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Internal Medicine/General & Family Practice

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by medical22, Aug 20, 2002.

  1. medical22

    medical22 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 15, 2001
    What exactly is internal medicine? How does it differ from being a general practitioner? Is family practice, general practice, and primary care the same things?
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  3. ckent

    ckent Banned Banned

    Jul 31, 2000
    Internal medicine: Adult (>18) medicine. Internists can subspecialize and become Cardiologists, endocrinologists, gastroenterologists, etc. No OB. Considered more academic.
    Family medicine: All ages, can also include OB work. Cannot subspecialize. Generally, considered less "academic".
  4. Bikini Princess

    Bikini Princess 7+ Year Member

    May 26, 2002
    internal medicine (often just called "medicine") is thought of as more scientific than family practice; often people choose to specialize after their IM residency. Of all the residences, i understand that internal medicine is probably the most comphrensive. That is, it trains you & gives a clinical understanding of almost all the body systems in detail, as opposed to, for example, opthamology, which focuses mainly on the eye. There are likely some people who would probably say it's the closest thing to being a "real" doctor.

    Some would say that family practice, peds, and ob/gyn also give u an in-depth understanding of all the body systems, I don't want to slight these people. All of the primary care fields have some training somewhat similiar to internal medicine. I will say that internal medicine residencies are somewhat more competitive than family practice, especially at places like mass general.
  5. secretstang19

    secretstang19 Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 1, 2002
    Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that a "primary care" physician must do a residency in one of three things: internal medicine, pediatrics, or family medicine.

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