An Internal Medicine and Pediatrics clinic, often called Med/Peds, is an unique primary-care office that provides in-depth, specialty-level care for patients of all ages. Med/Peds physicians receive longer, more intensive training than general family practitioners and are board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics specialties. With a Med/Peds doctor, you are really getting two doctors in one – a dedicated doctor for children who focuses on development, growth, nutrition, childhood illnesses and managing complex medical issues as well as a committed physician for adults who addresses the gamut of health care issues ranging from healthy adults and the prevention of disease to acute illness and the management of multiple chronic diseases.
More from the American Academy of Pediatrics:
“Internal Medicine-Pediatrics trained physicians embody the skills, wisdom, and dedication of pediatricians and internists in a single physician. Med-Peds training and practice synthesizes two complex disciplines into a whole greater than the sum of its parts. Capitalizing on the focus, depth, and evidence base incumbent to training in and practicing the two disciplines, Med-Peds physicians bring a unique insight and scope to the care of patients throughout their patients’ life span. Caring for multiple generations of the same family lends them intrinsic comprehension of family dynamics, epidemiology and the impact of acute or chronic illness at all ages, all in the context of family systems. Coupled with this special continuity are the tremendous rewards of durable relationships as the health mentor for families over several decades.”