What is Internal Medicine?*
Doctors of internal medicine focus on adult medicine and have had special study and training focusing on the prevention and treatment of adult diseases. At least three of their seven or more years of medical school and postgraduate training are dedicated to learning how to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases that affect adults.
What’s an “Internist”?*
Simply put, internists are Doctors of Internal Medicine. Doctors for Adults.® But you may see them referred to by several terms, including "internists," "general internists" and "doctors of internal medicine." But don't mistake them with "interns," who are doctors in their first year of residency training.
Although internists may act as primary care physicians, they are not "family physicians," "family practitioners," or "general practitioners," whose training is not solely concentrated on adults and may include surgery, obstetrics and pediatrics.
Caring for the Whole Patient*
Internists are equipped to deal with whatever problem a patient brings, no matter how common or rare, or how simple or complex. They are specially trained to solve puzzling diagnostic problems and can handle severe chronic illnesses and situations where several different illnesses may strike at the same time. They also bring to patients an understanding of wellness (disease prevention and the promotion of health).
What Kind of Patient Should See an Internist?
Anyone over the age of 18, male or female. Internists can perform routine physical examinations, diagnose and treat chronic diseases such as diabetes or high blood pressure, manage your medications, and so much more. Should you require specialty care, your internist will consult and coordinate with your specialists to ensure you are receiving the best possible care.
To schedule an appointment with one of our Internal Medicine doctors, call 847.473.4357. New patients welcome!
*Information courtesy of the American College of Physicians.