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an authorized practitioner of medicine, as one graduated from a college of medicine or osteopathy and licensed by the appropriate board; see also doctor.
attending physician one who attends a hospital at stated times to visit the patients and give directions as to their treatment.
emergency physician a specialist in emergency medicine.
family physician a medical specialist who plans and provides the comprehensive primary health care of all members of a family, regardless of age or sex, on a continuous basis. See also family practice.
resident physician a graduate and licensed physician learning a specialty through in-hospital training.
1. physician responsible for the care of a patient;
2. physician supervising the care of patients by interns, residents, and/or medical students.
Etymology: L, attendere, to stretch
the physician who is responsible for a particular patient. In a university hospital setting, an attending physician often also has teaching responsibilities, holds a faculty appointment, and supervises residents and medical students. Also called
Usage notes: (informal)attending.
The physician who is on the medical staff of a hospital or healthcare facility, and legally responsible for the care given to a particular patient while in the hospital. A patient’s attending physician is also regarded as a person’s private physician, if that physician cares for the person on an individual and/or outpatient basis.
The physician (or designee) who is primarily responsible for the care and treatment of the individual upon whom a declaration of brain death is to be made.
attending physicianMedical practice The physician who is on the medical staff of a hospital or health care facility, and legally responsible for the care given to a particular Pt while in the hospital. See Private physician Terminal care The physician–or designee who is primarily responsible for the care and treatment of the individual upon whom a declaration of brain death is to be madeSee Appropriate period of observation, Brain death, Corroborating physician.
at·tend·ing phy·sic·i·an(ă-tend'ing fi-zish'ŭn)
The doctor formally and legally responsible for primary care and treatment throughout a stay in a health care facility.