Internal medicine is a medical specialty focused on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of adult illnesses. It’s a form of primary care devoted to a broad scope of medicine for adults including both sexes, each organ system and every disease.
What is an Internal Medicine Physician?
Sometimes called “internists,” internal medicine physicians have lengthy training and are especially skilled in the management of patients who have undifferentiated or multi-system disease processes. In fact, Internists dedicate at least three of their medical school years and postgraduate training to learning how to prevent, diagnose and treat the diseases of adulthood.
Internists are sometimes referred to as the “doctor’s doctor” because they often help solve puzzling diagnosis and often function as “medical detectives.” If a referral is indicated, your internal medicine physician may refer you to a specialist but will manage your overall health care even when other doctors are involved. They help coordinate care with specialists and unlike the specialists treat patients as a whole, not just each organ system alone.