Dr. BouaSy Huneycutt is a native of North Carolina. She completed her undergraduate training at North Carolina State University and then graduated from East Carolina University School of Medicine in 1998. She successfully completed a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatric Residency program at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa Florida. After 5 years of providing primary care for patients of all ages in the Tampa bay area, she moved back to North Carolina. Dr. Huneycutt joined Asheville Medicine and Pediatrics in 2007 upon her return. Today, Dr. Huneycutt has her own practice, Art of Internal Medicine & Pediatrics located in Asheville, NC.
What is a Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Physician?
Upon completion of medical school, a physician must complete residency training in their chosen field of medicine. A combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics (Med-Peds) residency program provides concurrent training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and allows eligibility for board certification and practice in both disciplines. A Med-Peds physician can see both adults and children in a wide variety of practice settings and practice styles. Med-Peds physicians can choose from outpatient primary care to inpatient hospitalist practice, and practice styles range from urgent acute illness care to the longitudinal chronic illness care of patients with congenital heart disease.
Recognizing the need for physicians with in-depth skills in the provision of care to adults and children, the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics approved combined training leading to dual board eligibility in 1967. Through a comprehensive training and having in-depth knowledge of both internal medicine and pediatrics, Med-Peds physicians can synthesize their clinical knowledge into care for patients spanning the spectrum from birth until death. A Med-Peds physician will see a variety of patients and clinical scenarios: well baby visits, high risk deliveries, newborn assessments, common childhood illnesses, emergency room visits, basic gynecology care, inpatient adult and pediatric patients, outpatient adult and pediatric patients, adult and pediatric intensive care. Dual training in both discipline, Med-Peds physicians are uniquely qualified to care for adolescent patients, particularly children with complex and chronic conditions as they transition to adulthood.
Med-Peds residency is a 4 years of residency training consisting of the same in-depth training as the categorical pediatric and internal medicine residency programs. Residents change between their internal medicine and pediatric rotations every 3-4 months, depending on the residency program. By the end of 4 years, residents will have completed core requirements for both categorical internal medicine and categorical pediatrics, including some elective time.
A frequently asked question regards the differences between Med-Peds and family medicine training and practice. Although both Med-Peds and family physicians are trained to care for both adults and children, Med-Peds training is 4 years instead of 3, includes more in-depth training in both internal medicine and pediatrics, does not include obstetrics/gynecology or surgical training, and allows for dual board certification. In practice, Med-Peds physicians are generally more narrowly trained to care for both healthy but also very complicated children and adults in great depth, while family physicians are trained to attend to the broader needs of a family in both.
"Fun Facts About Dr. H…And Did You Know" …and did you know she was a chartering member of the first USF College of Medicine Combined Med-Peds residency in Tampa FL, when it began in 1998.
Certification At the completion of residency training, Med-Peds graduates are board eligible for certification by the American Board of Pediatrics and by the American Board of Internal Medicine American Board of Internal Medicine.
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