Trauma Survivors Network - provided by ATS

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A Program of the ATS

Internist (Primary Care Physician)

An internist, often called a “primary care doctor,” is a physician who has completed a residency in internal medicine and provides medical care to adults. They have had specialty training focusing on the prevention and treatment of adult diseases and treat the whole person. Internists can choose to focus their practice on general internal medicine or may take additional training to "subspecialize" in an area of internal medicine such as cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, hematology, infectious disease, oncology, nephrology, or pulmonology. Subspecialty training, sometimes called a fellowship, usually requires an additional one to three years beyond the standard three year general internal medicine residency.