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What is Internal Medicine?
Who are Internists & General Medicine Doctors?
Due to their intensive training, an Internist’s is anything but short of a subspecialist. They can manage complicated patients with multiorgan disease for, e.g., a diabetic hypertensive high cholesterol patient also with fatty liver, gastritis, hypothyroid and kidney issues. They tend to refer to subspecialist only in appropriate cases and later manage all other comorbidities along with the referral subspecialist recommendations. They are specially trained in diagnosing complex medical problems and managing chronic illnesses. They are advocates of health maintenance and prevention of diseases.
Internists or Physicians as we call them in our country are distinctly different from GP’s or General practitioners as they are M.B.B.S without any further training. They are mostly outpatient doctors only. Then there are Family physicians who are trained after M.B.B.S through a bit of Pediatrics, Obstetrics, and Surgery along with Outpatient Medicine.
How are we Different?