Internal medicine refers to a type of primary (i.e., non-emergency) medical care that is devoted to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illnesses in adults – typically those ages 18 and older. Board-certified internal medicine physicians specialize in wellness and preventive health, diagnostic dilemmas, chronic disorders and complex health conditions, infectious diseases, travel medicine and elder care.
AdventHealth’s internal medicine providers are dedicated to providing adult patients with individualized attention, along with convenient, trusted primary health services. Our focus is on whole-person care that addresses not only the physical, but also the emotional and spiritual wellbeing of every patient.
Internal medicine physicians are sometimes referred to as the "doctor's doctor," because they are often called upon to act as consultants to other physicians to help solve challenging diagnostic problems. At least three of their seven or more years of medical school and postgraduate training are dedicated to learning how to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases that affect adults. Unlike family practitioners or general practitioners, their training is solely concentrated on adults.
While internal medicine physicians may sometimes be called "internists," "general internists" and "doctors of internal medicine,” they are in no way associated with “interns,” which are doctors in their first year of residency training.
At AdventHealth Medical Group, your internal medicine physician can provide
Expertise in common general medical conditions as well as in each of the internal medicine subspecialties such as endocrinology, rheumatology, infectious diseases and neurology
Knowledge of psychiatry, dermatology, ophthalmology, office gynecology, otolaryngology, non-operative orthopedics, palliative medicine, sleep medicine, geriatrics and rehabilitative medicine that allows him/her to provide comprehensive treatment for adults
Expertise in treating complications stemming from various conditions
Preventive care including cancer screenings
A continuum of care from age 18 throughout adulthood