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Internal Medicine Definitions
The medical specialty concerned with the diagnosis, management and non-surgical treatment of unusual or serious diseases, with an emphasis on internal structures. These physicians are often called Internists.
General Internal Medicine
Internists diagnose and treat illnesses that unexpectedly arise, chronic illnesses, and help patients understand preventative medicines, men's and women's health, and common problems of the eyes, ears, skin, nervous system and reproductive organs. Some patients refer to General Internal Medicine physicians as their primary care physicians.
Concierge Medicine is also known as "Direct Care." Concierge Medicine physicians are primary care physicians and his patients who each pay an annual fee or retainer. This may or may not be in addition to other charges. In exchange for the retainer, doctors provide enhanced care and availability. Other terms in use include boutique medicine, retainer-based medicine, and innovative medical practice design. Concierge physicians care for fewer patients than in a conventional practice, ranging from 100 patients per doctor to 1,000, instead of the 3,000 to 4,000 that the average physician now sees every year.
Critical Care Medicing (Int Med)
CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE (INT MED)
Endocrinology is a field in medicine concerned with the study of the biosynthesis, storage, chemistry, and physiological function of hormones and with the cells of the endocrine glands and tissues that secrete them. Physicians practicing in this field are endocrinologists.
Gastroenterology is the branch of medicine concerned with the digestive system and its disorders. Physicians practicing in this field of medicine are called gastroenterologists.
The Geriatrics branch of medicine focuses on health care of the elderly. Geriatrics focuses on typical health problems of older adults by promoting health, preventing and treating diseases and disabilities. There is no set age at which patients may be under the care of a geriatrician.
Hematology (Int Med)
HEMATOLOGY (INT MED)
Hypertension (Int Med)
HYPERTENSION (INT MED)
Infectious Disease is the specialty that focuses on infectious pathologies, which are usually qualified as contagious diseases (also called communicable diseases) due to their potential of transmission from one person or species to another. Transmission of an infectious disease may occur through one or more of diverse pathways including physical contact with infected individuals. These infecting agents may also be transmitted through liquids, food, body fluids, contaminated objects, airborne inhalation, or through vector-borne spread.
Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
PULMONARY CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE
Pulmonology is the specialty that deals with diseases of the lungs and the respiratory tract. It is called chest medicine and respiratory medicine in some countries and areas. Physicians specializing in this area are called Pulmonologists.
Rheumatology is the specialty that deals mainly with clinical problems involving joints, soft tissues and the allied conditions of connective tissues. Physicians practicing this specialty are called Rheumatologists.