Internal medicine is the medical specialty dealing with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of adult diseases. Physicians specializing in internal medicine are called internists. Family practice is also a specialty dealing with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of adult diseases. Physicians practicing specializing in family practice are called family practice doctors. These are the definitions that I find when I look into the Internet and these are the broad categories that are used to create medical malpractice premiums,
The physicians at your urgent care center treat a wide range of acute injuries and illnesses. From illnesses such as the flu or a cold, a stomach virus, to broken bones, through cuts that need to be stitched. Respiratory problems like milder asthma attacks. The Urgent Care Physician should have the knowledge and skills to handle these in a timely manner and working usually in a busy setting.
Since Urgent care physicians are responsible for directly treating you when you have acute illnesses or injuries, they should be able to arrive at an initial diagnosis, write up a treatment plan and document well enough so that the plan is implemented and followed. Needless to say, there will be times when the urgent care doctor will consult with a specialist The urgent care centers are very well trained (and usually well located to transfer real emergency situations and conditions). While the urgent care physician has a lot of knowledge, a real emergency requires specialized hospital care.
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