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Old 09-02-2008, 06:20 PM
 
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What's the difference between a family doctor and a family doctor that does internal medicine?
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Old 09-02-2008, 08:33 PM
 
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What's the difference between a family doctor and a family doctor that does internal medicine?
Internal Medicine doctors are not "family doctors" they are doctors for "grown ups". A physician that is board certified in Internal Medicine has done a residency consisting entirely of treating adults and the full gamut of diseases that affect that population.

A "family doctor", physician board certified in Family Practice, has done a residency that includes pediatrics as well as adult medicine. They are more qualified to treat from " cradle to grave". They also have slightly less in depth training regarding adult internal medicine.

To confuse things a little more, there are also "combined residencies" so a physician may be double board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, having spent more time in training that a Family Practice MD, they would have more in depth training in both areas....
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Old 09-02-2008, 08:36 PM
 
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Thank you bluedevilz. That helps clarify things for me.
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Old 09-02-2008, 09:41 PM
 
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An Internal medicine doc has more focus on critical care for adult patients...Family doctors treat families but will hand over care (usually) if you are in critical condition...
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Old 09-03-2008, 07:04 AM
 
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No, an internist does not have more of a critical care focus. I'm a board-certified internist (as well as an infectious diseases subspecialist)...I would hand over critical patients to a critical care specialist.
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Old 09-03-2008, 06:35 PM
 
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I found an internal medicine doctor that takes my insurance. It took a while. Not to mention the hoops I had to jump through to get insurance. I needed to know the difference because I'm 36 and I used to just go get my annual pap smear but now I think I need to find a doctor that can look at more than that.

Basically, After the birth of my daughter 3 years ago (I went in on Aug 14 didn't leave the hospital until Sept 23rd).

(I'm copying this info off of the final report on my medical records that I requested from my old doctor so I can bring to my new doctor) I had severe preeclampsia, speticema, ascites, renal failure due to pre-eclampsia, pleural effusion due to pre-eclampsira and on top of that clostidium difficile toxin. Pleural effusion due to pre-eclampsia and post partum depression. (I don't know what half of those words mean but that's o.k.)

I was part of the less than 1% of the population that got pre-eclampsia after the birth of my daughter. All the rest I consider a nightmare since I almost didn't make it.

With all that I think my best bet would be to see an internist vs. a family doctor. What do you think Viralmd? That's what I'm assuming anyway. I just want to have one doctor for my duration on this earth and not have to go from doctor to doctor. Explaining the huge scar across the center of my stomach, and on my side. I'll bring the medical records that I got from the hospital I was in in CA. to the internest that I found. I think that it's relevant that they have my previous medical nightmare - I mean history.
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Old 09-03-2008, 10:01 PM
 
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Mu hubby is a physician as well and we see an internal med md... We want someone who specializes in adult medicine.
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Old 09-04-2008, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Moon Over Palmettos
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I have never gone to a family practitioner. My husband and I always go to an internist and consider him our primary physician. I have a separate gyn and treat her as a specialist, even if the primary reason I go see her is considered preventive in nature and would be paid by insurance companies at regular (not specialist) rates for these procedures.
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Old 09-04-2008, 06:34 PM
 
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Mu hubby is a physician as well and we see an internal med md... We want someone who specializes in adult medicine.

that's what I used to have-- an internal medicine doc. They are more thorough sometimes but I loved my family doc back in MA. She was awesome. I think I will look for an internal medicine doc instead of a family medicine doc since I am now in Joisey.
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Old 02-17-2012, 03:10 PM
 
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Both are very important providers but sometimes a family practitioner will be more willing to refer you to a specialist in your disease or what he thinks you have right away than an internal specialist. He also has a wider perspective of any other diseases in most age group not to mention his continuing education is more broad in many specialties not only in internal medicine. E.g. in Obstetrics, he may be keeping updated more than an internal medicine and thus if you need to be referred, he will not wait till you are a more serious situation. Amn Internal medicine specialist on the other hand if your condition is already established, sa y as an adult may be more involved with you right away. That is hopefully if it mostly internal medicine situations.
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