With hundreds of different types of physicians and specialists, selecting a physician that's right for you can feel complicated. Knowing which type of primary care physician (PCP) is important in finding the right type of care you or your family needs.
A family medicine doctor are primary care physicians that can provide care for your entire family. They see children and adults of all ages, often from newborn to geriatrics. Family medicine doctors are ideal when you'd like one person to treat your whole family.
Internal medicine doctors are primary care physicians that provide care for adults only. Just like a family medicine doctor, they offer preventative medicine and can treat and diagnose diseases. They are also often referred to as internists.
Many primary care physicians use advanced practice providers, such as nurse practitioners or physician assistants, to help take care of their patients. These providers work under the supervision of a physician and are licensed to provide care, as well as order diagnostic testing, prescribe medication, and finding a specialist to refer you to.