As board certified Internal Medicine physicians, the doctors at Southern Oregon Internal Medicine focus on health care for adults ages 18 and over— from preventive services and routine medical examinations, to the treatment of complex diseases and illnesses including diabetes, osteoporosis, hypertension and heart disease.
About Internal Medicine Physicians
Simply put, internists are Doctors of Internal Medicine. You may also see them referred to as “internists,” “general internists” and “doctors of internal medicine.” At least three of their seven or more years of medical school and postgraduate training are dedicated to learning how to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases that affect adults. With this specialty training Internists are equipped to solve puzzling diagnostic problems, and treat or manage severe chronic illnesses, including situations where several different illnesses may be present at the same time. They also bring to patients an understanding of wellness and disease prevention as an adult ages.
About Endocrinology Physicians
Endocrinology is a subspecialty of Internal Medicine. Endocrinologists must first complete seven or more years of medical school and postgraduate training and become board certified in Internal Medicine. Then, for an additional two to three years, they study conditions specific to the endocrine system — tissues and major endocrine glands, including the pituitary, pineal, thyroid, parathyroids, thymus, adrenals, pancreas, ovaries, and testes.
Endocrinologists provide treatment for a wide range of functions and disorders of the human body related to hormones and the endocrine system. These include diabetes, thyroid disorders, infertility, metabolism, glandular cancers, growth hormone deficiency, genetic dysfunction, heart disease, osteoporosis, obesity and hormonal imbalances. Endocrinologists also conduct clinical research.
Not everyone who suffers from endocrine disease needs an endocrinologist. Many hormonal problems are diagnosed and handled by general internists. The skills of an endocrinologist are necessary for complicated disorders, such as uncontrolled diabetes, thyroid cancer, pituitary dysfunction, familial endocrine and auto-immune disease.
At SOIM we are here to help you make the most of your life through preventive medicine and exceptional care.