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Internist

Each age group has a specific medical specialist that looks after them. For example, pediatricians see young patients while the geriatricians treat the older adults. On the other hand, the middle group also gets sick and they need an expert to diagnose and treat their diseases. For this purpose did the branch of internal medicine come into existence.

Definition

Internal medicine is the branch of medicine that involves diagnosis and treatment of health conditions of the adults. In addition, this division includes determination of prevention for certain adult illnesses.

Medical professionals who choose to specialize in internal medicine are called internists. They are physicians who have taken a post-graduate course and underwent a series of training focusing mainly on internal medicine. These specialists are versatile in such a way that they can also go through training for surgery and obstetrics.

However, people should not confuse the term internists with interns since these two have a big difference although both are related to the medical field. Internists are certified medical specialists while the latter indicates first year resident doctors.

Internists are medical experts who also have ample amount of knowledge and experience in maintaining wellness, mental health, and disease prevention. They are well-trained on treating the common eye, ear, skin, reproductive, and nervous system disorders.

Types of Patients

Internists are the medical doctors responsible for providing thorough care for both the ordinary and complicated illnesses among adults. Although pediatricians are known for managing childhood diseases, internists can still cover for the adolescents with systemic ailments. The same goes for geriatric patients who are need of attention from internists.

Those who have been trained on internal medicine have a very broad scope of service since they can deal with the diagnosis, management, and treatment of different kinds of infections and cancer. These specialists are also qualified in treating patients with cardiovascular, hematologic, urinary, respiratory, digestive, and the musculoskeletal system diseases.

Subspecialty

There are those who desire to undergo further training on the other subspecialties. Some of the subspecialties that are listed in both the ABIM and the American College of Osteopathic Internists are: cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, immunology, nephrology, pulmonology, and many more.

Internist doctors by state:
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
California
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming