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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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General practitioners are medical professionals that do not provide specialist care. In certain countries this term may ...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'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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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 family medicine, internal medicine and general practice residency?

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

Family medicine etc.: Family medicine encompasses pediatrics ob/gyn and adult medicine. Internal medicine is medicine for adults. General practice less specialized training. ...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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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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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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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.

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 web site. ...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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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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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 inpatients. ...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 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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For a man, which is better== internal medicine doctor or family practice doctor?

Neither: Both specialties have the training to take excellent care of a man's general health. ...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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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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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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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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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 an 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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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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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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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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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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Hello doctors, what does an internal medicine doctor do?

Non-surgical: Internal medicine physicians can work in the clinic and act like family physicians. They manage a wide range of illnesses. If needed, they can also refer you to specialists. Internal medicine physicians have limited pediatrics and ob/gyn training.
In the hospital, they are the primary doctors for patient with non-surgical illnesses. They manage your care with the help of specialists if needed. ...Read more

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How many years is the fellowship for interventional cardiologist following the 3 year internal medicine residency?

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 more

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Are internal medicine specialists the same thing as infectious disease specialists?

Are internal medicine specialists the same thing as infectious disease specialists?

No: I'd specialists are trained in various infections, usage of antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals, sepsis etc. Including hiv, aids. ...Read more

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Help please! Is an internal medicine doctor or an endocrinologist the best for treating thyroids?

Help please! Is an internal medicine doctor or an endocrinologist the best for treating thyroids?

Endocrinologist: The internist will be able to evaluate your thyroid, however, if abnormalities are found upon testing, he/she will likely refer you to an endocrinologist for further evaluation and management. ...Read more