Ask Aviva #4: What is the difference between an Internist and Family Doctor?

Dear Aviva,

I get confused with all these terms.  What is the difference between a Family Doctor as a GP (General practitioner) vs an Internist doctor? I know every person gets one family doctor that is their doctor, but is there a difference if my family doctor is an internist?

Sincerely,

Too many doctors

 

Dear Too Many,

A GP, or general practitioner is someone who sees a wide range of ages and illnesses, as an initial diagnostician/preventative care/case manager, at least in the ideal theoretical sense. They can have several types of training specialties, one being an internist.  However, an internist could also end up being a cardiologist, a nephrologist, etc.. because they specialized in those fields. In this case, the GP is an internist who specialized in family medicine.

In this case, the GP is an internist who specialized in family medicine.

Yours in health,

Aviva


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