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A 36-year-old male asked:

What's difference between family and internal medicine?

3 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 34 years experience
See below: Both specialties do a 3 year residency. Internal medicine treats those 18 and over, while family practice is trained to care for patients from the cradle to the grave including ob.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Focus: Internal medicine training uses its 3 yr residency to focus on non surgical conditions of those over ~15-18.Family medicine uses the same time frame to cover all ages & all conditions, with some delving into OB or surgical procedures. The increased depth of study may allow an internist to develop more skill in treating more difficult cases in their field.
Dr. Keshab Paudel
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Internal Medicine usually deal with an adult population.
Mar 25, 2014
Dr. Edward Teller
Anesthesiology 45 years experience
True family practice includes kids, adults and ob-gyn. Today internal medicine is adult medicine and family practice includes children . Ob-gyn care is generally provided by a specialist
May 28, 2014
Dr. David Weissman
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
I would add that Internal Medicine docs tend to focus more on developing a differential diagnosis and solving medical mysteries, whereas family practitioners are more adept at procedures and manage patients from "cradle to grave," meaning from newborns to geriatrics. But if you're an adult (18 or older), you can really see either one as a primary care physician...it's just a different emphasis.
Apr 13, 2015
Dr. Trushar Dungarani
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Few things: Family doctors are able to take care of kids. They may also be more likely to take part in women's reproductive health.

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What is the difference between internal medicine and family doctor?

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Dr. Georgia Latham
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Family Doctor: Family doctors generally provide medical care for patients of all ages, including children. Many family doctors provide prenatal care and/or delivers babies. Internal medicine doctors do not provide pediatric nor ob/gyn services.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What is the main difference between a family doctor and an internal medicine doctor?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Benjamin Nguyen
A Verified Doctoranswered
14 years experience
Different: A family practitioner is trained to provide primary care for patients of all ages, including pediatrics, adolescents, adults and geriatric patients, internal medicine doctors focus on adults and geriatric patients.
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