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16 years 1 week ago #56994 by PremedRN
Just curious since I am very interested in this specialty.

Another questions I have is can a person do FP without see kids younger than say 15?
Or should they just be internal medicine?

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16 years 1 week ago #56995 by MelissaGray
Here's what the board says: ABIM Gastroenterology training requirements

Basically, it looks like a 3 year internal med residency and around 2 years of a gastroenterology fellowship.

As to your other question, I suppose a FP could choose not to see children, but I've never known one to. Is there some reason why you're thinking FP rather than IM?

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16 years 1 week ago #56996 by PremedRN
Thanks for the rapid response to my question.
I was curious because I know some chose to deliver and some dont, and was wondering if they could pick ages too.
As if you couldnt tell by my username, Im a RN. As it stands right now, I just dont do kids. I am good with children (Im raising 6 right now)but I just dont like to mess with those little ones. Maybe this will change. I will still keep my options open as far as when I get to med school. I am interested too in FP (except young kids) so I guess IM would probably be better suited for me. I guess you really couldn't be "family practice" if your not willing to treat the "family". Isnt the main difference between IM and FP other than the little kids thing, is that IM is like for multisystem problemed patients? Thanks for any answers you may have.

---Dana

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16 years 6 days ago #56997 by MTaylor

Isnt the main difference between IM and FP other than the little kids thing, is that IM is like for multisystem problemed patients?

This is not true. When you are a family practice physician, and you have a "complicated" patient with multisystem problems, you manage them. If you need help, then you enlist the advice of specialists (as would an internal medicine doc). The major difference is the "kid thing" and the "OB" thing. But most FP (in the US) don't deliver babies because the liability is too high. The malpractice insurance is very high, the stress level is very high, and most women (in the US) prefer an OB or midwife. Yes, as a FP, in dealing with adults, it's identical to IM. If you don't do kids, FP isn't for you.

Additionally, if you want to subspecialize in GI, you're pretty much destined to go the IM route, as GI is a subspecialty of IM.

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16 years 6 days ago #56998 by PremedRN
Thanks a lot Mya. I appreciate the info! Sounds like IM is more than likely my destination. Thanks again.

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16 years 4 days ago #56999 by maggie52
True if you are a gastro then you did an IM residency...
but I do have friends that limit their family practice scope by saying " no kids under five" or something like that...in the same way Peds say "no kids over 14" etc.
And in the end due to their FP training they do things differently in the office setting as opposed to thier IM friends-
more office procedures ( colps,excisions, etc), more office gynecology, moonlight in ER's a lot, casting etc.
NOt to say IM are not capable of learning those tasks; they just tell me they hate to do it ( endometrial biopsies, mole removals, cryotherapy etc.) they say they'd rather send it off for a surgeon or dermatologist or OBGYN to do it...

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