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what's difference between family and internal medicine?

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
32 years experience Family Medicine
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.
Answered on Jul 16, 2020
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
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.
Answered on Jul 4, 2020
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Dr. David Weissman
23 years experience Internal Medicine
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. Edward Teller
43 years experience Anesthesiology
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. Keshab Paudel
18 years experience Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine usually deal with an adult population.
Mar 25, 2014
Dr. Trushar Dungarani
11 years experience Internal Medicine
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.
Answered on Jul 4, 2020

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