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What can I expect during my first visit with an internist?

During your first visit with your internist, you will be asked about your medical history and examined to gather information on your current symptoms.

It is essential to be honest while answering the doctors' questions as they bear serious implications for your treatment plan. Please remember to bring a list of medications that you are on, including herbal preparations, supplements, vitamins, and over-the-counter drugs. A caregiver, friend or family member can accompany you during your visit.

During your first visit your internist will:

  • Listen attentively to your concerns and questions
  • Examine you and go through your test results
  • Make a diagnosis
  • Offer you a clear explanation of your health condition
  • Give you referrals to other specialists if needed
  • Set up and explain the treatment plan
  • Prescribe medicine
  • Provide you with final recommendations for you and your referring doctor
  • Schedule additional tests and consultations - if needed - with other specialists

At the end of your visit, he will ask questions to ensure that you understand the diagnosis and the treatment plan.

During your first visit you should:

  • Give as many details as you can about your symptoms.
  • Answer the doctor's questions with a positive, sincere attitude

The more time you take to prepare for your first visit to an internist, the more likely you will have an effective consultation with an accurate diagnosis and the most suitable treatment for you. After your visit, you can share and discuss your results with your local primary care doctor.

Disclaimer: We do not assume responsibility for the use of the provided information or its interpretation. Our efforts are towards providing current and reliable information; however these should not be considered, or used as a substitute for diagnosis or treatment.

Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/