Internists (doctors of internal medicine) are trained to treat many medical problems adults face. From minor illnesses to chronic diseases, they get to know your personal medical history and evaluate how you respond to treatments.
Internists evaluate injuries and make sure you get important health screenings when necessary. They encourage lifestyle changes needed to preserve your health. Internists also manage the care of patients who have several medical problems at the same time.
If and when your internist refers you to a specialist such as a cardiologist, endocrinologist or surgeon, he or she will oversee and coordinate your care -- all with your well-being in mind.