In contrast to Family Medicine, which deals with family health care, Internal Medicine focuses on adult health care. Doctors in this specialty call themselves internists, general internists or doctors of internal medicine.
Affinity Internal Medicine
Affinity’s board-certified doctors of internal medicine are primary care doctors who can diagnose, treat and manage almost any ailment. They specialize in putting together the pieces of a diagnostic puzzle, especially in situations where multiple symptoms may or may not relate to each other. Affinity doctors who specialize in internal medicine treat the whole body, not just internal organs, and often help other doctors with difficult diagnoses.
Affinity doctors of internal medicine are experts at listening to your description of symptoms, even if vague, and spotting subtle physical signs of disease. They may also order diagnostic tests including blood tests, medical imaging, X-ray and other screening tests.
If you do not have a primary care doctor, call Affinity NurseDirect at 1-800-362-9900 and we will help you choose one.
Why See an Internist?
Adults see doctors of internal medicine for many reasons, but some of the most common include:
• health screenings and annual physical exam
• disease diagnosis and treatment
• health screening such as colon cancer screening and blood pressure tests
• women’s health, including mammograms and Pap smears
• substance abuse
• mental health
• common illnesses and injuries affecting any part of the body