Overview

Comforting hands, compassionate care

Mayo Clinic's General Internal Medicine professionals focus on:

  • Assessing people with multiple medical or health concerns. This includes those with complex or unexplained symptoms — such as shortness of breath, kidney issues and high blood pressure — who need help in diagnosing their illness.
  • Collaboration, which means you may be referred to a surgeon or other doctors on Mayo Clinic's multispecialty team of experts. Your general internal medicine doctor then creates an individualized treatment plan that complements the care you receive from your local primary care provider.
  • Healthy lifestyle, early disease detection and disease prevention strategies, such as mammograms, Pap smears, cholesterol screening and blood pressure screening.

A general internal medicine appointment varies at each of Mayo Clinic's campuses — located in Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. Typically it includes a general physical examination and laboratory or imaging tests. Your general internal medicine team provides seamless referral to other Mayo Clinic specialists and services as needed. This care model ensures that you get exactly the care you need. Everything is well coordinated, and nearly all services are provided under one roof, in one location.

Your care is provided in a clinical environment supported by education and research that yields new medical advances and treatments.

Mayo Clinic's Division of General Internal Medicine is one of the largest academic general internal medicine divisions in the world. The areas of expertise and services of Mayo Clinic's General Internal Medicine groups in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota are summarized below.

Arizona

At Mayo Clinic's campus in Scottsdale, Arizona, you may be cared for by general internal medicine doctors, nurses and advanced practice professionals in the following areas:

  • Consultative medicine, which focuses on helping adults with complex or multiple unexplained symptoms who need help in diagnosing their illness.
  • Executive Health Program, which offers preventive care through a focused, efficient, individualized experience to help people gain more healthy years doing what they love in their personal and professional lives.
  • Integrative Medicine and Health, which helps people with cancer, persistent pain, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and many other conditions better manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life with an integrated health and wellness approach.
  • International medicine, which serves people who come from outside of the United States seeking medical care at Mayo Clinic.
  • Palliative medicine, which focuses on providing people relief from pain and other symptoms of serious illness.
  • Vascular testing for preventive health.
  • Travel medicine.

Florida

A doctor, nurse and residents (residency is part of advanced medical education) work together. Teamwork

Teamwork among nurses, doctors and medical residents is a key part of Mayo Clinic's commitment to effective, coordinated care.

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At Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, you may be cared for by general internal medicine doctors, nurses and advanced practice professionals in the following areas:

  • Consultative and diagnostic medicine, which offers both the understanding and managing of aspects of the general health care of adults. You'll also be offered preventive care and disease prevention strategies to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. And referrals to specialists will be made based on your medical needs.
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Clinic, which is tailored specifically to the needs of people living with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.
  • Executive Health Program, which offers preventive care through a focused, efficient, individualized experience to help people gain more healthy years doing what they love in their personal and professional lives.
  • Integrative Medicine and Health, which offers services for your physical, emotional, spiritual and mental health and well-being by integrating the science of lifestyle and complementary modalities with the latest advances in conventional medicine.
  • International medicine, in which doctors experienced in the special needs of international patients provide seamless, coordinated and comprehensive consultative care.
  • Fibromyalgia Clinic, which is a two-day session available by doctor referral for people living with fibromyalgia.
  • Women's Health Specialty Center, where women's health experts provide a range of services, including consultations for menopause and sexual health.

Minnesota

Staff coordinating a patient's care at an appointment desk Seamless care coordination

Your care team works together to ensure seamless care if you need to be seen by other specialists.

At Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, you may be cared for by general internal medicine doctors, nurses and advanced practice professionals in the following areas:

