General Internists often act as primary care physicians but unlike “family practitioners”, they work in a variety of specialties. They also typically work with adults only. They are recognized experts in a wide array of diagnosis, prevention of diseases and treatment of various chronic illnesses. Particularly patients who have a broad range of illnesses are often seen by internists. Some internists work in office settings while others prefer the hospital environment. Many also go ahead and perform various non-surgical procedures such as pap tests and abscess drainage. Internists typically spend their residencies in a continuity clinic for three years where about 70 percent of their time is spent working.
Some of What General Internists Cover
General internists both treat and educate about an array of diseases. For example, if you are about to receive such a treatment, they’ll tell you about ozone therapy side effects. If weight is your main issue, they’ll give you a prescription on diet, exercise and anything else you need to do to lower cholesterol. If you have sustained a fracture or various depression issues, then they may recommend PEMF treatment. PEMF stands for Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy. General internists are trained to help you with any and all physical and mental issues that you may have and to never stop at helping you find the right treatment for you.
Here are some other ways in which general internists’ work differs from traditional medical practice:
- Those who choose a sub-specialty often complete what is called a fellowship after completing their residencies. This is completed usually within another year to three years.
- Unlike physicians who practice traditional medicine, internists are trained to treat the patient as a whole.
- The reason that “internist” is part of their name is because they’re considered to be Doctors of Internal Medicine. In other words, their primary area of study is the workings inside of the body.
When you start seeing a general internist, you can expect to build a lifelong relationship with him or her. General internist typically work with those who have terminal or an array of lifelong illnesses such as diabetes or cardiovascular issues. They are trained to help patients solve even the most challenging and complex of diseases no matter how rare or common they are. Their primary role is to help you to see the big picture rather than just treating your symptoms on the surface. Since holistic treatments are gaining more popularity as time goes on, the popularity of the work of general internists is very likely.