Redmond Medical Clinic is a multi-specialty group consisting of two providers – one Internist and one Family Nurse Practitioner.
Our practice started in 2000 as Redmond Internal Medicine and became Redmond Medical Clinic as we expanded the scope of our service from adult to patients of all ages.
What is an “Internist”?
Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness.
At least three of their seven or more years of medical school and post graduate 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.
Simply put, internists are Doctors of Internal Medicine. You may see them referred to by several terms, including “internists,” “general internists” and “doctors of internal medicine.” But don’t mistake them with “interns,” who are doctors in their first year of residency training.
Although internists may act as primary care physicians, they are not “family physicians,” “family practitioners,” or “general practitioners,” whose training is not solely concentrated on adults and may include surgery, obstetrics and pediatrics.
Internists are equipped to deal with whatever problem a patient brings — no matter how common or rare, or how simple or complex. They are specially trained to solve puzzling diagnostic problems and can handle severe chronic illnesses and situations where several different illnesses may strike at the same time. They also bring to patients an understanding of wellness (disease prevention and the promotion of health), women’s health, substance abuse, mental health, as well As effective treatment of common problems of the eyes, ears, skin, nervous system and reproductive organs.
What is a Family Nurse Practitioner?
According to the International Council of Nurses, a Nurse Practitioner is a registered nurse who has acquired the knowledge base, decision-making skills and clinical competences for expanded practice beyond that of an R N.
A Family Nurse Practitioner treats the full life spectrum of the individual from infants to the geriatric population. Nurse Practitioners provide holistic services to their patients by directing care to all areas of an individual’s life. Although Nurse Practitioners emphasize health promotion and maintenance, they also diagnose and treat acute and chronic illnesses. Treatment of disease is only one component on a continuum of care. Nurse Practitioners blend life processes, incorporating all aspects of a person’s life, which is unique to nursing care. Nurse Practitioners emphasis on the total person extends the boundaries of nursing practice beyond the limits of traditional medicine.
Nurse Practitioners are required to be nationally board certified in the field in which they are licensed. In Oregon, Nurse Practitioners can serve as a patient’s primary care provider and can practice independently of a physician. However, often the relationship is one of collaboration as each brings a uniqueness to patient care. The physician and nurse practitioner work interdependently with each other to provide the patient with optimum care for the best outcomes.