An internist specializes in providing adults with comprehensive prevention, diagnosis and treatment services for a wide range of diseases and conditions, including infections, minor injuries, and acute and chronic diseases. Internists are highly skilled as diagnosticians. They also provide adults with regular, routine primary healthcare services.
An internist typically:
Evaluates a patient’s medical history and teaches the patient about wellness and disease prevention
Diagnoses and treats acute diseases and conditions including infections, injuries, and gastrointestinal conditions
Screens, treats and monitors a range of chronic physical conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes, thyroid disease, heart disease, and depression
Orders and interprets laboratory and imaging tests and prescribes medications
Consults with other members of a patient’s medical and surgical team
Provides cancer screenings, such as skin and thyroid checks and breast exams
Performs reproductive health screenings including pelvic exams, Pap smears, and sexually transmitted disease (STD) screenings
Internists may also be known by the following names: internal medicine doctor, general internist, primary care doctor, internal medicine physician, physician of internal medicine, general practitioner, and adult doctor.
There are 179468 specialists practicing Internal Medicine in the United States with an overall average rating of 3.9 stars. There are 4480 hospitals in the United States with affiliated Internal Medicine specialists, including Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital and Umass Memorial Medical Center.