Internists handle chronic illnesses and situations where several different illnesses may strike at the same time. In addition, they help patients with an understanding of wellness and disease prevention. They are also trained to handle women’s health, substance abuse and mental health.
For patients seeing several different specialists, the internist will help navigate an often complex medical environment. Internists take pride in having a relationship with their patients both in the office and during hospitalizations. They help coordinate their patients’ care and manage the medical problems associated with that care.