AARA follows a Care Team model. In most cases, you will see both the doctor and their APC (Advanced Practicing Clinician) which is a fancy, all-encompassing term for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants that are part of your Care Team. Your appointment is scheduled for 45 minutes.
The APC will start the appointment by reviewing your paperwork, doing a physical examination, and reviewing your history and symptoms. This portion of the appointment will take about 30 minutes.
The last 15 minutes of the appointment, the doctor will join the visit and the APC will bring them up to speed on your case.
At this point, the care team will likely order lab tests, imaging, and any other testing they feel is appropriate to help make a diagnosis.
Reaching a diagnosis, or determining if another specialist is needed outside rheumatology, may take several visits.