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What does an internist do?

Internal medicine providers are your strongest partner in maintaining good health. Internists specialize in focused care for adults, including:

  • Routine checkups
  • Treatment of common illnesses
  • Diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases
  • Advice about nutrition, exercise, and methods for maintaining a healthy lifestyle
internists help treat common illnesses

When it comes to identifying complex issues and illnesses in adults, internal medicine providers are often the first line of defense. It’s common for a family medicine provider to call upon internal medicine physicians to consult on difficult diagnostic problems.

Internists and women’s health

A common misconception about women’s health is that all you need is a gynecologist on your health care team. While it is essential to have an OB/GYN, your gynecologist shouldn’t be the only doctor checking in on you and your health.

Internal medicine providers are specialists in adult care, helping manage wellness and treating complex issues.

While gynecologists monitors female health using tools like Pap smears and mammograms, internists keep an eye on health issues that affect women which are not gynecologic or obstetric.

Specifically, internists provide female patients:

  • Preventative health care and educational resources
  • Screenings for chronic illnesses
  • Management for conditions, e.g., diabetes and thyroid conditions

Even if you are already seeing an internist, women should continue to see their OB/GYN for help detecting issues not easily detected by other providers.

Sub-specialized internal medicine

Some internists specialize in a focused area of internal medicine.

These providers offer all the standard services of internal medicine in addition to being able to manage complex conditions with highly advanced training in that particular sub-specialty.

Internal medicine providers can specialize in many areas of interest, including:

  • Allergy and immunologyinternal medicine and patient
  • Hematology
  • Infectious disease
  • Rheumatology
  • Wounds

How often should you see an internist?

Similar to family medicine, the frequency in which you see your internal medicine provider will depend on your current medical well-being.

If you are needing help with your health or if you are suffering from a complex condition needing attention, you will need to see your internist more often.

If you are in good health, with no underlying conditions, then you will only need to see your internist at their recommendation. That frequency could be anywhere from once every few months to once a year. Your overall health plays a major role in determining how often your doctor would like to see you.

Get to know more about Logansport Memorial Hospital’s internal medicine providers

Our comprehensive team of internal medicine physicians provide the highest level of quality care to the patients of Logansport Memorial Hospital patients:

Dr. Lynette Smith-Caillouet

"I love working with patients of all ages, but I especially enjoy treating older and elderly patients. I want to help them live their best days."

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Dr. Vivek Sahgal

Dr. Sahgal specializes in internal medicine and infectious diseases. He also has a special focus on chronic wound care.

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Dr. Benjamin Anderson

Dr. Anderson is a part of our hospitalist program, and he sees patients 18 and older at Logansport Memorial Hospital and Camden Health Center in Camden, Indiana.

"It is important for physicians to be part of the community they serve, and that is one of my primary goals in my practice."

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Dr. Cherie Bennett

Dr. Bennett has extensive experience with geriatric patients, but he also works with patients of all ages. At this time, Dr. Bennett is not accepting new patients.

TOPICS: Women's Health, Men's Health
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