At UCF Health, all internal medicine physicians (also known as “internists”) are board-certified with specialized training in the art of diagnosing, treating and preventing diseases. For this specialty, the practice accepts patients age 16 and older.
You may be referred to an internist for a specific medical condition, or he or she can serve as your primary care physician who is seen on a regular basis for ongoing healthcare. Should you have a chronic condition like diabetes or hypertension that requires regular management, an internal medicine physician can treat and closely monitor your progress. If the condition becomes more complicated, he or she may discuss referring you to a specialist.
Beyond treating your current illness, UCF Health internal medicine physicians will evaluate your overall wellness, ensuring that you are educated about the proper screenings and tests needed based on your age, gender, family history and unique circumstances. They’ll also take time to discuss lifestyle changes that can make a big impact on your overall health—from diet and exercise to smoking cessation and stress management.