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

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 training focus more on inpatient with some emphasis on outpatient. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

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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'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 admit patients requiring hospital care. ...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's the difference is between 'internal medicine', 'hospitalist' and 'general practice'?

Different: Internist is one who specializes in internal medicine. They are mostly experienced in inpatient and outpatient care. They may either choose to be an hospitalist( who takes care of inpatients or hospital based practice) or an internist may choose to stay in a clinic to take care of out patients. General practice-sees all patients taking care of generally minor ailments. ...Read more

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What is the difference between speed of getting in to see family medicine, internal medicine and general practice?

Depends on location: In many parts of the country, internal medicine physicians are in short supply and it can take longer to get an appointment with an internist than with a general practice doctor or a family physician. However, internists often see more medically complex patients and if you are in that category, it will be worth the wait unless it is an emergency. ...Read more

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What are the differences between primary care doctors like family medicine, internal medicine and general practice. ?

Their training: General practice usually means the doctor has completed only an internship (1 year) of hospital training after medical school. Family physicians and internal medicine doctors usually complete 3-4 years of further training after medical school and they take exams to become board certified in their specialties. All three may take care of some of the same problems, but their training is different. ...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 is possible that general practitioners are allowed to prescribe psychiatric drugs?

How is possible that general practitioners are allowed to prescribe psychiatric drugs?

MDs can rx all meds: Us physicians may legally prescribe almost any med without regard to specialty. In theory i could rx chemotherapy even though i've never practiced oncology. I could even perform surgery if a hospital were foolish enough to allow it. Primary care docs are in a much better position, & usually rx antidepressants & anti-anxiety meds well. For anything more complex, see a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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

If I have chronic neurological diseases/prescribed many rx's 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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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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Looking for a good primary or internal medicine recommendation in the Philadelphia Pennsylvania area I have pain management needs that my doc cant?

Looking for a good primary or internal medicine recommendation in the Philadelphia Pennsylvania area  I have pain management needs that my doc cant?

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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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

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Should I ask my Internal medicine doctor to help me order a customized microarray or another kind of doctor? For screening of ID's and Toxins...

Should I ask my Internal medicine doctor to help me order a customized microarray or another kind of doctor? For screening of ID's and Toxins...

Primary care: Discussion with your regular primary care provider would be the appropriate place to start. This person could help you understand the risks, benefits, and alternatives to the screening you are considering. Certainly, an internist would be an excellent option for this discussion. ...Read more

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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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Dr. James Chapman
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General Practitioners (Definition)

General practitioners are medical professionals that do not provide specialist care. In certain countries this term may ...Read more