MedStar internists are personal physicians who provide long-term, comprehensive care in the office and in the hospital. Also known as primary care physicians (PCPs) or general practitioners, internists focus on the interactions of body systems, and they can help you with everything from asthma and arthritis to headaches, high blood pressure and diabetes.
MedStar internal medicine physicians provide routine preventive care. They diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions and diseases. Emphasizing wellness, MedStar internists can help with everything from diet and exercise to mental health and stress reduction in ways that are focused squarely on your good health.
Specially trained to serve as your primary doctor over many years, internal medicine physicians get to know you, your family history and your medical history—your overall health. They offer informed treatment advice. And, they help you keep track of screenings, which helps you stay healthier. Your internal medicine provider also is your seamless link to the thousands of MedStar specialists who are there to provide the very best, most leading-edge diagnosis and treatment – all focused on you with caring and compassion.
What if I need to see a specialist?
Since MedStar Health internal medicine physicians treat just about every part of a body, they are experts in directing you to a specialist, should you ever need to see one. Not only that, they can manage and guide your care, explain your options and make recommendations based on their familiarity with your needs, even when other doctors get involved.
How do I choose an internal medicine physician?
Your internal medicine physician is often involved in your care for a long time—and is the first person you call if you have a health problem—so it is important to select someone with whom you can have a comfortable and honest relationship.
It’s a good idea to choose a doctor who listens carefully to your concerns, explains things clearly and fully, shows respect for you and anticipates your health problems. The doctor also should allow you to ask questions and should provide answers that you can understand.
You want to make sure your internist is board certified. This means—like MedStar Health’s board-certified physicians—they have had training after medical school and passed an examine certifying them as specialists in their field.
It’s also a good idea to ask:
- What insurance do you accept?
- Who sees patients when you are out of town?
- How long does it take to get an appointment for a routine visit?
- How long does it take to get an appointment for urgently needed care?
MedStar Health internal medicine physicians are not just doctors—they are your partners in health care, committed to providing you and your family with the best care.
MedStar PromptCare - Where and When You Need It
Sometimes you need urgent care – for example in the evenings or on weekends. MedStar has you covered. Our MedStar PromptCare locations throughout the region offer extended hours for walk-ins, a wide range of services and seamless integration with your MedStar internal medicine and primary care team.