Dr. Nugent has been trained in three medical specialties.
Having studied Internal Medicine, Dr. Nugent has been trained to provide care to adult patients suffering from a wide range of illnesses and diseases, ranging from the very common to the very rare. Dr. Nugent is also trained in general medicine, and is capable of treating patients for diseases that may have overlapping symptoms or complications.
Internal medicine is a specialized field of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of all types of adult diseases. Due to the fact that there are thousands of different diseases and afflictions that affect adults, internists (physicians who practice internal medicine) often serve as primary care physicians to their patients.
Internists play a crucial role in the diagnosis of disease in adult patients and perform a variety of diagnostic procedures and tests to assist in this process. Internists are trained to perform and analyze blood tests, review family histories, review diagnostic imaging tests, skin tests, biopsies, stress tests and endoscopies, among many other procedures, depending upon the patient’s condition or apparent symptoms.
Doctors of internal medicine are prepared to provide treatment patients with diseases that relate to, or encompass, more than one bodily system. It is this expertise that allows internists to be the “puzzle solvers” of primary care when it comes to making diagnoses; internists are often consulted for their diagnostic capabilities when other primary care physicians are unable to arrive at the correct diagnosis.
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Having studied Internal Medicine / Pediatrics, Dr. Nugent has been trained to practice both internal medicine and pediatrics (often abbreviated as "Med-Peds"), providing ongoing and comprehensive medical care for those of all ages by drawing on training in both medical specialties. Dr. Nugent is able to provide care in a family context, utilizing vast knowledge in both fields to provide a unique spectrum of care.
Internal medicine/pediatrics is a medical specialty, sometimes abbreviated as “med-peds,” which combines two medical disciplines into one, caring for adult disease (internal medicine) and children (pediatrics). As internal medicine/pediatric Physicians, these doctors are trained to care for patients from the time they are very young until they are old, providing a unique spectrum of care. By providing care to multiple generations of families, med-peds physicians are able to utilize a greater familiarity of the family history and patients' predispositions to provide care that may not be possible from other specialists or fields.
Internal medicine/pediatric physicians are capable of acting as general or family practitioners, but are also trained as Internists and pediatricians. As internists, these physicians have received the proper training to care for the vast array of diseases and disorders that affect people as adults. As pediatricians, these physicians are trained to care for the various medical needs of infants, children and adolescents. Thus, having trained in both these areas, med-peds physicians are uniquely trained to care for the needs of both children and adults.
Having trained in internal medicine and pediatrics, med-peds physicians are trained to provide the same, wide range of care as other internists and pediatricians. Many of these physicians tend to practice this role as a primary care provider in office settings, while others are employed in hospitals.
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Having studied Pediatrics, Dr. Nugent has been trained to provide comprehensive medical care for infants, children and adolescents, acting as their primary care physician. Dr. Nugent has the experience and skills to provide the proper medical care for children of all ages, working closely with parents to ensure that the child is developing and maturing properly
Pediatrics is a medical specialty concerned with providing primary medical care to infants, children and adolescents. If possible, children typically see the same pediatrician from birth until around 18 years of age (sometimes longer), fostering the creation of a rapport between the physician and child that allows for more comprehensive and complete care. Because the pediatrician is familiar with the child and can see growth and medical history firsthand, they are in a better position to provide the highest quality of care.
General pediatricians are trained to provide the unique medical care that children require; although children can be treated by general or family practitioners, pediatricians are in a much better position to provide comprehensive care. When providing care, pediatricians have many goals in mind. These include controlling infectious disease, reducing the mortality rates of infants and children and promoting and developing healthy lifestyles among children.
Pediatricians are well equipped to diagnose and treat a variety of illnesses, diseases and injuries experienced by children. These may include general infections and illnesses (such as fevers, sore throats, ear infections, etc.) and minor injuries, as well as some diseases. Pediatricians are trained to identify mental or emotional stressors in children that may lead to psychiatric or mental health complications, including developmental and anxiety disorders, behavioral problems and functional complications, among other indicators.
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