Frequently Asked Questions
What is a geriatrician, and why should I see one?
A geriatrician, now called a senior health specialist, is a physician who specializes in
the care of older adults, and addresses the physical, psychological and social problems
surrounding the patient and family. He or she focuses on optimizing quality of life
and functional abilities rather than seeking definitive cures. If you are 55 years of age
or older, you may benefit from the specialized care of a senior health specialist.
Why am I seeing a nurse practitioner?
A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse (RN) who has completed advanced
education (a minimum of a master’s degree) and training in the diagnosis and
management of common medical conditions, including chronic illnesses. Nurse
practitioners provide a broad range of health care services focused on individualized
care and prevention, wellness, and patient education. They can serve as a patient’s
regular health care provider.
I’ve heard that MetroHealth is a teaching hospital. What does that mean?
A teaching hospital is a hospital that provides medical training to medical students
and residents. Medical students typically spend two to three years in a teaching
hospital doing clinical training, after completing their preclinical training in the
medical school of a university. You may meet a medical student or resident when
your doctor sees you for your appointment.
Are residents, interns, and fellows “real” doctors?
Yes, residents, interns, and fellows are real doctors at different levels of training.
- Intern: A physician who has completed medical school and who is in his or her
first year of a residency program.
- Resident: A physician who has completed medical school and an internship and
is training in a medical specialty.
- Fellow: A physician who has completed both an internship and residency and
who is pursuing further specialty education in a specific area, such as geriatrics.
An intern, resident, or fellow may come into the examining room to ask you some
questions or perform an exam. If this makes you uncomfortable and you prefer to
see only your physician, please tell us. Our first priority is always your comfort.
How do I learn more?
- To schedule a medical appointment in the Senior Health Outpatient Program, call 216-957-2100.
- For more information about other services for seniors, call MetroHealth Advantage at 216-957-2800.