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What is the difference between family medicine, internal medicine and general practice residency ?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Int'l Medical Grad: I suspect that you're referring to International Medical Graduates (previous referred to as Foreign Medical Graduates) who completed medical school outside of the States, regardless of nationality (some US citizens go to school in Mexico & Caribbean for instance). Bottom line, any doctor, regardless of medical school location, can practice in States after meeting licensure requirements. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How many years is the fellowship for interventional cardiologist following the 3 year internal medicine residency?
3+1: Cardiology fellowship is 3 years following 3 years of internal medicine. Interventional cardiology is an additional 1 year after the 3-year cardiology fellowship. So, non-interventional cardiology is 6 years after 4 years of medical school following 4 years of college. Interventional cardiology is 7 years after 8 years of college and medical school (not including a few 6-year bs/md programs). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: It honestly depends on the amount of training of the osteopathic physician and their willingness to employ different alternative medicine therapies. Some osteopathic physicians do not practice any alternative medicine. Again it depends on the D.O.'s practice and specialty and background post graduate training. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What's your opinion of chiropractors, acupuncturists, naturopaths and other alternative medicine specialists?
Good but it depends: Some practitioners in all fields of medicine are better at it than others. Some are too opinionated to get good answers, some more skilled than others, some curious to dig deep and have great instincts too. But generally speaking, I am delighted that more and more people are gaining access to real healthcare instead of getting hooked on pharmaceuticals and dealing with the side effects. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Minor only: Family pactice doctor usually do minor surgery such as repair laceraton. Minor office procedures only. Some does assist in surgery as an assistant with a surgeon.Since malpractic insurance is very high even as assitant, very few fp still do assistant in surgery anymore. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Complete management: When the original program was developed at Sloan Ketteting at the end of World War 2, it was a comprehensive 3 1/2 yr program after general surgery with orthopedic oncology, urologic oncology, Gyn oncology, hepatic surgery, breast, pancreatic and colorectal Ca. It also included sarcomqa and exenterative surgery. Few programs are comprehensive anymore. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Branch of Cardiology: It is a branch of cardiology that deals with Catheter Based Treatment of Structural Heart Diseses It involves Cardiac Cathetrization and procedures like Angioplasty and stents placement and following procedures Valvuloplasty dilation of valves Congenital Heart Defect corection like ASD,VSD&PDA Percutaneous Valve Repair or Repacement Coronary Thrombectomy Vast Scope ...Read moreSee 7 more doctor answers
Is nuclear medicine considered internal radiation therapy? For some reason, it seems like all the definitions of internal radi don't include nuclear.
Yes: Nuclear Medicine includes tests such as PET and other scans that can assess tumors & evaluate the function of various organs. It also includes giving radioisotopes by mouth or vein for the treatment of certain cancers (most commonly thyroid, lymphoma and bone mets) and hyperthyroidism. This is different than brachytherapy done by Radiation Oncologists in which radioactive seeds are put in a tumor ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Integgrative: Often there is a knowledge gap of evidence-based integrative or complementary practices. These are not typically taught in med school or residency. Often practitioners do not believe in these practices regardless of evidence of safety and efficacy. State licensing boards may not be supportive. Legal issues such as "standard of care" problematic. Malpractice insurance can also be an issue. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
As with all surgery.: The complications (I think this is what you mean by after effects) are universal. Pain, bleeding, infection, wound dehiscence (opening) bowel dysfunction, blood clot formation, unintentional damage to other organs and possible need for return to the OR. Most surgeries have a specific set of post op signs to watch for. If in doubt ask your surgeon. Also the surgery can fail to relieve the problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Suffixes to names: Masters degrees and phd degrees are non-medical degrees. They are "graduate" degrees (in anything of interest to the graduate student), meaning they are done after getting a bachelor's degree in college. A board is an organization (has rules for membership) that in medicine is usually for each specialty. A fellow would be a doctor who has been recognized as achieving the criteria set by a board. ...Read more
Are traditional chinese medicine and fuyan pills acceptable solutions in medicine community for treatment of urinary tract infections and problems ?
Ee comment: In the traditional scientific method of treating urinary infection, no one drug is capable to treating all infections, as the germs react differently and at times unpredictably we don't know what the herbs contain? Cystitis cystica and glandularis are not due to infection. ...Read more
What are the DIFFERENCES between a functional medicine doctor, an integrated heath doctor, and a preventative medicine doctor?
Similar yet...: Functional Medicine is a specific approach to Integrative Medicine.Functional Medicine is described as the clinical application of systems biology.See http://tinyurl.com/myelnab Integrative Medicine combines the best of conventional and alternative medicine: http://tinyurl.com/zdeuq4u Both Functional and Integrative docs emphasize prevention but not all Preventive Docs embrace alternatives. ...Read more
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