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Seniors' Preventative Health & Wellness

Why see a geriatrician versus a family physician or internist?

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  • ACindy Haines, MD, Healthcare, answered
    You may wish to see a geriatrician rather than a family physician or internist if you are an elderly individual with multiple health issues of aging. Of note, many family physicians are additionally certified in geriatric medicine. Further, many family doctors and internists gear their practices towards the elderly. Best thing to do: ask what your chosen doctor's qualifications and experience are in treating your specific needs.
  • AWilliam Wien, DO, Family Medicine, answered on behalf of MDLIVE
    In actual fact, the large majority of geriatricians are family medicine or internal medicine specialists whose practice has developed into special focus on care of the elderly. Formal additional training fellowships exist where already certified Family Physicians and Internists can become qualified with a Certificate of Additional Qualification in Geriatrics. In addition, many physicians gain valuable added experience and skill treating the elderly through spending years practicing in retirement communities, such as in Florida and Arizona.
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