“Internists are physicians specializing in internal medicine, a discipline focused on the care of adults, emphasizing use of the best medical science available in caring for patients in the context of thoughtful, meaningful doctor-patient relationships. Don't mistake them with "interns," who are doctors in their first year of residency training. Internists are sometimes referred to as the "doctor's doctor," because they are often called upon to act as consultants to other physicians to help solve puzzling diagnostic problems."
"General internists are equipped to handle the broad and comprehensive spectrum of illnesses that affect adults, and are recognized as experts in diagnosis, in treatment of chronic illness, and in health promotion and disease prevention—they are not limited to one type of medical problem or organ system. General internists are equipped to deal with whatever problem a patient brings—no matter how common or rare, or how simple or complex. They are specially trained to solve puzzling diagnostic problems and can handle severe chronic illnesses and situations where several different illnesses may strike at the same time. Their training uniquely qualifies them to practice primary care and follow patients over the duration of their adult lives and establish long and rewarding personal relationships with their patients. Although internists may act as primary care physicians, they are not "general practitioners," or "family physicians," whose training is not solely concentrated on adults and may include pediatrics, obstetrics, and surgery.”
- American College of Physicians
Comprehensive medical history, a thorough physical examination and tests can help with early diagnosis of serious conditions such as prehypertension, prediabetes, hyperlipidemia, metabolic syndrome and other such diseases. Initial preventive care usually consists on counseling and introducing lifestyle modifications such as a healthier diet and moderate exercise.
Women are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression and more prone to die following a heart attack than men. Osteoarthritis affects more women than men. Women have unique issues are should have regular screenings for diseases such as breast cancer, cervical cancer and bone density & domestic abuse among others.
The goal of cancer screenings is early detection. Early signs of cancer include lumps, sores that do not heal, abnormal bleeding, persistent indigestion, and chronic hoarseness. Early diagnosis is particularly important in cancers of the breast, cervix, prostate, mouth, larynx, colon, rectum and skin. Early detection through routine screenings greatly increases the chances of successful treatment.
Regular follow-ups are necessary for long-term management of chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, COPD, CHF, atrial fibrillation, chronic kidney disease, anemia, etc. Periodic tests are conducted to monitor and treat the disease with drug prescriptions
Cuts, abrasions, lacerations, and injuries requiring minor procedures such as endoscopy can be performed. Minor ambulatory surgical procedures do not require an overnight hospital stay.
Vaccinations play a vital role in prevention of many common illnesses preventing days lost at work. The focus is to encourage patients to get routine vaccinations such as yearly flu vaccine and pneumonia vaccine every five years for elderly patients or patients with chronic medical problems.
Providing medical care for 16+ patients with primary focus both on patient’s well being as well as the complex management of multiple diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, renal diseases etc.