When a person decides to get into medicine, they will eventually have to decide what field of medicine they will practice. Each field of medicine has its own benefits, as well as its own unique set of challenges.
Internal medicine requires a doctor to be able to treat a wide range of adult patients in a compassionate and understanding way. They use the scientific knowledge and know-how that they have accumulated through seven years of medical school plus postgraduate training. Their goal is to treat, prevent and diagnose diseases that affect the adult population.
Many will refer to doctors who perform internal medicine as a doctor’s doctor. This is because internists are often called by physicians when they are dealing with challenging or complex diagnostic problems.
While doctors of internal medicine have a firm grasp on all medical issues, they will usually serve as a primary care physician and not as a family physician or as a general practitioner. Their training is to solely diagnose or treat medical issues that arise in adults. They do not focus on pediatric care or on the care of elderly individuals.
Doctors of internal medicine are recognized the world over as diagnosis experts. When there is a chronic illness or disease that is affecting the general adult population, they are the ones who are called to help identify the problem and create a viable cure.
Doctors of internal medicine do not just focus on one problem, nor do they study just one organ or one bodily system. Doctors of internal medicine will usually work with their patients for the whole of their adult life. This means that as physicians, they have the unique opportunity of establishing a long-term and rewarding relationship with their patients.
Of course, doctors of internal medicine do not treat every single problem their patients have on their own. They will coordinate with surgeons, obstetricians and other medical specialties.
One interesting thing about a doctor of internal medicine is that they have the training to address any problem a patient has. It does not matter if the patient has a common problem or if their patient is dealing with a unique medical issue that is only faced by a small percentage of the world’s adult population. Their training makes them uniquely equipped to solve challenging diagnostic problems. They have the ability to treat patients who have serious and chronic illnesses, and they have the know-how to help patients who are dealing with multiple illnesses at the same time.
A doctor of internal medicine will work with their patients to help them understand what steps they can take in order to improve their overall health. They understand how to effectively address problems of the skin, eyes, ears, nervous system and reproductive organs, as well as mental health.
Dr. Nancy Shibayama, M.D. is board-certified in internal medicine, and is here to help you every step of the way in your wellness journey. Her practice, Nancy Shibayama, M.D., Inc., has two locations in Auburn and Roseville. Contact her office today to schedule your appointment!