THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FAMILY MEDICINE AND INTERNAL MEDICINE
“Primary care physicians generally fall into one of three categories: family medicine doctors, pediatric doctors (pediatricians) and internal medicine doctors,” explains Jeffry Strohmyer, M.D., the primary care physician at Premier Family Medicine. “We’re all primary care physicians, but the biggest difference is the age of the patient.”
Here is a breakdown of which doctor sees which type of patient:
- A pediatrician cares for children.
- An internal medicine physician cares for adults.
- A family medicine doctor is a pediatrician and internist combined into one specialty, and cares for both children and adults.
“A family physician like myself, we see adults and kids, plus we do a lot of women’s health,” says Dr. Strohmyer. “A lot of family physicians see the entire family and you kind of grow with the whole family.”
Dr. Strohmyer reminds us that family doctors can take care of individual adult health needs regardless of family status.
“A lot of times when patients pick a doctor, they may pick an internist because they haven’t had a family physician growing up,” he says.
Regardless of your age, it’s important to your health that you develop a relationship with a physician.
“If you want a good primary care physician, come see us here at Premier Family Medicine.”