  • Breast Clinic, which helps people at high risk of breast cancer, people who have a new diagnosis of breast cancer or a history of breast cancer with new needs, breast cancer survivors, and people with conditions that affect breast skin (Breast Dermatology Clinic).
  • Consultative Medicine Clinic, which provides medical consultation on current symptoms and illness. Your visit begins with an initial consultation with an internal medicine doctor who recommends additional testing and consultations. The consultative medicine team facilitates these appointments on your behalf. At the end of the visit, you'll see the doctor for a wrap-up visit to develop a plan of care and answer any questions. You'll receive a summary document, which you may share with your local health care provider. This team specializes in complex medical care and undiagnosed symptoms.
  • General Internal Medicine Consult Service, which provides complex inpatient consultative medical care to patients of inpatient surgical teams and medical specialty teams at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. This team collaborates closely with patients and with other Mayo Clinic care teams to optimize the safety, efficiency and quality of care of people who have major surgery and other specialized inpatient care at Mayo Clinic. This team also maintains leading roles in perioperative medicine and in other consultative care.
  • Executive Health Program, which offers preventive care through a focused, efficient, individualized experience to help people gain more healthy years doing what they love in their personal and professional lives.
  • Home parenteral nutrition (HPN), in which a specialized, multidisciplinary team works to provide nutritional care for people that require home enteral nutrition or parenteral nutrition. Your HPN team includes doctors, advanced practice providers, pharmacists, nurses and dietitians. Since the program was developed around 1980, the HPN program has treated more than 1,700 people. The HPN team works closely with other specialty groups within Mayo Clinic, including surgery, gastroenterology and medical oncology.
  • Integrative Medicine and Health, which has expertise in an area often referred to as complementary and alternative medicine. This team helps people manage symptoms for many conditions, including fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and post-COVID-19 syndrome, with an integrated health and wellness approach. Services include stress management and resiliency, nutrition, weight, acupuncture, massage therapy, wellness coaching, and herbal and supplement consultations.
  • International Medicine Clinic, in which doctors experienced in the special needs of international patients provide seamless, coordinated and comprehensive consultative care.
  • Menopause and Women's Sexual Health Clinic, which offers a confidential, compassionate approach and individualized care plans.

Consultative Medicine Clinic in Minnesota

Learn how a consultative medicine visit at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota can help you.

Elizabeth (Liz) A. Gilman, M.D., General Internal Medicine: Hello and welcome to the General Internal Medicine Division and the Consultative Medicine Clinic. My name is Dr. Liz Gilman. On behalf of the consultative medicine team, we'd like to thank you for choosing Mayo Clinic for your care. I'd like to take a few moments to share with you a few things about your consultation and our care team. In the Consultative Medicine Clinic in General Internal Medicine and throughout Mayo Clinic, we practice medicine as a team. Our teams include physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, fellows, residents, pharmacists and other allied health staff. Throughout your time at Mayo Clinic, you may meet with various members of this team. But all care plans are reviewed by the physician leading your care team. Our entire team is invested in your care and wants this to be a successful visit for you. Please know that sometimes we will need the input of other specialists. We will coordinate these appointments in as timely a fashion as possible and hopefully within the timeframe of your stay here in Rochester. Please be aware however that some specialty appointments may need you to return at a later time.

At Mayo Clinic we practice consultative medicine. This means that our goal is to meet with you and learn about your individual needs and concerns, work very hard to address those needs while you're here and develop a care plan for you and your local provider to follow long term. As consultative providers, we are not a replacement for your local care provider or other specialty providers at home. If you do not have a provider at home, let us know and we will do our best to connect you with one. At the end of your consultation with us, a summary document will be made available to you. This document will assist in transitioning your care back to your local care team.

Christopher (Chris) A. Aakre, M.D., General Internal Medicine: My name is Dr. Chris Aakre. We want to meet and exceed your expectations. To help us achieve this, we ask you to fill in an appointment request form. This allows us to review your situation and better understand your goals and needs and to develop an itinerary. This will be reviewed by one of our physicians. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate all the requests we receive for care nor are we able to address all the concerns in an appointment request. Also, we may not be able to address additional requests that arise at the time of the visit. The last thing I want to talk about today is patient online services. This is Mayo Clinic's patient portal, and we encourage you to sign up for a portal account. It provides an easy, convenient way to contact your care team at Mayo Clinic and gives you instant access to valuable information, such as test results, appointment schedules and notes from your care team. If you have other questions or concerns during your visit to Mayo Clinic, please let us know and thank you again for choosing Mayo Clinic for your care.

Learn more about what to expect when you visit Mayo Clinic and get tips on preparing for your visit so that you get the most benefit. After you return home, it's important that you have a local primary care doctor to oversee your continuing care and any needed prescription refills. With your permission, the Division of General Internal Medicine shares with your local primary care doctor a summary of exam results and care you received while at Mayo Clinic. The clinic also offers Patient Online Services, including, if you wish, a way for your local doctor to access your health information.

Contact

Arizona

  • Mayo Clinic General Internal Medicine
  • 13400 E. Shea Blvd.
    Scottsdale, AZ 85259
  • Phone: 800-446-2279

Florida

  • Mayo Clinic General Internal Medicine
  • 4500 San Pablo Road
    Jacksonville, FL 32224
  • Phone: 904-953-0853

Minnesota

  • Mayo Clinic General Internal Medicine
  • 200 First St. SW
    Rochester, MN 55905
  • Phone: 507-538-3270

Mayo Clinic Health System

July 22, 2022