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Internal Medicine

A general internist specializes in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses in adults and is not trained in a subspecialty of internal medicine. The general internist is well trained in the diagnosis of puzzling medical problems, in the ongoing care of complex and chronic illnesses, and in caring for patients with more than one disease. Most general internists provide care for their patients in an ambulatory setting (office or outpatient), and some follow their patients when hospitalized (inpatient setting). Other general internists are known as "hospitalists" and care for patients only in the hospital.

Values & Personality Traits of Physicians in Internal Medicine

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Values Match

Specialists Value
  • Independence
  • Taking care of people
  • Working with my mind
  • Working with people
Specialists do not value
  • Working with my hands

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