When you’re sick, and you visit your primary care provider or the hospital, you may well need a referral to see a specialist in internal medicine. Susan Slater, MD, MPH, provides outstanding internal medicine services at Ventura Medical Aesthetics in Ventura, California, diagnosing and treating patients who have a broad range of acute and chronic illnesses and helping improve their health and well-being. If you’re sick and want the best treatment and care available, call Dr. Slater today, or book an appointment online.
Internal medicine covers the broad spectrum of adult illness from any cause, whether it’s common or unusual. Doctors who practice internal medicine are known as internists, and all doctors qualifying in the United States complete the same internal medicine training to earn their medical doctor status.
Some of these doctors go on to specialize in specific types of medical problems or a bodily system; for example, a cardiologist specializes in the heart, and a rheumatologist specializes in rheumatic and arthritic diseases. General internists continue to cover the entire field of internal medicine, often in a hospital setting or in primary care, where they play a key role in promoting good health and preventing disease.
Dr. Slater is a general internist who can diagnose and treat a full spectrum of diseases and health conditions, excelling in diagnosing disparate symptoms and treating patients who have a combination of different health problems.
Although they might appear to be similar, there are differences between the two specialties. Internal medicine focuses exclusively on adults, whereas family medicine practitioners treat every member of the family, including children of all ages.
Internal medicine developed as a specialism when the science behind medicine became better understood and practiced, and general internists started to focus on either children or adults. Family medicine focuses on the family as a unit rather than differentiating between adults and children.
Neither specialty includes specialist surgical practice, although both internists and family practitioners may perform routine outpatient procedures. Family medicine may or may not include obstetrics, but general internists don't handle pregnancy and birth.
Your primary care provider could be a general internist, or you may receive a referral to the internal medicine department of your hospital. Because they work in both primary and secondary care, you could see a general internist when you have a minor health problem or for more specialized help for complex or less common conditions.
General internist training concentrates on frequently encountered medical problems such as colds and headaches, but also includes training and experience in medical specialties such as:
Having expertise in all these different areas of medicine allows Dr. Slater at Ventura Medical Aesthetics to consider the patient as a whole and provide comprehensive care that addresses all the factors impacting on a patient’s health.
To find out more about how internal medicine specialist Dr. Slater can help you, call Ventura Medical Aesthetics today, or book an appointment online.