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What is the difference between a family/general practice doctor and a doctor who is an internist?

They are both considered primary care physicians. Is an internist more specialized? Thanks!

Asked By: mompeedish - 1/8/2007
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First of all, an internist is NOT someone who specializes in the inside of the body. An internist is a diagnostician. They often have little patient contact, they are sometimes called the "Doctor's doctor" because they are consulted when the primary care physician is stumped. Internist's often specialize in adults... More
Answered By: SarcasticJrk - 1/8/2007
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An internist means she has finished medical school but is still completing her hours necisarry to get her medical degree usually after medical school they spend a few years as an intern and once that is completed they are able to open there own practice and become a general/ family practice dr.
Answered By: chaneltaylor430 - 1/8/2007
 
Yes, an Internist is more specialized. An internist spends more time in residency then a family practice or general practioneer. An internist specializes in Internal Medicine. They are the ones deal with complex disease processes when you are in the hospital. They deal with patients in the intensive care units... More
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Answered By: rntroublemaker - 1/8/2007
 
They are pretty much the same thing. Internist may have a specialty. Like every profession, some have a specialty they prefer to spend their time on and some are more diverse.
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Answered By: Squeegee - 1/8/2007
 
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