How to choose your PCP?

Family practice physician vs Internal medicine?

What’s the difference between primary care and Internal medicine?

Well, it’s pretty significant both in the training and the clinical approach.  

Both fields deal with common general medical conditions, but Internal Medicine includes significant experience in each of the internal medicine subspecialties (such as endocrinology, rheumatology, and infectious diseases) and neurology. Internists gain adequate experience in psychiatry, dermatology, ophthalmology, office gynecology, otorhinolaryngology, non-operative orthopedics, palliative medicine, sleep medicine, geriatrics, and rehabilitation medicine to comprehensively care for adults. 

Internal medicine training also takes place in both outpatient and inpatient settings. 

All trainees are required to have a longitudinal outpatient continuity clinic experience developing continuous, long-term therapeutic relationships with a panel of general medicine patients. Training also involves working with outpatients during the course of their subspecialty clinical rotations. 

At least one year of internal medicine training involves caring for hospitalized patients in intensive/critical care settings.  For more information, please see below link: Internal Medicine Vs Family Practice

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