RWJ Medical Associates

Your primary care provider (or PCP) is the physician, or other practitioner, who acts as a first line when it comes to your health. Your PCP knows you, your body and works with you to guide your health choices.

Family Practice

A family practice physician is a medical doctor who attended four years of medical school, plus three years of residency. The focus of residency is family practice, which means caring for the whole family. This includes pediatric and adolescent medicine.

Internal Medicine

Internal medicine practitioners also attend four years of medical school, plus three years of residency. However, the internal medicine practitioner had training focused on caring only for adults.

Both family practice and internal medicine physicians can treat a variety of illnesses and conditions, conduct health screenings and comprehensive physical exams, provide primary, wellness and preventative healthcare. They can be your partner in monitoring and managing long-term illnesses and conditions including diabetes and high cholesterol. If they diagnose a condition requiring specialist follow up, they can coordinate that care with the specialty physician.

  • What's an MD vs. DO?

    The letters MD and DO following a physician’s name indicates the difference in the type of four-year medical school the doctor attended —medical or osteopathic. Following medical school, both obtain graduate medical education via internships and residencies. Each must pass similar examinations for licensure and board-certification.
  • What is an APN/Nurse Practitioner?

    A nurse practitioner is trained to manage patient care under the supervision of a physician. The nurse practitioner is licensed to provide care, as well as order diagnostic tests and prescribe many medications.

    A nurse practitioner has completed a registered nursing bachelor’s degree program and has received a master's degree (APN) from an accredited nurse practitioner program.