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Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine

What is internal Medicine?

Internal Medicine is the branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the internal organs and preventative medicine. One of the major differences between family medicine and internal medicine is that internal medicine training focuses on adults. Aside from that, typical internists like to solve puzzles and figure out the basics of one’s disease. They later come up with differential diagnoses and enjoy thinking through complex issues. Internists are prepared to deal with any problem a patient brings, despite how common, rare, or complex they might be.

 

What is an internist?

Internists are doctors of adult internal medicine.  The majority of the public may not know what an internist is. Internists have often been confused for medical doctors who have completed medical school and have begun their intern year of residency training. This misconception is understandable. Internists manage the vast majority of all acute and chronic medical conditions, both stable and unstable, for 90% or more of the adult population. Unlike a primary care physician, as internists, we have the skills to manage these conditions independently without necessary referral for subspecialty evaluation. An internist is not a primary care doctor. We are often referred to as the “doctor’s doctor.” Internist are trained to manage the majority of most chronic medical conditions that do not require procedural or surgical intervention. We are recognized as experts in diagnosis, in treatment of chronic illness, and in health promotion and disease prevention of adults. This is not limited to one organ system or medical problem. We bring general wellness, women’s health, mental health, and effective treatment of eyes, ears, skin, nervous system, and reproductive organs to a patient’s understanding.

 

At NorthPark Medical Group, we work with you to coordinate all your health needs, from helping you maintain a vigorous lifestyle to linking you with specialists when necessary. We strive to provide comprehensive care for the whole person and support you in reaching your health goals.

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