Physician vs. Clinician

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Main Difference

The main difference between Physician and Clinician is that the Physician is a professional who practices medicine and Clinician is a a health care professional that works as a primary care giver of a patient in a hospital, skilled nursing facility, clinic, or patient's home

  • Physician (noun)

    A practitioner of physic, i.e. a specialist in internal medicine, especially as opposed to a surgeon; a practitioner who treats with medication rather than with surgery.

  • Physician (noun)

    A medical doctor trained in human medicine.

  • Clinician (noun)

    A healthcare provider working in a clinic or hospital.

Webster Dictionary
  • Physician (noun)

    a licensed medical practitioner;

    "I felt so bad I went to see my doctor"

  • Clinician (noun)

    a practitioner (of medicine or psychology) who does clinical work instead of laboratory experiments

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