At Riverside Medical Clinic we provide patients with world-class care. We have top-quality internal medicine and family practice providers available close to you.
Primary care physicians are usually either family practice or internal medicine doctors. But what does that mean to the type of care you will receive? In the same way that a pediatrician cares for children, an internal medicine physician cares for adults. A family practice physician, or family practitioner, is a pediatrician and an internal medicine doctor combined into one. So, a family practitioner can see patients of all ages.
Doctors who practice internal medicine are called internists. Internal medicine grew out of the idea of devoting the same kind of specialized care that pediatricians provide, but for adults. Internists complete a three-year residency after medical school that encompasses both outpatient care in a clinic and time in a hospital where they often do rotations and receive sub-specialty training in areas such as cardiology, endocrinology and gastroenterology. So they’re trained to care for patients with chronic and acute illnesses. Internal medicine doctors at Riverside Medical Clinic specialize in the supervision of patients 18 years of age and older. They not only treat illnesses but provide routine physicals and well patient care, too.
Some people prefer the idea of one doctor who can treat their entire family’s illnesses for continuity of care. Family practitioners can treat patients as young as infants through adulthood. Knowing an entire family can also make it easier to capture patient history. Female patients can even go to their family practice physician instead of a gynecologist for routine pap smears. But you also don’t have to have a family to see a family practitioner. While it’s true that some family medicine doctors can also have specialties, their focus is primarily on outpatient care of patients of all ages.
As you can see, there are advantages to choosing both types of doctors. That’s why Riverside Medical Clinic has both. Still can’t decide which one to see? It will be the physician you feel most comfortable with. Visit our offices. Talk to the doctors and staff. Regardless of whether you choose a family practitioner or an internist, you’ll find the doctor that’s right for you at Riverside Medical Clinic.
To find out more about choosing your doctor, or to schedule an appointment, please call 951-782-3602.