Q: What is the difference between Internal Medicine and Family Practice?
A: All physicians attend medical school for four years and are exposed to many specialties in that process. Then, most physicians complete a residency to learn their chosen specialty. Internal Medicine physicians do training intensively in hospital medicine, focusing on diagnosis and treatment of diseases of adults. Many internists do additional training to learn more about skin, gynecology, and orthopedics, for instance, that are not specifically addressed during hospital training.
Family Practice physicians, on the other hand, have a broader experience in diagnosis and treating both children and adults, as well as obstetrics. Adolescents are a unique age group who are cared for by a number of specialties including internal medicine, pediatrics, and family practice doctors.
Both Internal Medicine and Family Practice physicians work as primary care physicians.