CHI Health’s internal medicine physicians, also known as internists, specialize in the prevention, detection and (nonsurgical) treatment of conditions affecting adults. They focus on the entire body and function in many capacities, as a diagnostician, personal physician, health counselor, consultant and an educator.
Internists are specially trained to address medical situations in which several different illnesses may occur at the same time. They can manage complex and chronic illnesses, but also encourage wellness. As primary care physicians, they care for patients for life, in the clinic, during hospitalization and even in the nursing home, coordinating care with other specialists as needed.
Should I Visit an Internal Medicine or Family Medicine Doctor?
Either internal medicine or family medicine practitioners can serve as your primary care physician, though Internal medicine doctors concentrate on providing medical care for adults—they don’t typically treat children or infants, or provide maternity care.
If you are looking for a physician to continue your care throughout your adult life, or if you have a chronic illness or complex combination of illnesses, you might prefer the care of an internist.
However, if you would like the same doctor to provide care for your entire family, parents and children alike, you might consider seeing a doctor specializing in family medicine.
Which Medical Conditions Do Internal Medicine Doctors Treat?
Internists are equipped to deal with whatever problem a patient brings—no matter how common or rare, simple or complex.
Internists also bring to patients an understanding of wellness (disease prevention and the promotion of health), women's health, substance abuse and mental health, as well as effective treatment of common problems of the eyes, ears, skin, nervous system and reproductive organs.