What is an Advanced Practice Provider?

Advanced practice providers (APPs) are a group of medical professionals that include physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses. At Memorial Hermann Medical Group, APPs are regarded as part of the healthcare team and are committed to putting patients first. APPs are highly knowledgeable and serve as an integral part of the development and implementation of our patients’ personalized treatment plans.

What is a Physical or Occupational Therapist?

Physical and Occupational therapists will evaluate your needs and create a comprehensive plan to reduce pain, improve mobility, and restore your body’s functional abilities, without medication or surgery. The Memorial Hermann physical and occupational therapy teams use evidence-based treatments and therapies to improve strength and mobility, to help your body function to its fullest potential.

What is a Physician Assistant?

A physician assistant (PA) is a graduate of an accredited PA educational program who is nationally certified and state licensed to practice medicine with the supervision of a physician. PAs are educated on the medical model with an emphasis on primary care. All PAs rotate through the major specialties and complete a vast number of clinical rotations while in training. PAs are licensed to practice in all areas of medicine and even in surgery.

What is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurses?

An advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) is a registered nurse with additional advanced clinical education and specialty expertise. The term includes a nurse practitioner, nurse-midwife, nurse anesthetist and clinical nurse specialist. APRNs have completed a master’s or doctoral degree program with expansive clinical hour rotations and are board certified. APRNs are prepared to practice in an expanded role to provide health care in a variety of settings. They act independently and/or in collaboration with other medical professionals in the delivery of healthcare services. Nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists may be certified in a broad variety of specialties including: family practice, acute care (adult/pediatric), women’s health, neonatal, pediatrics, gerontology and psychiatry.

In MHMG patient-care settings, PAs and APRNs are licensed to: