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.Originally posted by medical22
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?