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A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between primary care doctors like family medicine, internal medicine and general practice. ?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nancy Mellow
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Their training: General practice usually means the doctor has completed only an internship (1 year) of hospital training after medical school. Family physicians and internal medicine doctors usually complete 3-4 years of further training after medical school and they take exams to become board certified in their specialties. All three may take care of some of the same problems, but their training is different.
Dr. Henry Ng
Dr. Henry Nganswered
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 21 years experience
Training and scope: Primary care docs include physicians who completed training in family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine (or for some of us both internal medicine and pediatrics). This training is after 4 yrs of med school and at least 3 yrs long. In general, pediatricians care for infants to young adults, internists care for adults and family med and med/peds docs care for all ages.

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

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Dr. Steven Saunders
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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.
Last updated Feb 15, 2021


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