what is difference from a family doctor and an internist

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   Posted 12/31/2008 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I was in the er for costochronditis and the er dr recommends that I see an internist instead of my personal dr. My question is what the difference between an internist and a family dr?
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   Posted 12/31/2008 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Kara!  An Internist Doctor of Internal Medicine) has more education than an general practioner.  A Board Certified Internist has to be recertified periodically so that keeps them on their toes.  A Board Certified Internist that is a Diplomate (that's the type of doctor I use) has even more education and needs to take tests each year, I believe, in order to keep that title.  It helps keep them abreast of the new things in medicine. 
Here is a link about internists from Wikipedia.
Hope this helps.
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