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Choosing Between Family Medicine and Internal Medicine

Both family and internal medicine practitioners have as their goal to care for their patients, diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions, and recommend specialist help when necessary. Only the scope of treatment differentiates them from one another, but even then there is often some overlap, and the differences covered below delve only into the most general terms of these specialties. So to learn much more and to find out what types of treatments you have access to in your local office, please contact your internal medicine physician in Southfield, MI, Dr. Antoine Geffrard of RMS Consultations.

Key Differences

One of the key differences between a family doctor and one who focuses on internal medicine has to do with the patients they care for. Family practices have a wider range of patients, in terms of age, as they also treat children.

Typically, internal medicine focuses on adults and adult care which allows them to gain deeper expertise on diseases and conditions that affect them.

Prevention and Treatment

Family medicine tends to have a focus on preventive medicine and preventive treatments. While they can and do diagnose and treat many types of conditions, because of their narrower scope, internal medicine practitioners are able to specialize more than their counterparts. They are capable of offering treatment in more complicated cases and have more experience dealing directly with more serious ailments.

Internal Medicine in Southfield, MI

Choosing between the specialties depends largely on your own specific situation, if you don't wish to have a separate practice for the younger members of your family, or if you have ongoing health concerns that require priority. One of the best ways to decide is to pay the office a visit and learn more.

You can dial (248) 663-5353 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Geffrard of RMS Consultations, an expert in physical, rehabilitation, and internal medicine in Southfield, MI.

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