What is Internal Medicine (Internist)?

A doctor of Internal Medicine is a doctor trained in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses that affect adults from their teens through their senior years. They are unique in their focus on adult medicine devoting at least three of their seven or more years of medical school and post graduate training to this specialty. They are trained in outpatient medicine and hospital based acute level care.

Internists treat conditions as simple as the common cold to more complex conditions and diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Prevention and early detection of illness at a time when disease is most curable is a priority. They will care for you in the office or, for those of you who require hospitalization, on the hospital floors and critical care units. Internists so often serve as medical consultants to physicians in other specialties: They’ve earned the nickname, “the doctor’s doctor.” Sometimes they serve as the gatekeepers to access physicians trained in subspecialty care. They may consult with these doctors and consolidate information for you to help you navigate through a sometimes complex array of tests and procedures.

What do the letters FACP mean after your doctor’s name?

When you see the letters FACP after your physician’s name they mean that he or she is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Fellows in ACP, the largest society of internists in the world, are a special group of doctors who are dedicated to continuing education in medical practice, teaching, or research. Fellowship is an honorary designation given to recognize ongoing individual service and contributions to the practice of medicine.

Fellowship in ACP is a mark of distinction. It says that your doctor has made special efforts to be a better doctor. Ultimately, it says your doctor cares about delivering good health care.

For more go to www.acponline.org