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Internal Medicine doctors provide preventive and primary care services for adults.

They specialize in diagnosing and treating a variety of disease and conditions.

An Internist, as they are sometimes called, is often the leader of your health care team.

They perform regular physicals and recommend preventive care steps.

Your Internal Medicine doctor can diagnose and treat many health conditions and refer you to a specialist if needed.

Internal Medicine physicians are trained to diagnose and treat many medical problems. These include: 

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke 
  • Arthritis 

See more on some of the conditions Internal Medicine doctors treat below.

Some Internal Medicine doctors have additional training in areas such as geriatrics, hospital care, metabolic care, pediatrics and women’s health.

A Hospitalist is an Internal Medicine doctor who sees patients in the hospital or other care facilities. 

They perform examinations, procedures, and order tests and treatments. They provide progress reports to your primary care doctor or other specialist. Hospitalists are not considered primary care physicians.

Preventive Care

Preventive care focuses on preventing illnesses, injuries or medical conditions before they happen. One of the most important priorities for you primary care provider is keeping you healthy.

Your doctor can help you identify good lifestyle choices and schedule the appropriate health screening and vaccinations.

A regular physical examination is an important part of your preventive care. How often your doctor recommends you come in for an exam depends on your age and health.

Primary Care

Primary care focuses on preventive care and caring for your medical needs, such as managing chronic conditions.

At Marshfield Clinic, you can choose from these primary care departments:

  • Family Medicine – providers who care for the entire family. Patients of all ages receive total health care from a Family Medicine physician and associated team. Family Medicine emphasizes preventive care and provides acute and chronic care.

  • Internal Medicine – providers who care for adults. Internal Medicine physicians are specially trained to diagnose and treat medical problems such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, depression, high blood pressure, stroke, arthritis and other conditions. They also provide physical and gynecological exams.

  • Med-Peds​​ – providers who care for adults as well as children and adolescents. Med-Peds physicians have the training and dedication of pediatricians and internists combined. They care for patients throughout life, managing acute and chronic illnesses at all ages. Multiple generations of a family may receive care.​

  • Pediatrics – providers who care for children and teens. Pediatricians specialize in keeping children well, from birth to young adulthood. If a child needs specialized care, Marshfield Clinic Children's has the most comprehensive children's health services network in the region.

Vaccines & Immunizations:

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Your protection from preventable diseases doesn't end as you mature.​ Learn more about recommended vaccines for adults & seniors.​

 Primary Care

Family Medicine Doctors
treat the whole family.

Internal Medicine Doctors
treat adults.

Med-Peds Doctors
treat adults and children.

treat children.

Doctor-Patient Communication Quiz

You and your doctor are partners, working together for your optimal health. That's why it's important to find a doctor you feel comfortable with, someone who listens to your questions, and takes the time to ask his or her own. Find out more about doctor-patient relations by taking this quiz.

1. Your doctor knows which medicines you're taking, so you don't need to bother reminding him or her.
2. If you wear glasses or hearing aids, don't forget to bring them with you to the doctor's office.
3. A friend or relative who comes with you to the office must stay in the waiting room during your exam.
4. It's not the doctor's business to know about your personal life, so he or she shouldn't ask you about anything other than health matters.
5. It's OK to fudge the truth about your smoking or dieting when talking with your doctor.
6. Your doctor has only a limited time for you, so limit your questions.
7. You can find out more about your particular health condition by reading brochures your doctor has.
8. Problems with depression or memory are a normal part of aging and don't merit concern by your doctor.
9. The best time to talk to your doctor about serious illness is when you're healthy.