Internal Medicine practices address medical concerns for adolescents and adults (18 and over and in some practices, 16 and over in others) by coordinating their patients' overall medical care while managing their medical problems. They perform regular preventive health maintenance exams and health screening tests. Internists are trained to deal with all medical problems with which their patients present and are equipped to determine when a referral for specialty care is necessary.
18 and Over:
16 and Over:
Family Practice providers treat a wide range of medical concerns to patients from infancy to adulthood, with a particular emphasis on the family unit. Family practitioners possess a broad knowledge base and treat many common problems, as well as acute and chronic illnesses. They provide preventive services, health maintenance exams, and health education. They supervise and coordinate healthcare and arrange appropriate referrals for specialty care.