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A 38-year-old member asked:

what are the difference between doctors of family medicine and internal medicine?

4 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nancy Mellow
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
Training + patients: They complete different residency training programs after medical school graduation. Internists specialize in medical (not surgical) care for adults, whereas family physicians care for adults, children, and may also do some obstetrics or surgery. There is more overlap with primary care internists, who may also do women's health care (but don't deliver babies or see children).
Dr. Lori Wagner
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Patient traits: In addition to the previous answer, it is important to recognize that internists specialize in following patients with multiple, chronic diseases; such as would be seen in the older, adult population. Internists have also become the primary hospitalists of today, taking care of adult patients when they are admitted.
Dr. Michael Roberts
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Few: Most fm work in outpatient settings where many im work as hospitalists as well as outpatient fm see patients of all ages as well as ob. Im usually only see adults.
Dr. John Ewald
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Medical Detective: Internal medicine and family medicine are trained differently. Internal medicine trains in bodily systems (cardiology, gastroenterology, etc.). Internal medicine is for adults. Family medicine physicians are trained in pediatrics and gynecology.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Can doctors in a family medicine practice do surgery?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. (Liz)Phuong Tran
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Minor only: Family pactice doctor usually do minor surgery such as repair laceraton. Minor office procedures only. Some does assist in surgery as an assistant with a surgeon.Since malpractic insurance is very high even as assitant, very few fp still do assistant in surgery anymore.
Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Family physicians usually (but not always) have their primary practice in the outpatient setting. They do minor surgeries there, like skin biopsies, toenail surgeries, and suturing.
Dec 5, 2012
A 40-year-old member asked:

Can a family medicine doctor get certified in sports medicine?

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Dr. J.Milo Sewards
Orthopedic Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: There are many good training programs in primary care sports medicine in which a family medicine doctor, emergency medicine doctor, or a pediatrician interested in athletic injuries and conditions can train. Despite the publicity of professional athletes getting surgery, the majority of sports medicine issues do not require an operation and can be managed by nonsurgical specialists.
Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Yes
Dec 12, 2012
A 33-year-old member asked:

When should I choose a family medicine over an internal medicine doctor?

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Dr. Nancy Mellow
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
For the whole family: If you have children and want the whole family to receive care in the same office, you might choose a family physician. In some areas, family physicians also do some obstetrics
A 42-year-old member asked:

I am a healthy 25 year old. Internal medicine or family practice doctors for pcp?

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Dr. Nancy Mellow
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
Either: Either type of doctor is well-trained to provide your general health care.
San Antonio, TX
A 36-year-old male asked:

Is it better to see endocrinologist for diabetes than internist (internal medicine doc)?

9 doctor answers16 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 37 years experience
See which you feel c: Some family doctors are very good with diabetes. Endocrinologist would be good also and has more experience. See the one you feel more trust. If intern doesn't treat problem then he will say.

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