Internal medicine physicians focus on the ongoing, comprehensive care of people from their late teens through old age. Also called internists, these doctors targeted their education and training to learn how to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases that affect adults, and are board certified in this specialty. As a result, internists have a broad skill set in addressing adult health needs and often serve as the primary care physician solely for adults.
Internal medicine physicians treat the whole adult and address routine conditions, such as a cold or flu, or provide in-depth care for complex diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, or neurological issues. Through their long-term relationship with their patients, they often identity issue before they become serious and can address nearly any medical need.
Due to their extensive training, internists address the general health and wellness needs of their patients and provide preventative care as well.