The Importance of Finding a General Internist 


There comes a time when specific, medical services are needed. You break a leg? You call an orthopedist. Find out you are pregnant? You make an appointment with an obstetrician.


But, what if you just aren’t feeling well, or need to undergo a wellness check? Then, you need to call upon an internist.


Our internal medicine team at UAB Medical West is here to assist you in preventing, diagnosing, and treating a number of medical conditions.


General internists are for everyone


While you might never come to need a urologist or oncologist, most people will fall into the care of a general internist at some point during their life—if not on a regular basis. General internists are able to handle a broader range of conditions and, if needed, can then direct you to the need for a specialist for additional care.


General internists can act in a number of roles. While some general internists might act as primary care physicians, other general internists may work within a hospital setting as a “hospitalist.” However, general internists are able to provide both inpatient and outpatient care to patients suffering from various medical conditions.


Why should I see a general internist?


There are a number of health-care benefits that have been found when it comes to sticking to the same physician for your medical care, including a longer, healthier life.


When you stay with the same general internist, you start to build a deeper level of trust and understanding than you would with a physician you just saw here and there. As a result, you are more likely to speak up when something medical is going on and your physician has a better understanding of you as a person to know what new treatment options might fit you the best.


Plus, just as you get to know your primary physician better, he or she also gets to know you. Therefore, your physician is able to better tailor treatment options to fit you and your condition rather than just your illness. And, as a result, you are able to receive better, more personalized health care.

How do I find a new general internist?


Are you in the process of improving your overall health? One of the best steps you can take in improving your health is to find a general internist you feel comfortable with and can trust for years to come when needing primary care.


Fortunately, at UAB Medical West, our general internist team consists of a number of highly-trained, friendly physicians who are here to care for your health. Contact us today to receive a referral to an internist who can help you through all your health-care needs.


Are you looking for a general internist? The medical team at UAB Medical West in Bessemer, AL, is here to help.


Call our physician referral line at 205-996-WEST to schedule an appointment with a UAB Medical West provider. We are here to serve the communities of Hoover, Bessemer, McCalla, and Vance and more!