What does an internist do?

An internist is a general medicine doctor for adults. Their training is solely in adult medicine, unlike a family doctor whose training is split between adult medicine and pediatrics. Internists treat the entire spectrum of adult diseases such as cardiology risk factors, hypertension, cholesterol, diabetes, respiratory diseases, GI problems, and women’s health.

Training for internal medicine is four years of medical school and then three years of residency training in a hospital.

Board certification by the American board of Internal Medicine means a doctor has passed a rigorous exam and met the requirements of the Board indicating a level of achievement of knowledge and skill.