What’s an “Internist”?

Doctors of Internal Medicine focus on adult medicine and have had special study and training focusing on prevention and treatment of adult diseases. At least three of their seven or more years of medical school and postgraduate training are dedicated to learning how to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases that affect adults. Internists are sometimes referred to as the “doctor’s doctor,” because they are often called upon to act as consultants to other physicians to help solve puzzling diagnostic problems. We are not Family Practitioners or General Practitioners who have much less training in adult medicine.

How often should I see an Internist?

It depends on your age and medical condition. In general you should start with a complete exam and work out a follow-up schedule based on your doctor’s findings.

How do I contact my doctor?

Call 270-442-8575. This number is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We prefer that calls after hours and weekends be emergency only.

How do I get my medications refilled?

Since we utilize computerized records, we prefer you have your pharmacy contact us directly. Some pharmacies may require mail-in prescriptions, and, of course, the old-fashioned written prescription is still an option.

What happens if I get sick after hours?

Minor illnesses can often be managed by phone or at Baptist Prime Care in Village Square. True emergencies will be referred to the closest emergency room.

Which hospital should I use?

We admit to both Lourdes and Western Baptist Hospitals in Paducah. If you are admitted to another hospital, transfer can be arranged.