Switching from family medicine to internal medicine - Doctor answers

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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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Family Medicine (Definition)

Family medicine is a medical speciality and branch of medicine which deals with comprehensive health care to patients regardless of their age or sex, particular emphasis on the whole family it is a speciality in breath that integrates the biological, clinical and behavioral sciences. The scope encompasses all ages, both sexes, each organ system ...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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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 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?

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

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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There are a number of doctors out there so which is the most complete doctor to have? Internal medicine, family medicine etc. What is the best doctor to have as a pcp? How do you determine which doctor is best for you?

There are a number of doctors out there so which is the most complete doctor to have? Internal medicine, family medicine etc. What is the best doctor to have as a pcp? How do you determine which doctor is best for you?

Family Medicine: Family medicine doctors specialize in you! They take care of people from birth until death and deliver babies. Your care from a family doctor is provided in the context of your bio-psycho-social situation. About 90% of things you need a doctor for can be provided by a family doctor with continuity of care over time and a strong therapeutic alliance! ...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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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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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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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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What is the difference between internal medicine and family doctor?

Medical Detective: Internal medicine and family medicine are trained differently. Internal medicine trains in bodily systems (cardiology, gastroenterology, etc.). Internal medicine is for adults. Family medicine physicians are trained in pediatrics and gynecology. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between a family doctor and an internal medicine doctor?

Different: A family practitioner is trained to provide primary care for patients of all ages, including pediatrics, adolescents, adults and geriatric patients,

internal medicine doctors focus on adults and geriatric patients. ...Read more

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Is 28 too late to become a doctor (md family doctor or internal medicine doc)? :/ I think i'd be a 5* doctor I'm obsessed with health and helping ppl

NO: It's never too late, but it's a lot of training and a big time commitment. I've had colleagues that were in their 30s and 40s go back to school and become doctors. Not easy but can be done. Good luck! ...Read more

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