What Is a Doctor of Internal Medicine?

When you are in need of a Doctor of Internal Medicine in Eden, NC, you can count on Dr. Dhruv Vyas and Dr. Ashish Shah of Eden Internal Medicine to provide the highest quality of clinical care. We provide comprehensive care in our office, in hospitals, and in nursing home settings.

The official definition, according to the AMA of a Doctor of Internal Medicine, is a personal care physician who treats adolescents, adults, and the elderly. They get specialized training in diagnosis, helping patients to manage long-term illnesses and complex combinations of illnesses. Some internists are in the practice of general internal medicine and others opt for a sub-specialty. 

Many general internists choose to practice in an office or outpatient setting and act as primary care physicians for their adult patients. They maintain a long-term personal relationship with their patients.  Other internists choose to practice in an exclusive inpatient setting such as a hospital, and these doctors are referred to as hospitalists. Some of the diseases that general internists are trained to diagnose and treat include:

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Infections
  • Kidney disease
  • Blood conditions
  • Joint issues
  • Vascular
  • Respiratory
  • Digestive
  • Mental health
  • Skin
  • Reproductive organs
  • Substance abuse

Part of the training that internists receive is in the prevention of diseases as well and that is part of the care they provide as primary care physicians. 


Internists can opt to receive additional education and training in an area of particular interest.  Most people just refer to these doctors as specialists, but the truth is they are specialized internists. This includes:

  • Cardiologist
  • Hematologists
  • Gastroenterologists
  • Infectious disease specialists
  • Endocrinology

An internist is involved in patient care on a daily basis. Whether the choice is in an office or in a hospital, general internal medicine, or a subspecialty, patient care is at the center of the practice of this category of medicine. Internal Medicine in Eden, NC provides the personalized care that you can count on for your entire adult life. Your internist can treat all of your needs but if they feel you require more specialized care, they will refer you to an internist who has the specialized care you require.

Contact Dr. Vyas and Dr. Shah of Eden Internal Medicine when you require internal medicine care in Eden, NC. We are accepting new patients, and you can reach us at (336) 627-4896 or via our website.

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