Finding the right doctor can help you lead a healthier, happier life. Internal medicine doctors, or internists, are primary care physicians (PCPs) committed to serving as long-term health partners for you. Internists focus on preventing, diagnosing and treating disorders—particularly those that affect internal systems.
Your internist can help you make lifestyle changes that will improve your overall health. Internists offer an extensive range of nonsurgical medical services including:
- Preventive care
- Physical exams and evaluations
- Management of chronic conditions like arthritis, diabetes and hypertension
- Management of complex disorders in people who have multiple conditions
- Treatment of infectious diseases such as flu and hepatitis
- Geriatric care
In addition to providing long-term care, many internists have additional training in subspecialties such as gastroenterology and rheumatology. Some internists also offer an innovative new care model called shared medical appointments. Organized around conditions like diabetes or kidney disease, these groups offer the opportunity to get support from people going through similar health challenges while receiving medical advice at the same time.