An Internist is a personal physician who provides long-term, comprehensive care in the office and in the hospital, managing both common and complex illnesses of adolescents, adults and the elderly. Internists are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, infections and diseases affecting the heart, blood, kidneys, joints and the digestive, respiratory and vascular systems. They are also trained in the essentials of primary care internal medicine, which incorporates an understanding of disease prevention, wellness, substance abuse, mental health and effective treatment of common problems of the eyes, ears, skin, nervous system and reproductive organs.
Hospitalists serve as the patient's primary care physician while they are in the hospital so their care is coordinated through one physician. We work very closely with the patient, his or her family, the patient's primary care physician and any other specialist who may be part of their treatment plan so everyone knows and understands what the care plan is.
American Board of Internal Medicine