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A panel of internists spoke candidly to residents about the pros and cons of several career choices. Here's what they had to say about five different internal medicine practice settings.
Internists are doctors who diagnose and treat adult patients at all stages of health. They're usually the first doctor you'll see if you have a general issue and aren't sure which specialist to go to.
I feel that a good doctor is a good teacher, and one of my obligations is to educate my patients as well as possible.
Some physicians prefer to practice medicine in a broader sense, providing across-the-board primary care to a consistent group of patients over their career. Internists and general practitioners are two of the common types of primary care physicians.
Internists are typically generalists who cover a broad scope of medicine to include total body wellness, disease prevention, and management of chronic conditions and illnesses. Internists typically treat adults, some adolescents, and elderly as well.
Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness.