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Internist Vs General Practitioner
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Yes: But they usually have to have a reason to do so. ...Read more
Medical school: General practicioners have gone to medical school and most have had an internship and residency in family medicine. Many have tremendous training in the er, icu, and in practice. The gp as your call them (family physician) does not hold themselve out as "the expert" in head trauma but are usually very knowlegeable. They are the ones out on the football field making sure your children are safe! ...Read more
Yes: Some family physicians feel comfortable inserting IUDs but you want to make sure that it is a procedure that doctor has done frequently and recently. If not I would suggest an OB/GYN instead. IUDs are somewhat expensive depending on your insurance coverage. They generally average out to the same price as taking birth control pills monthly but the payment is up front with the IUD. ...Read more
Yes: The doctor will be professional with the girl. If the girl is uncomfortable, that is different - it is her choice whether she wants a male or female doctor. ...Read more
Many ways.: The scope of practice of pas depends on the state and their specialty. With general practitioners, pas usually work as "extensions" of the physician - and in theory, there should be good oversight of the work done by the pa. The physician should be available to answer questions the pa might have about the clinical case. In some states the pa can work without physician collaboration or backup. ...Read more
Many Years: Traditionally a general practitioner (gp) is a physician who completes four years of undergraduate study, four years of medical school and finally a one year internship. Then the physician must pass a comprehensive examination before receiving a medical license. ...Read more
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
Can you tell me if I could make an appointment for acupuncture without a general practitioner's permission?
Yes: However, if you are seeking treatment for a condition which your physician is already providing care for - it makes sense to discuss it with your physician. I believe in collaboration. I am an acupuncturist ; I try to touch bases with patients' primary physicians. That way we can optimize the treatment plan. Whenever your providers collaborate - it is a recipe for coordinated and good care. ...Read more
Can my general practitioner diagnose the cause of my hypoglycemia or do I need to be referred to a specialist?
Low sugar: General practitioner is your first stop for evaluation. If results of workup warrant it, u may be referred to a specialist. ...Read more
Good day Where do I take a 7 year old for nutritional status assessment? Is the assessment performed by General Practitioners or must I consult a dietician? Thank you
It depends: Some hospital especially in rural area are very elaborate with this because not enough specialist around for delivery and prenatal done by practitioner, in the city you can not do that. ...Read more
Dentist: My recommendation is for you to get most dental procedures performed at a dentist. Wishing you the very best! ...Read more
Don't know if: Any of the US based doctors that write for Healthtap know this answer. If you Dr is a GP it is a fair question to ask. ...Read more
Depends: What harm have you done. A general physician will take your history, examine you and treat accordingly. Testing may be necessary and procedures may need to be done. Hopefully you have a trusting relationship with your pcp and cand discuss issues with him or her and not worry. I hope you have not harmed yourself badly and that you seek care. ...Read more
Do an online search: There are doctors in each community. To start, an adult woman needs an internist or family practitioner, plus an obgyn doctor. A man needs an internist or family practitioner. One can search on healthtap by city name, to see if local doctors are on healthtap (if they are, then one can read their writings to learn more about them). Also, one can check his own insurer's website for doctor's names. ...Read more
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