Med Peds Physican Now Accepting Patients at AIM Health
We are excited to announce that we now can care for your entire family. Dr. Annie Mack, an Internal Medicine and Pediatrics physician (also known as “Med Peds physician”), is board certified in both Pediatrics and Internal Medicine. She can care for parent and child family members, and this can lead to a richer experience for both. Whether it is helping a mom and newborn struggling with lack of sleep and mood or helping a parent care for their health and caring for a child with complex medical needs.
An Internal Medicine and Pediatrics physician in Oregon is a doctor who has completed a combined residency training in both Internal Medicine (IM) and Pediatrics (Peds). The Med Peds Residency training involves rotating between the IM and Peds departments with an additional 4th year of training compared to 3 years for the other primary care specialties. The additional year allows a Med Peds physician to have more time with outpatient subspecialists, outpatient continuity primary care clinic, as well as hospital medicine. A Med Peds doctor becomes double board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics after completing residency.
Dr. Mack continues to maintain board certification in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics with ongoing board exams, maintenance of certification projects, as well as with continuing medical education in both fields.
What Can Adult Patients Expect?
Med Peds physicians have extensive training in complex disease management in order to become more proficient at diagnosing and treating these diseases. This can include diabetes, chronic kidney disease, asthma, COPD, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure, dementia. Dr. Mack brings a great deal of experience from residency in the hospital wards, medical and cardiac ICU. She has worked with Cardiologists and Pulmonologists in their outpatient clinics learning to manage complex heart and lung diseases from a primary care perspective.
What Can Parents or Kids Expect?
Med Peds physicians complete their training in the Pediatrics department during residency and become board certified in Pediatrics and maintain that board certification. Just like general Pediatricians, Med Peds physicians spend several months of training in the Neonatal ICU and Pediatric ICU, general Pediatrics wards, as well as working closely with Pediatric sub-specialists.
Dr. Mack can care for and provide general pediatric care for infants and children. “In the beginning, we might talk about breastfeeding, when to start solid foods, sleeping challenges, managing temper tantrums, and vaccine questions,” said Dr. Mack. “As children grow and transition into the school age years, different challenges may arise related to school and social-emotional concerns. Many parenting questions often arise outside of routine well child checks. The AIM model is well set up to handle these questions.”