Consider an Internist’s Qualifications and How One Can Help You

Posted on: August 28, 2018

An internist is a specialist in internal medicine, one that provides patients with a high level of care. Still, many people are unfamiliar with the term “internist” and think that they are a provider of alternative medicine. This is not the case. In fact, they attend medical school and provide the same high-quality care that a family doctor does.

What do they do?

They are long-term physicians who give care to adolescents, adults and the elderly. Many find internal medicine rewarding because they create long-lasting relationships with their patients and their families. They are knowledgeable and able to diagnose a range of conditions a patient may have. They mostly serve as primary care physicians for their patients. Some internists have subspecialties that they also provide help with such as sports medicine, cardiology or geriatric care.

Where do they work?

Internists work in our office. However, if a patient is hospitalized, visiting the hospital to provide care is generally required. As such, they work 4 to 5 days a week, normal business hours, but may also extra time doing hospital rounds if required.

An internist undergoes rigorous training

Before being accepted into medical school, an internist must earn a bachelor’s degree and meet the American Association of Medical Colleges requirements for acceptance into medical schools. This includes passing the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test).

Four years of medical school is a requirement followed by another three-year residency program specifically for internal medicine. All doctors are required to pass the Medical Licensing Examination upon completion of their program. Most have to also be board certified in internal medicine to practice. This is done by passing a separate set of board exams.

For those that want subspecialties, another one to three years of fellowship is required. This can be obtained after the internist path has been successfully completed or during the course of becoming an internist. These specialties allow the internist to have a deeper focus in a specific medical-based area.

So, what does this mean for patients?

When selecting a new physician, patients need to know that they can turn to an internist for excellent medical care. In our office, we help a lot of patients to improve their health, both by treating illnesses and preventing them. The biggest difference between our office and a family physician is that we do not treat children because an internist is focused on providing care for adults. Many of our patients appreciate this because of the office environment this creates and the fact that we are accustomed to diagnosing and treating issues specifically related to adult health.

Why should I see an internist?

Ultimately, any adult who wants to be healthy and stay healthy should see an internist at our office. We help our patients to live their best life and this begins by focusing on their current and long-term health outcomes. If you are ready to feel better – schedule an appointment.

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