I am an E R Internist   33 comments

Internal Medicine deals with treatment, diagnoses and prevention of the diseases associated especially with adults. The doctors who are specialist in Internal Medicine are called an internist. So the question arises that what is Internal Medicine actually and why is it different from regular medical treatment. The answer lies in the fact that the internists are experts in solving the complex health impairment. They have relatively more experience in treating adult problems, have huge exposure to dedicated training and have the ability to deal even with the most complex health problems. Their specialty lies in treating the most complicated internal organs including, brain, heart, liver, nervous system, etc.

After gaining the basic medical education in the University, which may go up to 8 years, the fresh medical graduate is subjected to additional training. This supervised training which lets them know what is Internal Medicine, and it generally takes a period of 5 years. Then the Internal Medicine physician begins the clinical practice in hospitals where they are responsible for caring the patient with puzzling health problem. All this is done under the supervision of a senior Professor who guides them through the process of comprehending complex medical disorders and the approach towards their treatment. After gaining enough knowledge and hands on experience, the students of Internal Medicine are granted a registration, based on which they can start their practice individually. Majority of the Internal Medicine physician choose to continue their practice in hospitals only, while others may set up their own clinic to treat their patients. The service of an Internal Medicine physician is specifically dedicated to the adults because they are more susceptible to complex health hazards rather than children.

Internal Medicine Definition: We live because patients live, and each patient comes across to sharpen our medical skills. Internal Medicine physician diagnoses and supervises the medical action of adults. This comprises the diagnosis, action and prevention of diseases and sickness. Internal Medicine physicians get the role of individual doctors and frequently establish connection with their patients when their care is long-term. Internal Medicine physician has to complete a smallest amount of 7 years of training to achieve an MD scale. Then, the doctor has to train for another 3 extra years in Internal Medicine. This teaching teaches Internal Medicine physician diagnosis, treatment and analysis and of adult sickness. An Internal Medicine physician has to pass the Internal Medicine Board Certification test to achieve licensing and documentation. This might take almost twelve plus years to end his studies plus 2 to 3 years of mandatory teaching in the University hospital.

Medical branch have specialties and Internal Medicine is no exception to it. Few of the common subspecialties are:

Medical Oncology which is related to chemical treatment of cancer

Infectious disease dealing with diseases caused by bacteria, virus, etc.

Gastroenterology deals with diseases of digestive system.

Cardiology related to diagnosis and cure of heart disease.

Pulmonology is associated with diagnosis treatment of respiratory system including lungs.

By now, you have fair idea to describe what Internal Medicine is and why regular doctors and general physicians are different from internists. They are specialized in solving even the most convoluted medical abnormality that falls in their area of specialty. They are sometimes called doctor of doctors because sometimes they perform the role of consultants to other physicians and doctors.

Internal Medicine versus Family Practice: A lot of people confuse and interchange the terms Internal Medicine versus Family Practice. Patients sometimes also get confused to which doctor they should go for a check-up. Should they go to a family practitioner or an internist? The answer is, it depends.

There is a very large difference between Internal Medicine versus Family Medicine; however, the field of Internal Medicine and Family Medicine can overlap. A doctor who specializes in Family Medicine has a different practice than a doctor who specializes in Internal Medicine. A doctor who is in Family Medicine provides a range of services. This includes Obstetrics, Basic Gynecological Care, Preventive Care and Pediatric Care. The training of Family Medicine is divided between Pediatric Medicine and Adult Medicine as a Family Physician has to deal with both. On the other hand, a doctor who specializes in Internal Medicine deals with adult diseases only. Their services are limited for adults, although there may be special circumstances that Internal Medicine doctors are consulted in a pediatric case. However, these do not generally happen often as Pediatric Medicine is itself a specialty. The doctors, who specialize in Internal Medicine deal with more complex and chronic illnesses of adults. Illnesses like hypertension, diabetes, renal failure, asthma and heart failure are just a few among many. What Internal Medicine physician deals with are myriad of chronic and complex illnesses that can develop in the bodies of adults. Unlike Family Medicine, Internal Medicine has 13 subcategories of specialization. Examples include Cardiology, Nephrology, Rheumatology and Oncology. Residents of Internal Medicine need to work in specialization for another 2-3 years aside from the 3-year residency of the doctorate program. If an adult patient would be divided on which doctor to have his regular check-up, he does not need to worry or need to get confused. He can have a check-up with either a Family Practitioner or an Internal Medicine physician. If a case is too complex for a Family Practitioner to handle, he can usually refer the patient to an Internal Medicine physician. In this way, they can manage and work on the case together. It is not uncommon for Internal Medicine physician to be asked to consult on complex cases as these are generally the areas which they have specialized in. An Internal Medicine physician can also refer other cases to other doctors of different specialties when needed. Like if a patient needs surgery, then an Internal Medicine physician can ask the consult of a surgeon.


Posted May 9, 2012 by dranilj1

33 responses to “I am an E R Internist

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  1. Hi ! I have nominated you for a new award!! Follow this link to see it!
    Thank you for all you do!

  2. Hi

    I would like to invite you to join http://damnitsawesome.com
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    • Sir:

      I would very much like to contribute to http://damnitsawesome.com. I visited your web page. As you say, it is a community of bloggers who write about Architecture, Fashion, Photography, Automobiles and much more. My area of expertise is Internal Medicine with super speciality in Emergency Medicine. Blogging is a hobby and rehearsal exercise for my presentation of dissertation to Harvard Medical School, 25 Shattuck Street, Boston, MA 02115. If you kindly elaborate on theme that you deem me capable of contributing, I thankfully will do justice to my responsibility.


