Internal Medicine vs Family Medicine 

Though both internal and family medicine providers are considered primary care providers, there are important distinctions between the two in areas of study, patient populations and their potential role in your life. 

More important than the type of the doctor you choose is the individual you choose. We recommend you take time to choose a doctor that best fits your individual needs.

Family or Not? 

Perhaps the biggest decision factor between family medicine and internal medicine is determining how you want to establish your family with a primary care provider. 

  • If you have children below the age of 18 and are looking to simplify your options by using a single provider for all members of your family, then family medicine is likely right for you. 
  • If that is not a concern for you and your family, then perhaps an internal medicine doctor is the right physician for you.

Inpatient Vs. Outpatient

Internal medicine physicians receive training in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. If you are an individual who has chronic conditions that may result in hospitalization, or you are concerned with how your care would be coordinated should you need hospitalization in the future, an internal medicine physician may be the option for you.  

The Choice is Personal 

Regardless of which practice of medicine you choose as you primary care provider, Swedish Hospital provides a diverse and competent group of board-certified physicians to help you find the one that best matches your wellness goals and current and desired lifestyle.

Contact Us

If you would like to talk to a representative about your primary care options, please call 773-878-3627.

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