regular business hours (Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM.)
I think I might be pregnant, when should I schedule my first visit?
Schedule your first sonography appointment at seven weeks and OB visit at ten weeks from the start of your last period.
I think I might be in labor, when should I go to the hospital?
Before going to the hospital you should call the office to speak with a provider. After hours calls will be handled by the answering service and the physician on call will be paged.
Is your practice accepting new patients?
How can I get a copy of my medical records?
First you must provide our office with written consent to release your medical records. This can be done by filling out a Medical Records Release (CLICK TO DOWNLOAD). The form must be completed in entirety in order for our office to release your records. All requests must have your signature. We require 15 business days to process the request and release of medical records.
The following charges apply for medical records:
Personal Copy: No Charge
Insurance Company, Lawyer’s Office, any outside company other than another doctor’s office: as applicable by law.
Transfer of care to a new physician: Free of charge if sent directly to the new physician.
What is the difference between a nurse practitioner and a doctor when it comes to my care?
A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse with advanced academic and clinical experience, which enables him or her to diagnose and manage most common and many chronic illnesses, either independently or as part of a health care team. Nurse practitioners provide some care previously offered only by physicians and, in most states, have the ability to prescribe medications. Working in collaboration with a physician, a nurse practitioner provides high-quality, individualized care for the life span of patient’s special needs. NPs focus largely on health maintenance, disease prevention, counseling and patient education in a wide variety of settings.
Physician assistants (PA) are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, and counsel patients on preventive health care. Within the physician-PA relationship, physician assistants exercise autonomy in medical decision making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services.
Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are qualified to perform physical exams including obstetric and gynecologic exams. They can see patients for annual exams as well as for problem visits (i.e. vaginitis, pelvic pain, irregular bleeding). They are also trained to perform in-office procedures such as IUD insertion, colposcopy, cervical and endometrial biopsy. They can also write prescriptions for medications.
Unlike physicians NPs and PAs do not perform surgery or deliveries.
Physicians perform the same in-office services as NPs and PAs and also evaluate and treat more complicated problems. They are available to consult with NPs and PAs as needed.
What is the cancellation policy at your office?
Drs. Reiter, Hill & Johnson require 24 hours notice when canceling or rescheduling an appointment or the patient will be billed $50.00.
When should I call to schedule my routine appointments?
Annual exams are scheduled approximately 6-8 weeks in advance. This time does vary for each provider. Prenatal appointments are scheduled at different times throughout the pregnancy (the frequency of appointments increases as the pregnancy progresses), and can be scheduled a minimum of three months in advance.
What do I need to bring with me for my appointment?
You will need to bring your insurance card and your copay for your appointment. If you do not have a valid copy of your insurance card at the time of your appointment, your appointment will be rescheduled. If you do not have your copay at the time of your appointment a $25.00 billing fee will be applied.
What hospitals do you serve?
Our doctors have privileges and perform surgeries and deliveries at Sibley Memorial Hospital.
Sibley Memorial Hospital Labor & Delivery video tour