What is the difference between an internist and a family physician?

DB’s Medical Rants explores the differences between internists and family physicians in 4 postulates.

It seems like with time, as the U.S. health system evolves, internists will morph into hospitalists and family physicians into outpatient doctors. A similar arrangement, with outpatient GPs who almost never go to the hospitals and inpatient doctors, works relatively well for many European countries.

Internists have different skills than family physicians. DB’s Medical Rants.

Further reading:
Retired doc's thoughts and Musings of a Distractible Mind comment on the implications of switching to hospitalist care for inpatients.
Practicing cost-effective medicine. One clinician's top 10 tips. Robert M. ACP Hospitalist, 2007.
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Updated 09/20/2007

1 comment:

  1. It seems to me we are well into that "morph".