Everything You Need to Know About Internal Medicine a.k.a. General Physicians
About Internal Medicine
Internal medicine is a specialty that covers a wide range of conditions that are affecting the internal organs of the human body; these include the lungs, heart, liver, gastrointestinal tract, urinary tract, kidneys, brain, spinal cord, nerves, joints, and muscles. It is all about the internal medicine diseases that specifically affect individual organs, but a majority of these diseases may affect internal organs as well, like arteriosclerosis, diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer. So, internal medicine specialists or general physicians are trained to recognize, manage, and treat a broad range of internal medicine diseases and many patients with chronic and multiple disorders.
The Focus of Internal Medicine
Internal medicine focuses on:-
In addition, a general physician can also order the following lab investigations:-
Who are Internal Medicine Specialists or General Physicians?
They focus on the care and diagnostics of adults across the spectrum of health to complex illness. They are well trained in diagnosing medical problems, chronic illnesses, and in caring for patients with more than one disease. An internal medicine specialist or general physician also specializes in health promotion and prevention of internal medicine diseases. In their daily routine, they see patients with conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and infectious diseases (dengue, malaria). He/she may work closely with doctors in other fields of medicine to consult on a patient in order to provide them the best medical care possible.
When to visit a General Physician?
You should see a general physician if:-
These are just a few reasons to visit an internal medicine doctor. It is better to go in for a routine health checkup and screening to identify early warning signs before they go from bad to worse. Having a qualified doctor to oversee your health can one day save your life. It is in your best interest to have an internal medicine doctor near you who knows your medical history and understands your needs and treatment methods.
What are the Diseases Treated By General Physician?
What are the Common Procedures Performed By General Physician?
Journey to Become an Internal Medicine Doctor
To become a qualified and certified general physician, a doctor must receive five & a half years of training in M.B.B.S from a medical college. After graduation, the journey embarks an important phase of post-graduation in internal medicine which is for three years. To further enhance their skills, they can pursue fellowship courses in critical care medicine, diabetes management, and rheumatology.
Dr. Divaanshu Gupta
Dr. Divaanshu Gupta is a cardiac anaesthesiologist in Manipal Hospital, Jaipur. He has done his M.B.B.S. as well as M.D. Anaesthesia from S.M.S. Medical College. He has a vast experience of working in various critical care units of government as well as corporate hospitals.