Internal Medicine - Definition(s)
internal medicine - the branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and (nonsurgical) treatment of diseases of the internal organs (especially in adults)
medical specialty, medicine - the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques more...
WHAT IS INTERNAL MEDICINE?
If you don’t know or aren’t certain, you aren’t alone. According to Author Wayne J. Guglielmo, “Thirty-one percent of respondents in a national random sample said that the definition of “internist” is a doctor who deals with internal organs. More significantly, 17 percent said it means a medical student in training, clearly confusing internist with intern. Another 17 percent said they didn’t know what the term meant.
An American College of Physicians/American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM) media campaign termed “Doctors of Internal Medicine: Doctors for Adults” summarizes the core message organizers hope to get across, said Guglielmo.
“People are confused,” said Portland, OR, Internist Andrea M. Kielich, a member of the committee overseeing the media campaign. “We want people to know that internists are the doctors who specialize in adults and who handle both routine stuff as well as multiple and complex illnesses.”
Internal Medicine is a “non-surgical medical specialty concerned with diseases of internal organs in adults. Physicians who specialize in the field, known as Internists, are skilled in disease prevention and in managing complex disorders of the body. Internists may be either generalists of specialists. more...