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What are the difference between doctors of family medicine and internal medicine?
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Dr. Nancy Mellow
Internal Medicine
9 doctors agree
In brief: 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).

In brief: 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).
Dr. Nancy Mellow
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Dr. John Ewald
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. John Ewald
Dr. John Ewald
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Dr. Michael Roberts
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Few
Most fm work in outpatient settings where many im work as hospitalists as well as outpatient fm see patients of all ages as well as ob.
Im usually only see adults.

In brief: Few
Most fm work in outpatient settings where many im work as hospitalists as well as outpatient fm see patients of all ages as well as ob.
Im usually only see adults.
Dr. Michael Roberts
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Dr. Lori Wagner
Internal Medicine
In brief: Patient traits
In addition to the previous answer, it is important to recognize that internists specialize in following patients with multiple, chronic diseases; such as would be seen in the older, adult population.
Internists have also become the primary hospitalists of today, taking care of adult patients when they are admitted.

In brief: Patient traits
In addition to the previous answer, it is important to recognize that internists specialize in following patients with multiple, chronic diseases; such as would be seen in the older, adult population.
Internists have also become the primary hospitalists of today, taking care of adult patients when they are admitted.
Dr. Lori Wagner
Dr. Lori Wagner
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