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What does "general practice" mean in a medical clinit?

What does "general practice" mean in a medical clinit?

Residency training: Many doctors who have not completed a residency in family medicine will call themselves. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
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General Surgery (Definition)

General surgeons typically operate on a variety of abdominal organs, most commonly hernias and gallbladders. General surgeons also perform operations for many intestinal problems, along with breast and skin diseases, as well as manage trauma and critical care patients. Some do all of these, and some specialize in a specific area. In rural settings, they may do orthopedic ...Read more


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What does general practice mean exactly for a medical practice?

What does general practice mean exactly for  a medical practice?

General Practice: A general practice physician can get his/her medical license after serving a 1 year, often rotating, internship. They provide primary care to families, from preventive exams to picking up early on illness. They have to be sharp in many areas to know when to do additional diagnostic tests, etc. Also they're courageous to keep up with so much, and humble enough to refer for more specialized care. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What does "general practice" mean in a medical center with specialized care?

What does "general practice" mean in a medical center with specialized care?

General Practice: A general practice physician can get his/her medical license after serving a 1 year, often rotating, internship. They provide primary care to families, from preventive exams to picking up early on illness. They have to be sharp in many areas to know when to do additional diagnostic tests, etc. Also they're courageous to keep up with so much, and humble enough to refer for more specialized care. ...Read more

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I know some pcps who are 'general practice' and some in general int medicine. Whats the difference?

I know some pcps who are 'general practice' and some in general int medicine. Whats the difference?

GP v IM: Gps handle teens and children, may do ob, as well as a full spectrum of ages. Im limits to older age group, and may be heavy w/seniors. ...Read more

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What can general practitioners do for pneumonia?

What can general practitioners do for pneumonia?

Treat you: A general pacticioner should be able to treat you competently&d appropriately for a penumonia either as an outpatient or as an inpatient. Should he or she feel uncomfortable, they most assuredly will seek consultaiton from someone in a specialty field to help them further treat you. I would feel confident with a generalist physician treating this condition. Ask questions or seek other opinions. ...Read more

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Will general practitioners help in healing mccradle's disease?

Will general practitioners help in healing mccradle's disease?

Yes: General or family physicians can assist you in caring for mcardle's disease in conjunction with a genetic specialist. Unfortunately this is a genetic disease with no known cure at this time. So treatment would be in managing the symptoms and complications as well as preventing the complications as much as possible. Of course these patients also get other problems that are assisted by gp's. ...Read more

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What does "general practice" mean in a medical clinic?

What does "general practice" mean in a medical clinic?

Every day problems: Minor sickness and vaccinations, check up and refferal to right specialist. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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

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

Specialty training: General practice doctors typically do not have board certification. Both internal medicine doctors and family practice physicians complete a three year residency which educates them on the various types of patients they will encounter in practice. Internal medicine physicians primarily treat adults, family practice physicians treat adults, children, and pregnant women. ...Read more

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How are emergency room and general practice doctors qualified in diagnosing and prescribing drugs for mental health?

How are emergency room and general practice doctors qualified in diagnosing and prescribing drugs for mental health?

Training: Er docs are trained to stabilize emergencies, which frequently include mental health crisis, but er drs don't generally do ongoing care. Family docs train for several years on the basic management of common mental health issues and in many communities are the most accessible source of care. If needed, both er &fam drs can also refer to or work with psychiatrists &therapists. ...Read more

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Do general practitioners know about mccradle's disease?

Do general practitioners know about mccradle's disease?

Some do.: Is there a question of trust? Not every physician knows everythiing about anything! a generalist is just that, a generalist. Each generalist has areas of expertise and general knowledge but may not know about specific this such as mcardles's disease. This may be best evaluated, treated and followed by a neurologist. However, trust your pcp and have a good working relationshi;p with him/her! ...Read more

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How many hours a week do most general practitioners work?

80: I work 80 hrs a week. Solo practice and per diem urgent care physician keeps me busy. ...Read more

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Do general practitioners have to have knowledge about everything?

Mostly: A general practitioner is different from a family practitioner and and internist. Gp's usually do only 1 year of internship. Since gp's, fp's and im's usually see almost all problems first most of them have a very broad base of knowledge. I dont think anybody can know everything. ...Read more

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Can general practitioners help with gum recession?

Yes but limited: Receeding gum lines is usually due to poor gum health. This occurs from plaque and tartar building up on the tooth at the gum line causing an inflammatory response (gingivitis). Primary care physicians generally leave this to their dental colleagues, but can recommend good oral health, including daily flossing. Some may also prescribe an oral rinse (periodex) to help. See your dentist regularly. ...Read more

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Are general practitioners a dying breed of specialists?

Are general practitioners a dying breed of specialists?

Their Numbers Fall: Traditionally a general practitioner (gp)is a physician who completes 4 years of undergraduate study, 4 years of medical school and finally a one year internship. Then the physician must pass a comprehensive exam before receiving a medical license. Today we see many more physicians opting to complete three year programs in family and internal medicine. The end result, fewer and fewer gp's. ...Read more

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I would like to enquire for an infant 3 months old coughing should I go to a paedetrician or general practitioners should be able to help?

Who is available ?: Either may be fine in general. There are few conditions with cough that require treatment at that age but either doc would likely have the training & experience to recognize them. ...Read more

Dr. John Berryman
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General Anesthesia (Definition)

General anesthesia is a medically induced coma and loss of protective reflexes resulting from the administration of one or more general anesthetic agents. It is a treatment that renders you unconscious during medical procedures, so you don't feel or ...Read more


Dr. Vasu Brown
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General Surgeon (Definition)

A person that has training and experience in mostly in abdominal and intestinal surgery, but some other areas are included. Specialties within the field include hernia repair, colorectal, trauma, endocrine, weight loss, critical care, breast, and hand surgery ...Read more