As an adult, it is important to work with an Internist that can coordinate your medical care. Similar to how a pediatrician is the first stop for a child’s sick and well visits, an Internist should be your first stop for annual physicals and when you aren’t feeling well. They specialize in working with adults, diagnosing and treating common health issues and complex disease. When a specialist is needed, they will know who to send you to for additional treatments.
When you’re sick, you have a choice of going to the local urgent care, your family doctor, or an Internist. The problem with visiting an urgent care is that they are only able to treat your current symptoms. The doctor won’t know about your past medical history or see you in the future in order to tell if a pattern is developing. A family doctor is better than urgent care, yet they treat patients of all ages and do not specialize in adult care like an Internist does. By visiting an Internist instead, you will be able to receive more well-rounded and thorough care. They can evaluate all of your health conditions, see how things are working together, and determine what may be causing the problem beyond treating the obvious symptoms.
Similarly, it is important to visit an Internist first rather than going directly to a specialist. For example, would you take your kid to a chiropractor after an accident or to a pediatrician? As an adult, would you go to a chiropractor or an internist after an accident? By visiting an Internist first, they will be able to evaluate all areas of the body to ensure that every condition is treated, rather than focusing on an isolated area.
The American Board of Internal Medicine certifies Internists after they have undergone their medical education, met additional training requirements, met specific license and insurance requirements, and pass an ABIM certification exam. An Internist must spend at least three of their seven years of medical school and postgraduate training learning how to diagnose, prevent, and treat diseases that impact adults. Other doctors will often consult with them on complex cases since they specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of diseases. As a patient, it can be frustrating to visit a local doctor only to have them not know what is wrong with you. When you feel sick, you want someone to listen and to provide a solution. An Internist will do exactly that. They are able to dive into complex medical cases and identify what is causing the problem so that treatment can begin. In fact, they are known as puzzle solving doctors because they will dissect and analyze the problem until they fit the pieces together, and their patient starts to regain their health.
Internist pride themselves in treating a patient for life and by doing so are able to offer a holistic approach to health care. This can create long term benefits for patients due to the continuity of care. Dr. Robert Dean is a renowned Internist that has treated patients throughout the world. Call today and schedule an appointment to experience the difference an Internist can make in your health.