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What's the difference between 'internal medicine' and 'general practice'?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
2 years: Internal medicine is the specialty of medicine that cares for older, sicker patients and more complex diseases of adults. The specialty requires two year residency and one year internship. "general practice" is a term that intimates completion of the one year internship.
Dr. Ipe Kalathoor
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Internsl medicine: Internal medicine doctors are specialized in adult medicine. They manage patients with complicated multiple medical conditions. Difference between family medicine is family medicine doctors see obstetrics , gynecology and pediatrics. Both the specialties can do general practice which is managing a panel of patients in an outpatient based setting and may be admit patients requiring hospital care.
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
2 years.: Internal medicine is a specialty that requires a 2 year residency. Any doctor can use "general practice" to signify they are in the business of caring for the public. Most internal medicine specialists prefer general internal medicine. We provide care for the older, sicker patient and the more complex diseases of adults. If over age 50 you should consider seeing one of us.
Dr. James Long
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
Internal Medicine: Internists should be offended if someone refers to them as a "general practitioner." internists undergo rigorous training with extensive hours on call in the hospital with very sick patients. I worked up to 100 hours many weeks in residency. We have exposure to multiple sub specialties in residency and to be board certified, must pass a difficult exam with a 70% pass rate. Gp = med school grad.

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What is the difference between family medicine, internal medicine and general practice. ?

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Dr. Siranush Cholakian
Holistic Medicine 34 years experience
The type of training: Family medicine- completed 3 years residency program after graduating from medical school during which time they rotate/work through different specialty clinics, units and hospitals. Internal medicine-completed 3 year residency program during which they rotate through internal medicine hospital units and clinics. General practice- starting to practice medicine after graduating from med school.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What's the difference is between 'internal medicine', 'hospitalist' and 'general practice'?

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Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
Different: Internist is one who specializes in internal medicine. They are mostly experienced in inpatient and outpatient care. They may either choose to be an hospitalist( who takes care of inpatients or hospital based practice) or an internist may choose to stay in a clinic to take care of out patients. General practice-sees all patients taking care of generally minor ailments.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What's the difference is between doctors of 'internal medicine' and 'general practice'?

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Dr. Nancy Mellow
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
One is a specialist: General practice usually means that the doctor has completed one year of hospital training after medical school. Internal medicine doctors are specialists in the medical care of adults. They complete 3 or more years of training after medical college and must pass exams to become "board-certified" in internal medicine.
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What is the difference between family medicine, internal medicine and general practice residency ?

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Dr. Steven Saunders
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Family medicine etc.: Family medicine encompasses pediatrics ob/gyn and adult medicine. Internal medicine is medicine for adults. General practice less specialized training.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How do a general practitioner, family practice, and internal medicine differ?

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Dr. Bassel Saksouk
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Training: General practitioner is another term for family physicians. Internal medicine physicians get limited training in pediatrics and ob/gyn. Their training is more focused on adults in the inpatient setting, although they can practice inpatient (hospital) or outpatient (clinic). Family physicians are training in pediatrics, adults and ob/gyn. They are better suited to outpatient practice.

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