Internal Medicine - Specialist Visit

This is an office visit with a healthcare provider who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of common and complex illnesses of adults.




This is an office visit with a healthcare provider who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of common and complex illnesses of adults.



This is an office visit with a healthcare provider who is trained in the prevention, diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of diseases in adults. This specialty is known as internal medicine.

  • An internist is a type of primary care doctor trained in the diagnosis and treatment of common and complex illnesses of adults.
  • Internists also provide a variety of preventive services, including wellness visits, health-risk assessments, immunizations and screening tests and counseling on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
  • Some internists specialized in the treatment of older adults.

Internists can further specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of specific illnesses, such as cancer, diabetes, or infections. They can also specialize in the treatment of diseases that affect a specific part of the body, such as the:

  • Digestive system, including the esophagus, stomach, bowels, liver, gallbladder and pancreas
  • Urinary system, including the bladder, ureters and kidneys
  • Respiratory system, including the lungs and trachea
  • Nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, and nerves
  • Female reproductive system, including the ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix and uterus
  • Male reproductive system, including the testicles and prostate
  • Vascular system, including the heart and blood vessels

Internal medicine physicians learn to handle most common medical issues and consult sub-specialists when necessary.

  • Your primary care physician is in the best position to work with you and help you make the best decisions regarding your healthcare.
  • Although a sub-specialist is an expert in their field, you know your preferences and your body better than anyone else.
  • Therefore, make sure you are an active participant in the decisions made about your healthcare. This is known as shared decision-making.

What questions should I ask the specialist?

  • Do I need any special tests? What are the benefits and risks of having the tests?
  • Will the tests change your treatment recommendations? If not, is there a need for them?
  • Can my symptoms be controlled with medications? If so, are there Tier 1 or Tier 2 medications on my Prescription Drug List that I should take?
  • How long will I need to take the medication? What are the side effects of the medications?

Source UHC.com

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