Internal Medicine Physician Q&A
For the treatment of both acute and prolonged chronic illnesses in both children and adults, Express Health Care offers internal medicine. The medical specialty known as internal medicine focuses on the prevention, detection, and treatment of internal conditions. To learn more, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations in College Park MD, New Carrollton MD, Falls Church VA, and Berwyn Height, MD.
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What’s the difference between internal medicine and family medicine?
What type of diseases does an internal medicine physician treat?
What does a doctor of internal medicine mean?
What Does an Internal Medicine Doctor Do?
Family medicine and internal medicine are both types of medical specialties. However, these are not the same as general or surgical medicine. Instead, they are sub-specialties within medicine that focus on treating certain diseases or disorders. The differences between these two medical specialties can be confusing for new doctors to understand. That is because both specialties share similar training and require many years of experience to perfect. Since both medical subspecialties are necessary, both have a role in a healthcare team.
Both family medicine and internal medicine focus on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. However, they differ in their approach. While internal medicine doctors tend to focus on one ailment at a time, family doctors tend to treat several health problems in their patients. Plus, family doctors usually see their patients more frequently than internal medicine specialists do. This is because it’s more efficient to treat your patients quickly when they are sick than to wait for them to come into the office. Plus, seeing your patients often allows you to develop strong relationships with them that you can use for treatment. On the other hand, treating many patients leads to better diagnosis and treatment of the patient’s current health concern.
Physicians, also known as physicians of internal medicine, are trained to perform many procedures and have knowledge of a variety of different disciplines to perform independently.
They also participate in additional training and specialize in the following categories of internal medicine:
Intensive Care Medicine
Intensive care medicine focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of clinical problems that represent extremes of human disease.
Cardiology is the branch of medicine that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the circulatory system, blood vessels, and heart. These conditions include cardiac arrhythmias, heart failure, and coronary artery disease.
Infectious diseases are usually caused by pathogenic microorganisms, including viruses, bacteria, parasites, or fungi.
Neurology is another branch of internal medicine in which physicians deal with disorders of the nervous system.
Respiratory medicine diagnoses and treats diseases that affect the respiratory system, including the ear, nose, throat, trachea, diaphragm, and lungs.
In rheumatology, doctors diagnose, treat, and treat a variety of diseases, including inflammatory rheumatic diseases that affect the joints, bones, and muscles.
Endocrinology and metabolism
This subfield of internal medicine includes the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with diseases of the endocrine glands, metabolic disorders, and diseases of the endocrine system and its target organs.
This branch of medicine focuses on diseases of the digestive system and patients.
General Internal Medicine
General Medicine represents the values of General Medicine, which is based on the needs of the population and promotes health and well-being.
Gerontology focuses on the social scientific examination of the care and health of older adults.
Hematology is the branch of medicine that studies, diagnoses, treats, and prevents all blood-related diseases.
This branch of medicine focuses on diagnosing, treating, and preventing cancer in patients.
Clinical Immunology and Allergy
Focuses on diseases characterized by faulty responses of the body’s own immune system.
Dermatology is a specific branch of medicine that specializes in treating a patient’s hair, skin, and nails.
For individuals who need comprehensive care for complex chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure, an internist, or physician, is one of the best healthcare professionals. In addition, physicians specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of adults or the elderly. They may specialize in certain areas, but they can take care of the whole body and often assist other doctors in diagnosing and treating illnesses. Physicians have extensive training in the body’s internal organs and internal processes and help in other areas, but they specialize only in adults and older adults. Just as pediatricians treat children under a certain age, physicians treat adults above a certain age.
Internal medicine doctors diagnose and manage diseases involving any of the organ systems and are specially trained to manage their patients’ serious illnesses or injuries from advanced illnesses and/or diseases of more than one system. Internal medicine doctors provide care within the office setting, in hospitals, and on a continuous ambulatory basis.
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