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Nurse Practitioners




Jaweed Akhter M.D. ABIM

Imtiaz Anwar M.D.

Muhammad Aziz M.D.

William D. George M.D.

Girish Kansara M.D.

Ronald Palang M.D.

Absar Ahmed Qureshi M.D.

About Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine Doctors, also referred to as Internists, are diagnosticians who focus on adult medicine and have had special study and training on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases in adults. A Board-certified Internist has at least three years of residency beyond four years of medical school. This postgraduate training is dedicated to the intensive study of all organ systems in the human body. Attention is given to laboratory and radiological testing for the diagnosis of diseases of all organ systems and to the prevention of disease such as diabetes and hypertension.. Internists are sometimes referred to as the "doctor's doctor," as they are often called upon to act as consultants to other physicians to help solve puzzling diagnostic problems.

But do not mistake Internists who are trained specialists with "interns," who are doctors in their first year of training beyond medical school . Although internists may act as primary-care physicians, they are not "family physicians," "family practitioners," or "general practitioners," whose training is not solely concentrated on adults and may include surgery, obstetrics and pediatrics.

Caring for the whole patient

Internists are equipped to deal with whatever problem a patient has -- no matter how common or rare, how simple or complex. They are specially trained to solve puzzling diagnostic problems and can handle severe chronic illnesses and situations where several different illnesses may interact. They also bring to patients an understanding of wellness (disease prevention and the promotion of health), women's health, substance abuse, mental health, as well as effective treatment of common problems of the eyes, ears, skin, nervous system and reproductive organs.

Caring for you for Life

In today's complex medical environment, internists take pride in caring for their patients for life -- in the office or clinic, during hospitalization and intensive care, and in nursing homes. When other medical specialists, such as surgeons or obstetricians, are involved, they coordinate the patient's care and manage difficult medical problems associated with that care.

Internal medicine subspecialties

Internists can choose to focus their practice on general internal medicine, or may take additional training to "subspecialize" in one of thirteen areas of internal medicine. Cardiologists, for example, are doctors of internal medicine who subspecialize in diseases of the heart. The training an internist receives to subspecialize in a particular medical area is both broad and deep. Subspecialty training (often called a "fellowship") usually requires an additional one to three years beyond the standard three year general internal medicine residency.

The Internal Medicine residency is a 3 year training program in a Hospital based setting that includes outpatient care as well. Special emphasis is put on Cardiology , Pulmonology , Gastroenterology and Critical Care medicine. Internists are also well trained in endocrinology i.e diabetic care etc, Rheumatology (joint problems) and Hematology (blood disorders). Internal medicine Physicians are also well versed in office-based specialised procedures such as exercise stress tests, lung function tests, bone density exams, EKGs and arterial doppler studies.

What does "internal medicine" mean?

The term "Internal Medicine" comes from the German term Innere Medizin, a discipline popularized in Germany in the late 1800s to describe physicians who combined the science of the laboratory with the care of patients. Many early 20th-century American doctors studied medicine in Germany and brought this medical field to the United States. Thus, the name "internal medicine" was adopted. Like many words adopted from other languages, it unfortunately doesn't exactly fit an American meaning.

At SETMA, the Department of Internal medicine includes: Dr Muhammad Aziz and Dr Syed Anwar. They are here to help with all of your medical problems, no matter how complex, or how simple. Along with the sub-specialists, SETMA's Internists provide a comprehensive plan of care and lead SETMA's inpatient-services team.

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