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Focusing on a patient-first, preventative care approach, General Internal Medicine Group presents comprehensive services including routine physicals, travel immunizations, gynecological exams, disease screening, and laboratory testing. Physical examinations are scheduled for a longer time so doctors may discuss medical history and family background with patients to gain a complete understanding of patient health conditions and concerns. Preventative treatment includes appointments with the clinic’s dietician to ensure proper nutrition and advice regarding fitness and physical activity. The General Internal Medicine Group team comprises of a board certified endocrinologist, cardiologist, and rheumatologist, as well as several nurses, physician assistants, and other general-practice doctors. Operating regular business hours from 8 to 1 pm and 2 to 5 pm Monday through Friday, General Internal Medicine Group also holds extended appointment schedules. The Ballston office in Arlington remains open until 7:30 pm Tuesday through Thursday and also offers morning appointments and walk-ins Saturday 8 to 12:30 pm. The Fairfax office also remains open until 7:30 pm Tuesday through Thursday. Extended hours are implemented for patient convenience in order to meet patients’ needs as soon as possible. Equipped with the latest technologies, all physicians and staff are regularly trained in new developments regarding diagnostics and treatment. General Internal Medicine Group also conducts an array of testing including dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) for osteoporosis screening, cardio stress testing, and other lab work. For cardio stress testing, General Internal Medicine Group advises patients to abstain from smoking, eating, and drinking three hours prior to the test. Also, patients are encouraged to wear exercise clothes and bring running shoes and towel. Patients should consult their regular physician about whether to take medications prior to the exam. The clinic maintains an informative list of resources discussing diseases, travelling, and other topics online. Patients also receive preferred access on the website for easier methods in scheduling appointments, reviewing medication, viewing lab results, and many other services.