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What's difference between family and internal medicine?

What's difference between family and internal medicine?

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. ...Read more

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Which is more appropriate for a younger healthier person family practice or internal medicine?

Which is more appropriate for a younger healthier person family practice or internal medicine?

Both can help you!: Family physicians take care of children and adults. Internal medicine docs take care of adults. Younger or not, healthy or not, both specialists are here to take care of you. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what the internal medicine doctors do?

Adult medicine : Treat all varieties of disorders of adult patients over the age of 18, also non ob/gyn related. ...Read more

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What problems are addressed by internal medicine doctors?

What problems are addressed by internal medicine doctors?

Int med: Internists address illnesses systemically. Disciplines include cardiovascular, pulmonary, gastroenterology, endocrinology, nephrology, rheumatology, infectious disease, neurology and general internal medicine. The internist also is trained to manage patients both as outpatients an inpatient. ...Read more

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

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

Either: Is qualified to provide care. Which you prefer may depend more on interaction and rapport you develop with your provider. ...Read more

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If a primary care specializes in internal medicine what does that mean?

If a primary care specializes in internal medicine what does that mean?

Internist: Internal medicine doctors treat adult patients, from healthy young adults to elderly, chronically ill adults. They don't deliver babies or perform surgery. Internists are also trained in managing patients with complex medical problems, both as patients in the hospital and in the office setting. They may also have certain other areas of expertise in addition to internal medicine. ...Read more

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

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 admitted patients requiring hospital care. ...Read more

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

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

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). ...Read more

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What's the difference between a family medicine Dr. And an internal medicine Dr.? What's better for routine check ups?

What's the difference between a family medicine Dr. And an internal medicine Dr.? What's better for routine check ups?

Training: Family medicine doctors train in all ages of life and usually handle all general medical questions. They perform annual exams for women and can deliver babies.

Internal medicine doctors usually don't have ob/gyn training. Internal medicine is the basis for a lot of other medical specialties like neurology, nephrology, cardiology, etc. So, it depends on your needs. ...Read more

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Is there a so call homepathic internal medicine doctor?

Is there a so call homepathic internal medicine doctor?

Homeopathic doctor: There are physicians who are specialized and board-certified in internal medicine and who have trained in classical homeopathy. You can find some of these through american institute of homeopathy (www.Homeopathyusa. Org). Also, there is homeopathic medical licensure in arizona, nevada, and connecticut. A good homeopath takes the case thoroughly regardless of problem area, though. ...Read more

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Need a doctor. Family practice or internal medicine. Who is better?

No better : Both internists and family practitioners make excellent primary care physicians. I would not choose one specialty over another but concentrate more on the individual doctor. ...Read more

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How do a general practitioner, family practice, and internal medicine differ?

Family medicine : The difference is in training. Family medicine usually focused more in outpatient. Internal medicine training focus more on inpatient with some emphasis on outpatient. ...Read more

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Can you become board-certified in internal medicine while still in medical school?

No: Board certification for any medical speciality requires a 4-year college degree, a medical degree (which is a md or do), then completion of an accredited internship and residency program. These post-college programs take 4 years for medical school, 1 year of internship, then 3 years for residency. After that, there may be additional training, called a fellowship, for a medical specialty. ...Read more

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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.?

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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Can one become board-certified in internal medicine before graduating from medical school?

No: In order to become certified and sit for the exam, a physician needs to have completed medical school and a 3-year internal medicine or 4 year internal medicine/pediatrics residency to register and take the examination. ...Read more

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My doc is pa & does internal medicine. He's only doc there. On the wall it says dr. So and so and pa. What does it mean?

PA: It likely means that his office / business is listed as a Professional Association which allows certain differences from a legal perspective. It could also mean Physician Assistant although Physician Assistants are not "Dr"s unless they possess a PHD as well. Hope this is helpful. ...Read more

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Who is internal medicine doctor? What's the job of this doctor?

Who is internal medicine doctor? What's the job of this doctor?

An internal : Medicine doctor or internist has received specialty training. An internist provides comprehensive care to adults. Sometimes they treat more complex patients. ...Read more

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If I have chronic neurological diseases/prescribed many rxs but need a gp, should I seek a d.O., internal medicine, m.D.?

If I have chronic neurological diseases/prescribed many rxs but need a gp, should I seek a d.O., internal medicine, m.D.?

Your choice: As far as do or md, that is a choice that will be made by you depending on the personality and "dr-pt relationship" you develop with your dr./gp. With chronic neurological issues, you may be better served seeing an internist as your primary care provider, however I know many board certified family medicine docs who are also very capable. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you recommend the best family practice doctor and/or internal medicine doctor for adults in the dallas, tx area? I have tried searching already.

Family practice : Look in the yellow pages and look for a board certified family practice. Dr. Then call their office. If you feel good by their reponse, look at their website. ...Read more

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Looking for a good primary or internal medicine recommendation in the Philadelphia Pennsylvania area I have pain management needs that my doc can't?

UoP Pain clinic: Have your Dr. Send you to the UoP pain Clinic. They provide a comprehensive approach centering around pain control through quality care that complies with standards of care including contractual agreements, medication monitoring, Drug screens, pharmacy monitoring, etc. Best wishes. ...Read more

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

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 ...Read more

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What kind of doctor should I find to be my pcp? Family medicine? Internal medicine?

What kind of doctor should I find to be my pcp?  Family medicine?  Internal medicine?

Both r great!: I think they are both perfectly acceptable choices! I'm an internist. ...Read more

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I go to an internal medicine doctor. He did an A1c check and it was 6.1. He put me on metformin. Why?

I go to an internal medicine doctor. He did an A1c check and it was 6.1. He put me on metformin. Why?

Pre-diabetes: An A1c of 6.1% means you have pre-diabetes. Treatment for pre-diabetes include diet and exercise, metformin, or combination of both. Studies have shown that diet/exercise can decrease your risk of getting diabetes by 58%, metformin use can decrease it by 31%. Your doctor have chosen to do both. This is a common practice and a decision made by both of you. ...Read more