Doctors of Internal Medicine, also called Internists, are physicians who focus on medical care of adults. They are trained to diagnose, treat, and prevent medical illnesses. Like other primary care physicians such as Pediatricians and Family Practitioners, Internal Medicine physicians develop long-term relationships with their patients. This allows them to provide personalized care.
Internal medicine focuses on diseases that affect the internal parts of the body. This includes problems affecting the heart, kidneys, lungs, liver, and other organs. Internists often treat multi-system illnesses, which are often much more complicated than conditions that affect only one physiological system. They also have training in diagnosing rare disorders and unusual symptoms. Internal medicine also includes a strong emphasis on prevention to avoid serious illness and its complications.
Internal medicine physicians provide care to adults. Some practice general internal medicine in the office while others work with critically ill patients in the hospital. Internal medicine physicians can also become specialists in areas such as cardiology or endocrinology by completing a fellowship. Wherever they work, they bring a comprehensive and scientific approach.
Internists are not required to train in pediatrics, obstetrics, or surgery. Instead, they spend extensive time in medical specialty areas such as:
Because of the span of their knowledge in multiple systems of the body, internists are often called upon to assist in consultations on complex or perplexing medical cases. It is common to see internists working hospitals because many of their patients are usually very sick and require significant care.
The main difference between an internist and a family practitioner is that internists provide their services to adults (and sometimes adolescents). Internal medicine takes a scientific approach to medicine, focusing heavily on the much more complex processes of the body and how each one can affect another. While an internist may act as a primary care physician, their practice does not usually include areas of obstetrics and pediatrics.
Family Practice training covers a broader variety of common problems. Seeing all age groups, they are able to serve the entire family. They also are more likely to perform office procedures such as IUD placement or joint injections.
One term that can cause confusion is a general practitioner. Unlike Family Practice and Internal Medicine specialists who complete multiyear training to be able to achieve Board Certification, a general practitioner does not have that training and is not able to become Board Certified.
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