When choosing a primary care physician, or PCP, you usually have two choices: an internal medicine doctor or a family medicine doctor. But what’s the difference? And how do you know which type of doctor is best for you?\nFind a UPMC primary care physician. Call 1-855-676-UPMCPCP (8762)\u00a0or visit. For more information, visit the UPMC Primary Care website.\nFamily Medicine Doctors vs. Internal Medicine Doctors\nAlthough the two overlap in many areas, the difference is that\u00a0family medicine physicians\u00a0generally see patients of all ages, while internists focus on adults. Let’s break down the differences between these two types of primary care doctors:\n\nBoth internists and family medicine doctors focus on the total health of their patients and work to promote wellness and disease prevention.\nInternists’ training primarily focuses on general medical conditions common to adults, and many receive sub-specialty training in other areas such as sleep medicine, neurology, dermatology, or geriatrics.\nFamily medicine physicians also receive hospital training, but have a focus on outpatient care. They may also have training in pediatrics. Their focus is on treating individuals of all ages, from infants through seniors. You don\u2019t, however, need to be part of a family to have a family medicine doctor.\n\nRELATED: How to Choose a Primary Care Physician\nFinding the Primary Care That’s Right for You\nAn advantage of having a family medicine physician is that the whole family can be seen at the same office. You and your kids have continuity of care, and your family\u2019s medical records are securely held by the same doctor from childhood through adulthood.\nWhen deciding which\u00a0type of doctor to see, your best approach is to\u00a0find the physician you feel most comfortable with. Both types of doctors have the training to manage conditions ranging from common to complex.\u00a0Visit the office, talk with the doctors, ask about their approaches to care. Then choose what is best for you as an individual, or for you and your family.