The specialty of care by most doctors seems clear.
Pediatricians take care of children. Oncologists focus on cancer diagnosis and treatment. Surgeons… well, you get the picture.
When it comes to Internal Medicine and Family Care physicians, the titles can be a little confusing. When you are not feeling well or need to see a primary care doctor, you may not know which to call for an appointment.
The basic distinction, according to the American College of Physicians, comes down to two factors:
1. The ages of patients being seen.
2. The specific type of care needed.
If you make an appointment with a Family Care physician, you are likely to see babies, young adults and senior citizens in the waiting room. At an Internal Medicine office, you will find adults with specific healthcare needs waiting to be called back by the nurse.