Treatment

The staff physicians in the Division of General Internal Medicine (GIM) are board-certified general internists who specialize in the care of adult patients with various symptoms and medical issues. The GIM practice is comprised of physicians and resident physicians, as well as physician assistants and nurse practitioners. These individuals assist in managing ongoing medical issues and are an integral part of the GIM practice.

Mayo's General Internal Medicine physicians provide:

  • Care for patients with undefined symptoms and complaints, such as shortness of breath, chest pain, and new occurrences of pain, to help in diagnosis and treatment recommendations

  • Coordination of patient care provided by surgeons and other specialists at Mayo Clinic

  • Preventive screening services for health maintenance, for example, mammograms, Pap smears, routine colon cancer screening evaluations, cholesterol screening, and blood pressure screening

  • Collaborative care of patients with chronic medical illnesses, including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and emphysema, throughout the various stages of their illness

  • Comprehensive management of medical needs for hospitalized patients

  • Preoperative evaluation of medical risks prior to surgery

Patients are seen for general health examinations as well as for consultation on complex medical problems. Appointments can be requested individually, or a local physician can refer a patient to General Internal Medicine.

If a referral is needed for other specialty services, laboratory testing or imaging (radiology), a General Internal Medicine physician can arrange and coordinate the referral. After all tests and consultations are completed, the General Internal Medicine physician will follow up by appointment or written correspondence to summarize the visit to Mayo Clinic.