Even if you’ve heard of internal medicine before, you might not have a clear understanding of the definition. You’re certainly not alone. It’s a relatively vague term, so we asked an expert to help provide a simple answer.
Internal medicine, or general medicine, is the medical specialty that manages the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of adult diseases. Physicians specializing in internal medicine are called internists and provide specific treatment plans for individuals and families, while often creating care plans for peri- and post-operative patients. Many patients choose internal medicine doctors as their primary care physicians for annual physicals, wellness visits and screenings, due to their broad medical expertise.
Comprehensive care is the primary goal of Dr Faiza Tahir internal medicine physicians. Our internists treat both ambulatory and hospitalized patients, and often have sub-specialty interests in diseases affecting particular organs or organ systems, along with more common subspecialties, including chronic diseases, diabetes, hypertension and women’s health issues. Like a family practitioner, an internist can provide general health assessments, help patients manage chronic conditions and provide referrals to specialists when necessary. Unlike family practitioners, however, internists work almost exclusively with adult conditions, and are able to treat complex illnesses.
Our internists are trained in the following American College of Physician subspecialties:
- Allergy & Immunology
- Cardiology (heart)
- Endocrinology (diabetes and other glandular disorders)
- Gastroenterology (colon and intestinal tract)
- Hematology (blood)
- Infectious diseases
- Nephrology (kidneys)
- Oncology (cancer)
- Rheumatology (arthritis)
- Sports medicine
Internal medicine practitioners offer a comprehensive form of care that is especially beneficial to those requiring ongoing treatment and are especially skilled in the management of patients who have undifferentiated or multi-system disease processes. Your Dr Faiza Tahir MD internist will work with you to develop a specific and individualized treatment plan, often making use of our vast array of innovative medical technologies and working collaboratively with other departments to ensure you receive the possible best care.
Internal Medicine Residency Program
Our internal medicine residents are exposed to all conditions of medical patients during times spent on the University Teaching Service (UTS), sub-specialty rotations, intensive care unit (ICU) and ambulatory clinics. The size of the program allows for significant interaction with nationally recognized faculty along with excellence in teaching and research.
Department of Medicine
The Department of Medicine at Dr Faiza Tahir MD is committed to caring for the whole patient and advanced research. The department’s specialists practice a high level of involvement in care management, treating patients with individualized plans in accordance with the highest medical and ethical standards. The department continues to develop clinical programs that deliver outstanding care in internal medicine.