When scheduling a new patient consultation at Shady Grove Fertility there are several standards you can and should expect. The first is you will have a physician specially trained in reproductive endocrinology and infertility who is available to answer your questions and suggest a course of treatment individualized to your specific needs. The second, which many patients don’t initially realize, is your medical care doesn’t start and stop with your physician.
Each physician at Shady Grove Fertility has a dedicated team of medical staff who work in concert with one together and are devoted to helping each patient reach their ultimate goal—to become a parent. After your initial consultation and upon starting treatment, patients will begin to meet each member of the medical team.
Over the past several years, the number of mid-level providers at Shady Grove Fertility has grown substantially. Comprised of both Physician Assistants (PA) and Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners (CRNP), this team works closely with physicians in all aspects of the patient care spectrum from evaluation and management.
The role of each mid-level provider varies from office to office. Their responsibilities include performing ultrasounds, intrauterine inseminations (IUIs), mock embryo transfers, and hysterosalpingograms (HSGs). They also review lab results and medical records, as well as counsel patients about genetic screening and educate patients about medication.
The titles for mid-level practitioners may vary based on training. After obtaining undergraduate degrees, PA and NPs both go on to complete a Master’s-level program. Nurse practitioners are trained in a specialty, such as women’s health; while, physician assistants are trained in general medicine and then specialize after graduation.