An Introduction to Internal Medicine

If there’s one guarantee in life, it’s that every person will become sick in some capacity and eventually need medical care. Internal medicine physicians rise to this challenge by providing broad and comprehensive care for the variety of illnesses that can impact adults throughout their lives. Internists specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating chronic diseases while also promoting and supporting ongoing health.

More About Internists

Internal medicine physicians spend at least seven years in medical school and postgraduate training, with three or more of those years dedicated to becoming experts in preventing, diagnosing, and treating adult diseases. More than half of internal medicine residents complete a one to four year fellowship in order to study a subspecialty as well. Common subspecialties include genetics, rheumatology, cardiology, infectious disease, and sports medicine.

Because internists are experts in disease and illness, they are often known as the “doctor’s doctor,” and they are called upon for professional advice and support by many other types of specialty doctors. In short, internists are physicians who provide comprehensive and long term care in the office and, when needed, hospital settings to not only help adults stay healthy but also manage any illness or chronic diseases that arise over time. Internists are trusted for their extensive knowledge and skill in diagnosing and treating diseases.

Internists Solve the Puzzle

Much like the infamous Doctor House from the TV show House, internists are specifically trained to solve diagnostic puzzles that have stumped others. Chronic illness and severe health problems often are not what they seem, and internists can call upon their extensive knowledge and experience to determine the exact problem and best solution.

Internists also bring other elements into solving the puzzle, like women’s health, substance abuse, and mental health to ensure that all aspects of a patient’s health is taken into consideration and handled appropriately. Some doctors may not link elements of general wellness to an ongoing chronic illness, but internists will catch the subtle connection and efficiently pave a path to recovery.

The Best Long Term Relationship

An internist is a type of doctor who patients stay with for the long haul. Since internists can provide comprehensive care for preventative health, common problems, and complex diseases, they can handle primary care services for adults while also helping to resolve more major problems.

This ongoing relationship makes treatment more efficient because internal physicians already know each patient’s background and possess a personal understanding of the patient’s lifestyle, habits, and previous medical patterns.