Internal medicine is a primary care specialty focused on the
prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of adult diseases. As primary care
providers, internal medicine physicians are trained to diagnose and treat acute
medical illness, as well as direct the long-term management of recurrent and
chronic medical problems such as asthma, congestive heart failure and diabetes.
The role of an internal medicine physician is to provide preventive health care,
treat asymptomatic risks factors, teach healthy lifestyle choices, manage
chronic illnesses, and offer the latest immunization protocols.