A general internist specializes in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses in adults and is not trained in a subspecialty of internal medicine. The general internist is well trained in the diagnosis of puzzling medical problems, in the ongoing care of complex and chronic illnesses, and in caring for patients with more than one disease. Most general internists provide care for their patients in an ambulatory setting (office or outpatient), and some follow their patients when hospitalized (inpatient setting). Other general internists are known as "hospitalists" and care for patients only in the hospital.
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A 70-year-old smoker presents with a four-week history of dyspnea, cough, and facial swelling that is exacerbated by bending forward. A physical examination reveals venous collaterals on the chest wall, and imaging is ordered. What is the most likely cause? A. Right-sided heart failure B. Superior......MORE >
American College of Physicians
The American College of Physicians (ACP) is a national organization of internists - physician specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness.... MORE >