When physicians graduate from medical school, they can choose to go directly into practice or continue their medical education to become certified specialists in one of many fields. Internal medicine, one such field, is a specialty that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses in adults. Physicians who undergo such specialization are often referred to as internists.
To become an internist, physicians must complete their residency in general internal medicine. If they choose, they then can pursue an internal medicine subspecialization.
Internists address a wide variety of diseases ranging in complexity and severity. Internists who practice in a hospital setting are called hospitalists.
About the Author:
A specialist in internal medicine, Dr. Abhishek Kapila treats patients through EmCare in Frankfort, Kentucky. Dr. Abhishek Kapila completed his residency in internal medicine at the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University.