General Internal Medicine Treatments & Programs
The Division of General Internal Medicine offers a number of specialty programs designed to support its responsibility to provide high quality patient care, to engage in medical education and to conduct innovative research.
Ambulatory Care Center Medical Practice
Located on the second floor of the Steven Spielberg Building, the General Internal Medicine Clinic provides a range of outpatient services to the adult population. This care ranges from screening and preventive health measures to management of diabetes and heart failure.
Attending physicians and medical residents see patients in a primary care setting, using the resources of the Medical Center, including imaging, pharmacy and laboratory services. Through referrals to specialty clinics, the range of outpatient clinical services are made available to patients who see a primary care physician in the Medicine Clinic.
The Procedure Center, located in Suite 5725 in the South Tower, provides both diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in addition to placement of PICCs (peripherally inserted central catheter) to inpatients and outpatients. Care is provided for patients from infant through geriatrics. All pediatric outpatients are to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Procedure Center physicians, who are procedural trained, provide consultations, evaluations, diagnostic and therapeutic treatments Monday through Friday during hours of operation. Elective procedures have moderate sedation available.
Critical Care Medicine
What Is Critical Care?
According to the Society of Critical Care Medicine, critical care is the medical and nursing care provided to patients facing life-threatening illness or injury. An estimated 80 percent of all Americans will experience critical care as the patient or family or friend of a patient during their lifetime.
Critical Care at Cedars-Sinai
Critical care is provided to patients by an integrated team of board-certified specialists, residents, nurses, respiratory therapists and others. Settings for this care include the Medical ICU and the Respiratory ICU. In addition, depending on fluctuating need, other areas provide transitional care for those patients who no longer require critical care in the ICU but who have not yet sufficiently recovered to allow routine, inpatient care.
The Procedure Center infusion section is integrated into the Procedure Center located in Suite 5725 in the South Tower. The center provides therapeutic infusions to outpatients.
Infusions are inclusive of blood products, medications and/or IV fluids. Care is provided as described for the Procedure Center except for moderate sedation and chemotherapy agents for cancer treatment.
House Physician Program
A patient's primary physician is responsible for coordinating the patient's care during inpatient hospitalization. Nevertheless, there will be times when that physician may not be immediately available to evaluate a patient during an emergency situation in the hospital. Such situations may include new chest pain or clinical deterioration requiring transfer of a patient to the intensive care unit. To ensure high-quality care in this setting, a House Physician cares for patients in coordination with their primary physician until the primary physician is available. (The term "House" refers to a hospital inpatient setting and not to the patient's home.)
The House Physician Service is staffed by full-time faculty members of the Division of General Internal Medicine, supplemented by additional part-time physicians, and is available around the clock. The service does not substitute for the primary physician's care but instead supplements it in emergency situations when the primary physician may not be immediately available.
Inpatient Consult & Faculty Hospitalist Service
A multidisciplinary team of attending physicians, medical residents, social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, dietitians and others provide a range of inpatient services for those patients whose acute illnesses require hospitalization.
Attending physicians and residents assist in the care of patients hospitalized by other services, providing advice and opinions related to diseases in the discipline of internal medicine.