When looking for a primary care physician, you may wonder what the difference is between Family Medicine and Internal Medicine, the two categories of primary care. While both provide primary care, there is a difference between the two specialties. To decide which is best for you, take a look at how either can serve you.


A family physician has the ability to see both adults and children, as well as address women’s health. When using a family physician, each member of the family can be seen and you are able to continue that relationship with your children. Regardless of family status you can see a family practitioner. This form of a physician is able to provide continual care throughout the changes of life. 


An internal medicine physician is able to see adults and handle the broad spectrum of illnesses that affect adults. They are experts in diagnosis and treating chronic illness, as well as disease prevention. Generally speaking, they are not limited to one type of medical issue or organ system and are equipped to deal with a range of issues that patients bring. 


For continued, preventative medicine, it is important to choose a primary care physician to visit on a regular basis. If you are in need of a doctor, please call (205)996-WEST, UAB Medical West’s Physician Referral Line, to find out about the network of doctors available.