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      Whats the difference b/w Family Practice, General Practice and Internal Medicine? If I were to go for a routine physical exam, which kind of doctor am I to select?
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      WHen it comes down to it, there really isnt much difference between the three. Family practice will provide for any age (including infant well-care), General practice (generally) means adults only and internist means that they do all types of medicine but focus on the internal organs and how they're functioning (ie., heart, liver, kidneys, lungs, etc). Each of the 3 can and do perform routine physicals but your best bet is to choose a doc that you like or has been recommended to you, no matter which of the 3 above specialties they advertise.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Mamaof3
      WHen it comes down to it, there really isnt much difference between the three. Family practice will provide for any age (including infant well-care), General practice (generally) means adults only and internist means that they do all types of medicine but focus on the internal organs and how they're functioning (ie., heart, liver, kidneys, lungs, etc). Each of the 3 can and do perform routine physicals but your best bet is to choose a doc that you like or has been recommended to you, no matter which of the 3 above specialties they advertise.
      Thanks for the advice. I don't know many people around here. Didn't like one doctor that was recommended to me. So lets say, if I were to pick one on my own, my best bet is to pick an internist (internal medicine) because this is an specialization in addition to the residency I guess?
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      Asif, Family Medicine docs and Internal Medicine docs both go through residency. Family medicine does very basic healthcare... they're almost like a help desk, they try to do routine maintenance on you, if you have a minor problem or any problem you go to them and then if they can't handle it, they refer you to a specialist.

      Internal medicine docs do much of the same, however they do more inpatient stuff, this is where family med docs are different. They do mostly outpatient/clinic stuff and while Internal medicine docs do have clinic hours, they mostly take care of inpatients. After internal medicine residency, the doc can do a fellowship in a number of things like nephrology, gastroenterology, cardiology, urology, pulmonology, endocrinology, etc. Internal medicine docs are usually in a hospital environment, not a clinical environment. Internal med docs are called upon by other departments for consults, for instance, if someone presents to the ED with pain in their lungs, the ED might call for an Internal medicine consult.

      General practice is a term used in Pakistan/India, I have never seen a 'general practice' here in the US. Usually here they have a family med clinic or you can be referred to an internal med specialist.

      I would start with a family med doc.

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      If you got lots of problems, go for an internist. You'll get sent there anyway. Might as well short cut it.
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