How Adult Patients Benefit from Orlando Internal Medicine

One of the most confusing and misunderstood medical designations for patients is the role of the internist. Unfortunately, the title is mistakenly associated with the business world’s concept of an “intern”, who most often is a graduating student seeking some real world experience before embarking on his or her career. An internist, on the other hand, is a highly trained specialist that practices as an internal medicine physician by applying scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and primary care of adult patients across a broad spectrum of complex illnesses and conditions.
In the latter part of the 19th century, there was a growing need to apply medical knowledge to identifying and treating the many diseases that were common to adults. Within a few decades, physicians were also starting to focus on the growing number of childhood illnesses impacting the pediatric patient population. During this important era of medicine, the concept of delivering medical services to the family unit began to take hold. All physicians would receive training in primary care as family physicians, first. As the practice of medicine morphed into today’s level of specialization, the overlapping of patient populations led to additional confusion regarding these doctor-patient relationships.

It is estimated that the typical family practice nowadays has an adult patient load of 85% to 90%. Although the length of post-medical school training remains about the same for both family practitioners and internists, the required training can differ significantly. Internal medicine subspecialties include the application of endocrinology, rheumatology, infectious diseases, geriatrics, non-operative orthopedics, and rehabilitative medicine for the comprehensive care of adult patients. In addition, internal medicine physicians are experienced in hospital-based work and trained to provide both pre-op and post-operative care as a patient’s doctor of record.

Since family medicine education is broader in nature than internal medicine, general practitioners typically adapt their practice to meet the specific needs of the medical community they serve. At Delta Internal Medicine Center, our Orlando internist places emphasis on the continuity of care, health maintenance, disease prevention, management of complex illnesses, wellness programs, and medication management for an adult population only. Many of our downtown Orlando patients now prefer the convenience of our adult practice setting as well as our unique ability to care for the specific needs of today’s adult patient. Contact Delta IMC and schedule an appointment to discuss any healthcare concern that you are experiencing.

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