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Why an internist?

Although internal medicine specialists are primary care physicians they are different than that of family medicine physicians because they focus on adults. Family medicine physicians may receive training in a number of areas, including obstetrics, pediatrics and surgery. Internal medicine physicians receive training exclusive to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of adult diseases. 

Internal medicine specialists receive extensive training on the organs of the body which  is why internal medicine is the foundation from which subspecialties are born, such as cardiology. Subspecialties of internal medicine include:

  • Adolescent medicine

  • Allergy and immunology

  • Cardiology (heart)

  • Endocrinology (diabetes and other glandular disorders)

  • Gastroenterology (colon and intestinal tract)

  • Geriatrics (care of the elderly)

  • Hematology (blood)

  • Infectious disease

  • Nephrology (kidneys)

  • Oncology (cancer)

  • Pulmonology (lungs)

  • Rheumatology (arthritis)

  • Sports medicine