Medical Specialist: Internal Medicine
After a doctor completes medical school and is licensed to practice medicine, the physician may pursue a rigorous 3 year training program in In...

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Medical Specialist: Internal Medicine

After a doctor completes medical school and is licensed to practice medicine, the physician may pursue a rigorous 3 year training program in Internal Medicine. After passing an examination and completing the requirements, the doctor is eligible to become Board Certified in Internal Medicine. An internal medicine specialist is also called an Internist. This is different from an intern, who is a doctor that has completed medical school and is in his or her first year of post-graduate medical training. Internists are sometimes primary care doctors that are experts in managing complex diseases. Internal medicine specialists are experts in diagnosis and managing the care of patients with chronic diseases and those with multiple diagnoses. Doctors who specialize in the care of hospitalized patients are known as hospitalists.

Associated Diseases

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Depression
  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Diabetes
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep apnea
  • Obesity
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Headaches
  • End-of-life care
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Migraine headaches
  • Insomnia
  • GERD
  • Menopause
  • Osteoporosis
  • Adult immunization
  • Travel medicine and immunization

Reference:

American College of Physicians, 2008.

Written by: JC Jones MA, RN
Last Updated: February 20, 2008
Published By: Healthline Networks Inc.
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