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What kind of training do medical specialists have?

Every physician who is board certified has earned the right to call themselves a specialist. For example, Family Practitioners and Internists are Primary Care specialists. However, some physicians go beyond initial board certification in Internal Medicine and become board certified in specialties such as cardiology, geriatrics or endocrinology. Some physicians also train in the specialty of pediatrics take additional fellowship training to become specialists in a pediatric sub-specialty such as pediatric gastroenterology or pediatric infectious disease.

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