Friday, Sep 12, 2014
Family medicine and internal medicine have a lot of similarities, but also a lot that separates them into two different fields of medicine.
Family medicine is a medical specialty that provides continuing, comprehensive health care for the individual and family. The scope of family medicine encompasses all ages, both sexes, each organ system and every disease entity from the beginning of life to the end. Family medicine physicians emphasize disease prevention and health promotion, and when referral is indicated, your family medicine doctor remains the coordinator of patient care. Though all family medicine doctors are trained in a breadth of areas, they may choose to concentrate on a few including adult medicine, pediatrics, maternity care, gynecology, care of the surgical patient, musculoskeletal and sports medicine, emergency care, mental health, community medicine, skin, diagnostic imaging and nuclear medicine, and management of health systems. Click here to learn more about Harbin Clinic's Family Medicine physicians.
Internal medicine is a medical specialty comprised of physicians trained in adult medicine. They provide comprehensive acute and chronic care to adolescents, adults, and the elderly. This includes women’s healthcare, depression, and anxiety. The internist is not trained in maternity care, though he is trained in office gynecology. They also do not treat pediatric patients or infants, though they may see older adolescents. Additional areas they are trained in includes psychiatry, dermatology, ophthalmology, office gynecology, palliative medicine and rehabilitation medicine. Like family medicine physicians, the internist may provide care to adults broadly or narrowly. Click here to learn more about Harbin Clinic's Internal Medicine physicians.