What is Internal Medicine?
Internal Medicine is a specialty which is often confused with Family Medicine. This is because both specializations may be Primary Care Providers. At Kymera, we refer to Family Medicine Physicians as Primary Care, but really either specialization may be your PCP of choice.
To better understand the Internal Medicine Physician, it helps to discuss the two specialities as they developed over time.
Starting in the late 1800s, the field of medicine began to take a decidedly scientific approach to healing people. Physicians began to seek to better understand the internal workings of the human body and the diseases which afflict people. Thus, Internal Medicine began, but before long, another specialization appeared.
By the early 1900s, some physicians specialized in understanding diseases and conditions specific to children. This became known as Pediatrics. During much of the 20th Century, these two specializations were the primary care physicians. Also during this time, many additional specializations arose to treat specific conditions such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and more.
Yet, each of these specializations treated individuals. By the 1960s, a move toward a more social approach took place. Instead of treating each patient as an individual apart from all others, Family Medicine Physicians treat the entire family as a unit.
For persons without children or spouses, Internal Medicine clearly is the best approach. For others who prefer to have their own doctor apart from the other members in their family, Internal Medicine is also preferred. Of course, there are often other reasons to choose an Internist over a Family doctor.
Why Some Choose an Internist for their Primary Care Physician
One key difference between the two types of primary care physicians are the direction their studies take. Internists are trained in managing the diseases common to adults. Internists often pursue additional specializations such as Endocrinology, Neurology, Infectious diseases, and Rheumatology. Too, during their training, most are required to learn about additional specialities such as
- palliative medicine
- sleep medicine
- and more
This broad training which relates primarily to adult patients often make Internal Medicine Physicians the PCP of choice for many patients.
Another key difference lay in the different approaches to acute and chronic illnesses. Because Internists have additional training in various specializations which often result in acute and chonic conditions, they are in the best position to help sufferers. Often, such conditions strongly effect daily living and having a PCP who can help manage the condition is a valuable resource. The Internal Medicine Provider is the ideal choice for such conditions.
Meet Our Internal Medicine Providers
Marium Khan, MD
Carlos Revelo, MD
A Word from Our Internal Medicine Department
At Kymera Independent Physicians, we pride ourselves on advanced, compassionate care and treatments. We hope we have been able to answer many of your questions about Internal Medicine in general.
If you are a patient or considering becoming a patient know that we are happy to answer all your questions to your satisfaction. We know that choosing a new PCP can seem daunting. But you should know that we are here for you. If you have any questions related to whether you would be best served by an Internist or a Family Physician, we will be happy to help.
For more than two decades, we have been helping patients from all over Southeastern New Mexico with their primary care needs.
With convenient locations in Roswell, Hobbs, and Carlsbad, Kymera delivers a better healthcare experience.
Get in touch today for help in choosing your Primary Care Physician, whether an Internal Medicine Practitioner or a Family Medicine Doctor.
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