Internal Medicine is the specialty in medicine which cares for the whole patient. Internists have extensive training across the spectrum of medical conditions from complex medical problems to maintaining health. In addition to medical school, internal medicine physicians complete at least 3 years of postgraduate training dedicated to learning and understanding the multitude of medical conditions which afflict our patients. With this extensive training, Internists treat a wide array of medical conditions. Internists are trained to treat chronic medical problems such as asthma, diabetes, and hypertension, and they are the first in line for treating acute illnesses such as infections, arthritic pain, anxiety/depression etc. When you see a specialist, such as a cardiologist, they treat only your heart. Internists often can treat your cardiac issue while also considering how this condition will interact with your whole person.
Internal medicine physicians are trained to analyze each patient’s unique and complex set of symptoms to figure out a diagnosis. This problem-solving ability enables an Internist to deal with any health-related presentation that arises. Working collegially with specialists, when needed, Internists can provide the best care possible to their patients.
For an Internist to be an effective care provider they must form a trusting relationship with their patients. In this manner they can help guide patients to receive proper medical care. Internists also focus on preventive care through screening and education about a healthy lifestyle. With this physician-patient bond, an Internist can assist their patient in occasionally making difficult medical choices. Often referred to as "primary care physicians," Internists’ scope of training makes these physicians uniquely suited to handle the complex medical conditions patients develop. Your Internal Medicine physician should be the doctor you trust and rely on to guide all of your health care needs.