An Internal Medicine physician is an “adult” primary care doctor with different training from a pediatrician or family care physician. An Internal Medicine physician typically sees patients over the ages of 16-18. Internal Medicine physicians have more advanced training in complex medical problems, and you will find they are comprehensive in their approach to your health care in the office, hospital and even in nursing care centers.
While the focus is on PREVENTION, “Internists” – as they are often known, are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of common as well as complex conditions and illnesses. An Internist will help you to manage chronic conditions such as allergy/ashthma, diabetes, cancer, heart related issues including high cholesterol and high blood pressure, infections, kidneys, digestive, respiratory, and more.
Everyone should establish a relationship with an Internal Medicine physician around the age of 35 if they haven’t done so before that point. If there is a strong family history of certain diseases, then establishing with an Internist earlier is a great idea. An Internist will follow you throughout your life, including annual physicals and managing most short term (acute) conditions and long term (chronic) conditions.