What is Internal Medicine?
Internal medicine is a division of primary care that focuses on treating adult patients. Our doctors of internal medicine play a vital role in preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases that affect adults, including chronic conditions.
Benefits of Seeing an Internist
Once an individual turns 18 years of age, they could consider scheduling regular health checkups with an internist. Why? First of all, prevention is key. Doctors of internal medicine focus on preventive care can drastically increase your lifespan because it allows you to catch things early and preventing existing health conditions from worsening. Second of all, the earlier an illness is detected, the better the potential ability to treat and ultimately allow the patient to enjoy a healthy life. Internists apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of minor to major illnesses. They also coordinate care given by other subspecialists to manage chronic illnesses. They are your “go-to physician” facilitating referrals, hospital transfers, and other interoffice communications.
It is ultimately in an individual’s best interest to establish a relationship with an experienced, compassionate, doctor of internal medicine that will have in-depth knowledge of their unique health and continuously be proactively involved in seeking out their wellness for a better quality of life.
What do Internists Prevent, Diagnose & Treat?
Internists receive extensive training in a broad spectrum of illnesses allowing them to routinely see patients with conditions such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and chronic lung disease.
In addition to being a doctor of internal medicine, internists may choose to seek out a subspecialty in internal medicine. The following are some subspecialties internists may choose to seek out additional studies and certification in:
- Allergy & Immunology
Common Services Offered by Internal Medicine Physicians
- Act as a patient’s first contact for health-related concerns.
- Care for patients irrespective of health condition and sustain an enduring and trusting relationship.
- Plan and direct the course of the healthcare system with patients, like specialist and hospital care coordination and follow-up.
- Care for all adult patients in the context of their family and the ways in which the health of each family member affects the others.
- Use of data and technology to prioritize and coordinate services, enhancing access, continuity, and relationships.
- Understand the effects of community-level factors and social determinants of health and help patients to identify available community resources.
Considering the vast scope of the Internal Medicine as a department and the experience an internal medicine physician possesses in areas of different medical fields, some of the common conditions that are treated by our internists include:
- Minor injuries
- Ear infections
- Cold/cough/sore throat/flu
- Skin problems
- Urinary tract infections
- Sports injuries
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Substance abuse
- High blood pressure