Internal Medicine Specialist

Shawn Hamilton, MD

Internists located in Irvine, CA

Taking good care of yourself begins by finding a primary care physician who has a broad range of knowledge and experience in medicine. Dr. Hamilton is a board-certified Internist skilled in making complex medical decisions and make an accurate diagnosis based on her experience and training to help you differentiate simple symptoms which may or may not lead to complex illnesses. At the practice of Shawn Hamilton, MD, you will receive exemplary care. She will help you maintain your good health and help you understand the options for diagnosis and treatment. Call her at her office in Irvine, California, or book an appointment online.

Internal Medicine Q & A

Shawn Hamilton, MD

What is Internal Medicine?

Internal medicine, sometimes referred to as general medicine, is a medical specialty with a focus on the diagnosis and treatment of adult diseases. Internists, the physicians who practice this specialty, also emphasize preventive care and monitor your health by conducting diagnostic tests, such as blood studies, on a regular basis.

Internists are unique in that their training gives them expertise in treating a broad spectrum of diseases. They can treat chronic diseases, such as diabetes, as well as acute problems, such as a severe case of poison ivy. They are known for their diagnostic skills and are adept at piecing symptoms together to arrive at an accurate diagnosis.

What is the Role of Internists?

Internists like Dr. Shawn Hamilton, also known as primary care physicians, are the first contact for men and women seeking medical care for their symptoms and illnesses. After an examination, primary care physicians assess whether they can provide all the necessary care or if you’ll need a sub-specialist.  

Other responsibilities of primary care physicians include minimizing any delay in calling in medications, processing referrals, or managing lab and radiology orders. This role, called coordination of care, is crucial to ensuring that the men and women who visit their offices receive the best possible medical assistance. Dr. Hamilton has been praised for how efficiently her office can coordinate care, beginning the process even before you leave the office.

Are There Subspecialties in Internal Medicine?

Internists can receive additional training in a variety of fields beyond the three-year residency in internal medicine. Usually requiring another three-to-five years of training, internists can become certified in the following subspecialties recognized by the American Board of Internal Medicine:

  • Cardiology
  • Adolescent medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • Endocrinology
  • Critical care medicine
  • Geriatric medicine   
  • Medical oncology
  • Rheumatology
  • Pulmonary medicine


Where Do Internists Typically Practice?

The broad-based training that internists receive gives them many options for pursuing their field. Some may work only in a hospital and are called hospitalists. Other internists, like Dr. Hamilton, set up a practice and see people on an outpatient basis. She has practicing privileges at one or more hospitals and operates in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

If you’re looking for a primary care physician committed to keeping you healthy, get in touch with Dr. Hamilton today. Call or book an appointment online.