At UMass Memorial Medical Center, our internal medicine physicians provide primary care at locations in Worcester and throughout Central Massachusetts, making it easy and convenient to find a doctor who’s right for you.
What Is an Internal Medicine Physician?
Internal medicine physicians provide comprehensive medical (nonsurgical) care to adults, generally over age 18. After medical school, internal medicine physicians complete at least three years of postgraduate training, preparing them to deal with a wide range of both routine and complex health issues, including:
- Solving challenging diagnostic problems
- Managing severe chronic illnesses, or situations where several different illnesses occur at the same time
- Integrating wellness and disease prevention into your care
- Addressing mental health issues, including substance abuse
Internal medicine physicians are also called internists – not to be confused with interns, who are doctors in their first year of residency training.
What Services Do Internal Medicine Doctors Provide?
Internists care for the whole patient. Your internist serves as your personal physician, developing a long-term relationship with you over time. He or she:
- Performs routine examinations, preventive screenings and immunizations
- Diagnoses and treats acute illness (such as influenza or infections)
- Treats common problems of the eyes, ears, skin, nervous system and reproductive organs
- Manages chronic conditions (such as diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure)
- Provides women’s health services and basic gynecologic care
- Provides men’s health services
- Helps you access the full range of diagnostic and screening tests available at UMass Memorial
- Coordinates referrals to specialists and hospital services