Family medicine provides comprehensive health care for individuals of all ages. This division of medicine is dedicated to acute, chronic, and preventative medical care and the promotion of overall health. Family medicine may also be known as general medicine or general practice.
At Methodist McKinney Hospital, the service of primary care includes family medicine, infectious disease, internal medicine and hospitalists. Primary care offers a variety of care for the entire family by serving individuals of all ages in the areas of acute, chronic and preventative medical care. Primary care also promotes the importance of overall health. Primary care may also be known in some circles as general practice or general medicine.
The primary care family medicine staff at Methodist McKinney Hospital specializes in family medicine, orthopedic surgery and neurology. Family medicine is a division of primary care that offers continuing and comprehensive health care to individuals and families. This area of primary care is based on continued knowledge of the individual in the realm of that individual to him or herself, their family and their community. As in all areas of primary care, family medicine stresses disease prevention and the promotion of health.
Primary care family medicine doctors may have either a doctor of medicine (M.D.) or osteopathic medicine (D.O.) degree. Both the M.D. and the D.O. come with the same rights, privileges and responsibilities. Another division of primary care at Methodist McKinney Hospital is the hospitalist staff. The three hospitalists on staff focus on internal medicine. Internal medicine within the primary care realm focuses on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of adult diseases. The primary care physicians focusing on internal medicine are called internists. Primary care internists care for patients in the hospital and they also have roles in teaching and research.
Family Medicine Staff
Infectous Disease Staff
Internal Medicine Staff
These internal medicine doctors within the primary care specialty are sometimes viewed as the doctor's doctor because they are asked to help physicians solve problems regarding adult diseases. Internists are not considered to be family physicians, family practitioners or general practitioners. Internists do not focus on other specialties such pediatrics or OB-GYN.
Within the primary care specialty at Methodist McKinney Hospital are infectious disease primary care physicians. Just as the name suggests, these primary care physicians focus on the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. Primary care doctors work to provide answers for challenging diagnoses and other mystery illnesses.
Internal medicine is dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of adult diseases. Physicians that specialize in internal medicine are known as internists.
Methodist McKinney Hospital does not provide primary care services for family medicine and internal medicine, but please contact the hospital if you would like a referral for primary care.