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physician

 [fĭ-zish´un]
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.

at·tend·ing phy·si·cian

1. physician responsible for the care of a patient;
2. physician supervising the care of patients by interns, residents, and/or medical students.

attending physician

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.

attending physician

Medspeak-US
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.
 
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 made.

attending physician

Medical 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.
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Thus, our estimate of the involvement of hospitalists in the care of surgical patients based on their being the attending physician is lower than that reported in studies that also counted these physicians' roles as consultants (Kuo et al, 2009).
This is especially challenging for new attending physicians who are mothers.
attending physicians who had just completed shifts of 12 hours or more, compared with when they had completed shifts of less than 12 hours.
The survey results showed that 94% of the Neurosurgery Surgery division staff (11 attending physicians and 6 residents) answered the anonymous written survey questionnaires.
If those qualities are present, success is likely regardless of the number of patients to whom he or she provides attending physician services.
But Riffel said attending physicians were always in the delivery room or at least nearby.
I want my life to be prolonged and I want life-sustaining treatment to be provided or continued unless I am in a coma that my attending physician believes to be irreversible.
The hospice nurse noticed that the wife had decreased the daily tube feedings to an amount less than the quantity prescribed by the attending physician in his written orders.
In all cases, it would be beneficial if the taxpayer's attending physician recommended and supported the need for such professional medical assistance to properly care for the taxpayer.
After being hospitalized, city employee Cleopatra Haslip was forced to pay her own medical costs when a collection agency obtained a judgment against her on behalf of the attending physician and the hospital.
If each of the more experienced attending physician would spend a couple of long days and nights a year at the hospitals that give them privileges, the problems detailed in this book would be eased immediately.
The attending physician will be required to complete a "Precertification form" prior to each nonemergency admission to a hospital.