Internal medicine refers to a branch of medical sciences which is concerned with the scientific knowledge and expertise of diagnosis, care, prevention and treatment of adults across the spectrum from simple to complex illnesses. This area of medicine requires the services of an internist, specialists or physicians who specialize in internal medicine. The goal of Internal Medicine is to care for adults using the best medical science available and establishing meaningful, thoughtful doctor-patient relationships. This was exemplified in the life and work of the founding father of internal medicine in the United States, Sir William Osler.
About three out of the seven required years used in studying medicine is channeled into the care, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases that pertain to adults only. This training qualifies the medical practitioners to be able to practice the art of internal medicine; these doctors of internal medicine are also known as Internists. This name should however not be mistaken for “interns” who are medical doctors in their first year of residency training. You may also likely hear people referring to physicians of internal medicine as the “doctor’s doctor”. This is mainly because they are often requested to serve as consultants to other physicians when they need help in solving problems that have to do with a medical diagnosis.
Most internists enter into practice after the completion of their basic internal medicine training. They practice what is known and referred to as “general internal medicine” and they are commonly addressed as “general internists”. This group of physicians has been equipped to handle the comprehensive and wide spectrum of illnesses that are common among adults and they are recognized as experts in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases and in the promotion of health and diseases prevention and control.
These physicians are not limited to a single part of medical problem or organ system as they have been empowered to deal with whatever problem a patient presents to them. It doesn’t matter how common or rare that condition may be. These physicians have passed through a series of training which enables them to solve any diagnostic problem, handle any severe chronic illnesses and situations which may appear difficult for other physicians.
Internists can specialize in one a specific aspects of internal medicine. This subspecialty training, also known as a fellowship, requires an additional one to three years beyond the basic three-year internal medicine residency. The Internists who have completed the training are addressed according to their sub-specialty for example, cardiologists are internist who specializes in heart conditions.
What Does FACP Mean?
You are likely to see the acronym FACP after the name of an internist. FACP simply stands for Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP), which is the largest society of internist in the world. Physicians who bear the title FACP are a distinguished group of physicians who are committed to education in medical practice, research, and teaching.
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