      Anil Jain

  3. You have a wonderful gift with your photos of expressing beyond words. I think that’s an important part of your purpose in this life… to connect or “re”-connect others back to the Earth by speaking to them in places which don’t have words. As far as your beliefs & non-philosophy ;-)… I’d have to agree with the simplicity of that. The medical field can be a wonderful tool for mankind but as a shaman & healer, I believe it’s essential that doctors work to heal the cause by taking into account ALL levels of the human form… physical, spiritual, mental & physical. From what I gather from your posts, you practice from that viewpoint in some way. There are so many ways to get to the same thing & different things resonate with different people but at the end of the day, to me it’s an “inside job” (microcosm) first & from there it connects with the collective (macrocosm). Reality in the human is simply perspective. Thank you for sharing! Namaste’

  4. Just finished reading your latest post and could not find where to comment–Just wanted to say thank you

  5. Very honest and therefore……. unique !

  6. Please, feel free and do not hesitate to touch base in ways you are convenient with.

  7. Thank you for following me! such an honor! you have a very nice blog! God bless 🙂

  8. Thank you for reading Autumn Rose on 20 Lines. Hope you will pop in and see me at my blog too. Very interesting here, but can’t look at the image at the top of this page (have migraine) without feeling ill!

  9. Dear Kerri Jones:

    To me, Women Are Equally Amazing! Look at their smiles, their shimmering hair in the summer sun, and the sparkle in their eyes. Yep, women are pretty amazing creation of God! It’s truly a shame that so many of them are made to feel lesser than they are, inferior in some way or another. They have mental blocks that say things like “Have you looked at yourself?” or “You’re fat.” or “You’re ugly.” or “You’re stupid.” or “You can’t possibly succeed,” and any other self-defeating thing you can likely think of. It’s a shame that human understanding is so small, after how long we’ve been here.

  10. I’ve scrolled through some amazing photographs on your blog. Looking at them caused me to think about how amazingly beautiful and diverse the earth is with all its wonders. Nice.

  11. hats off ….. that what i believe in …. this is the right way to lead a full life ,,, or let’s say live life fully… and get the best of it. allow me to follow..

  12. seems you sure know how to live life

  13. Hi friend !! , an award for you.http://csd5.wordpress.com/2012/09/01/my-one-lovely-blog-award/
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    • *Hi Cynthia:*

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      *Cynthia, your feelings are riches. Thank You for awarding my-one-lovely-blog-award. Cynthia, I love Life Is Mysterious to be devoid of any ornaments, but just simple, honest launch pad of reverenced Kirpal Singhs mission: To fill the human heart with compassion, mercy and universal love, which should radiate to all countries, nations and peoples of the world. To make a true religion of the heart as the ruling factor in one’s life. To enable each one to love God, love all, serve all, and have respect for all, as God is immanent in all forms. My goal is that of oneness. I spread the message of oneness in life and living. This is the way to peace on earth. This is the mission of my life, and I pray that it may be fulfilled.” I believe you understand me Cynthia.*

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      *ANIL JAIN*

  14. Hi!!! thanks for visiting my blog, your blog is one of the most beautiful blogs I have seen, will follow you to keep in touch and visit this beautiful place frequently.

    • Thank you sooooooooooo much for sharing your blog with me! I acquire ecstasy when any of the WordPress Community visits the blog. I am grateful to Señora Cynthia being here. Please feel free and at ease; higher than that we all belong to the Family of WordPress.

  15. and a special thanks for following me. It is a great honor to have you aboard. Hope you will explore previous posts and perhaps find some small thing to inspire or assist you in some small way along your own life’s journey. You might also enjoy my India Journal blog where I write every year when I am in India. Years of stories and photos which you might find interesting. http://janesindiajournals.wordpress.com
    much love light and JOY to you

    • Learn to feel yourself in other bodies, to know that we are all one. Throw all other nonsense to the winds. Spit out your actions, good or bad, and never think of them again. What is done is done. Throw off superstition. Have no weakness even in the face of death. Be free…Good Luck Jane

      . http://janesindiajournals.wordpress.com gives incredible feel within the mind of luminosity and exquisiteness… Thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as I have voice!

    • it is my honor to have been brought to you by the Universe….I love your comments above…especially “Spit out your actions, good or bad, and never think of them again. What is done is done”. so much wisdom in so few words….thank you for sharing
      with much love light and JOY in each and every moment of your life

  16. thanks for your recent like. You are lucky to be able to study, reflect and practice Vedanta on a regular basis. Now I see more easily where your inspirations come from. thanks for sharing
    with love light and JOY

  17. Thank you, nishanil, for visiting, following and commenting at “sanctumofmytemple” warmly welcome and appreciated. 🙂

  18. Thanks for coming by.

  19. nishanil very nice to meet you

    David in Maine USA

  20. Hi thanks for dropping by postaldeliveries – I just read your Role Of Instinct And Sensation In Creative Thinking, not sure I agree with it all but it was a very interesting read.
    PS nice photos

  21. My thoughts and insights emerge from the discussions, study, reflection, and practice of Vedanta in the spiritual community of the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society in Boston, USA, which is a branch of the Ramakrishna Order.

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