General Internal Medicine

Many internists enter into practice following completion of their basic internal medicine training. These physicians practice “general internal medicine” and are commonly referred to as “general internists.” 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.

General internists may practice in a variety of settings. 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.

Some general internists may focus their practice on caring for patients in the hospital setting, and may be referred to as “hospitalists”. The majority of hospitalists in the US are general internists. Still other general internists will combine these facets of care and provide both outpatient and inpatient care for their patients. And other general internists may practice in unique settings such as rehabilitation centers and long-term care facilities, among other clinical settings.

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Procedures Performed:

  • Preventative health visit / annual visit
  • Nutrition, exercise and lifestyle advising
  • Medicare annual visit
  • Hospital follow-up visit
  • Sick visit
  • Pap smear / cervical cancer screening
  • Breast exam
  • Cancer screening
  • Digital rectal exam
  • Joint injection
  • Trigger point injection
  • Skin biopsy / wart treatment
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Pulmonary Function Testings (PFT)
  • Blood draw for all the major lab groups
  • Advanced fluid and blood testing
  • Microscopic sample analysis
  • Vaccines (Influenza, Tetanus, Pneumonia, Shingles)
  • Point-of-care testing for
    • Diabetes (A1c)
    • Urinalysis
    • Strep Throat
    • Pregnancy
    • Influenza (Flu)
    • Stool blood testing

Common Conditions Treated (non-inclusive):

  • Diabetes type 2 or type 1
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol)
  • Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Low testosterone
  • Hormone replacement
  • Anxiety or Depression
  • ADD (attention deficit disorder)
  • Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Joint and back pain
  • Digestive problems (reflux, diarrhea, constipation, hemorrhoids)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Heart disease
  • Headaches / Migraines
  • Memory Loss
  • Skin cancer screening
  • Asthma and COPD
  • Sleep apnea
  • Skin concerns
  • Chronic cough
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Vaginitis
  • Upper respiratory tract infections
  • Pneumonia
  • Red eye
  • Hearing loss
  • Ear infections
  • Allergies
  • Cancer survivorship
  • Tobacco, alcohol or drug addiction
  • Contraception
  • Preconception care
  • Breast mass
  • Testicular concerns
  • Sexually transmitted infections