What is Internal Medicine?
Internal medicine covers a wide range of conditions that affect the internal organs of the human body – including the heart, lungs, liver, gastro-intestinal tract, kidneys, urinary tract, brain, spinal column, nerves, muscles and joints. Physicians who practice Internal Medicine are often referred to as Internists.
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Internists must be trained to recognize a vast range of diseases and chronic disorders. Internists apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to diagnose, treat and provide comprehensive care to patients. Internists are trained to provide long-term comprehensive care in office and in a hospital. They both diagnose and provide treatment for cancer, infections, and diseases affecting the kidneys, joints, heart, and blood. They are also trained to provide care for patients experiencing issues with the digestive, respiratory and vascular systems.
An Internal Medical practitioner’s primary responsibilities include helping patients maintain good health, provide disease screening and to diagnose chronic medical conditions. In the U.S. there are two organizations that provide certification of specialists within the field of Internal Medicine. They are the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine. There are many subspecialties within internal medicine including:
- Cardiology-cardiac care for patients with co-existing heart diseases, and cardiovascular
- complications of cancer and its therapies
- Endocrinology – addresses malignant or benign endocrine tumors, thyroid cancer, endocrine
- complications from cancer, general endocrine disorders and more
- Gastroenterology – addresses diseases that affect te gastrointestinal tract which includes organs
- from mouth to the anus
- Hematology – branch of medicine that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of
- diseases related to the blood
- Infectious disease
- Medical oncology – the diagnosis of any human cancer. Therapies include surgery,
- chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and other modalities
- Pulmonology – branch of medicine focusing on diseases involving the respiratory tract
- And more
Internists primarily focus on adults, adolescents and the elderly. Specialists in internal medicine complete a 3-year residency. Subspecialists are required to complete the 3-year residency, and a 2 to 3 year fellowship in the area of interest.
Treatments & Therapies
Internists are trained to treat the whole patient, and equipped with the ability to solve complex diagnostic problems. When several illnesses strike at once, internists can help by providing care and knowledge. Internal medicine physicians use a combination of treatments and therapies to address a wide range of diseases and illnesses. Physicians will use diagnostic tools, tests and surgery to treat patients with everything from heart disease to blood disorders.
Internal Medicine at Dayton Dandes Medical Center
At Dayton Dandes Medical Center our physicians are trained in Internal Medicine. Conventional medicine and alternative techniques are used to treat the whole patient, not just the disease. Patients are often treated at our modern medical facility where patients are made to feel comfortable. Our doctors build a relationship with patients to make the healing process as convenient and stress free as possible. We offer several alternative therapies used to address the effects of cancer and to promote wellness like Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT). Browse our services and therapies online, and contact us to learn more or schedule an appointment today.