Internists and psychiatrists have traditionally been trained in the physical and emotional aspects of patient care. Psychiatrists have been expected to be familiar with organic illnesses presenting as psychiatric disorders, while internists have been trained to recognize physical manifestations of psychiatric disease. Acknowledging the large overlap in the domains of these two specialties, and the increasing need for specialists trained to treat the broad spectrum of adult illness shared by internal medicine and psychiatry, the two specialties have agreed to offer combined training leading to dual certification.
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