to provide ongoing comprehensive medical care for patients of all ages, in some cases providing lifelong care. In the provision of general medical care, Dr. Andaya treats patients for a wide range of ailments and conditions, usually acting as the point of first contact and referring patients to a specialist if necessary – also known as a primary care provider.
General practice, or general medicine, is a comprehensive area of medical care that focuses on the treatment of all types of conditions and diseases, similar to that of a family practice. Physicians who practice general medicine are known as general practitioners and usually provide primary care services. General practitioners not only provide treatment for existing conditions, but are also trained in the area of preventive care.
General practitioners are trained to treat a wide range of illnesses and diseases and are usually the point of first contact for a patient when they are unsure of their condition or are seeking initial medical care. In a sense, general practitioners act as the “gatekeepers” to the medical world, deciding when and for which conditions their patients will be referred to a specialist.
Many general practitioners who have not completed specialized fellowships in specialty areas pursue Certificates in Added Qualifications (CAQs), which allow the physician to earn credentials in areas such as geriatrics, sleep medicine, adolescent medicine or hospice & palliative medicine.
to provide care to adult patients suffering from a wide range of illnesses and diseases, ranging from the very common to the very rare. Dr. Andaya is also trained in general medicine, and is capable of treating patients for diseases that may have overlapping symptoms or complications.
Internal medicine is a specialized field of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of all types of adult diseases. Due to the fact that there are thousands of different diseases and afflictions that affect adults, internists (physicians who practice internal medicine) often serve as primary care physicians to their patients.
Internists play a crucial role in the diagnosis of disease in adult patients and perform a variety of diagnostic procedures and tests to assist in this process. Internists are trained to perform and analyze blood tests, review family histories, review diagnostic imaging tests, skin tests, biopsies, stress tests and endoscopies, among many other procedures, depending upon the patient’s condition or apparent symptoms.
Doctors of internal medicine are prepared to provide treatment patients with diseases that relate to, or encompass, more than one bodily system. It is this expertise that allows internists to be the “puzzle solvers” of primary care when it comes to making diagnoses; internists are often consulted for their diagnostic capabilities when other primary care physicians are unable to arrive at the correct diagnosis.