Did You Know????
The Canandaigua Medical Group Departments of Internal Medicine has Office Hours every Saturday Morning from 8AM until 12 Noon in our Canandaigua Office.
The Department of Internal Medicine now charges $15.00/form for certain forms needing to be filled out if it is not done during your office visit.
Department of Internal Medicine has 7 physicians and 3 nurse
practitioners. They see patients in
the Canandaigua office and are accepting new patients. See the services provided by the department of Internal Medicine.
||Michelle Steffers, MD
|Kipling Goh, MD
||Robert F. Weeden, DO*
|Michael Mitchko, MD
||Mary Ellen Alescio, FNP
|Jill K. Potts, MD
||Deborah Burger, NP
|Carl Sahler, MD
||Rachel Reed, MS
Ernesto Santana, MD
||Susan Zumbo, NP
What is a medical specialist?
A medical specialist is a physician
who has completed the usual four years of medical school plus
three to six years of training in a residency program
where there is extensive study and preparation for them to care for
patients in specific areas of medicine. As a resident the physician
in a hospital or ambulatory care setting under the supervision of teachers.
During this time the resident cares for patients, attends conferences,
and participates in research in the area of specialty being studied. At
the end of the residency the physician must complete a comprehensive
and examination in order to receive certification. Some specialty boards
also require re certification every seven to ten years to maintain
the certification. In addition the physician must participate
yearly continuing medical
What is an Internist?
are experts in adult medicine and care for the whole patient.
They solve problems with chronic and multiple illnesses no
matter how simple or complex. Of all primary care physicians,
the "doctors of internal medicine" (also called "internists")
are unique in their focus on adult medicine. They bring to
patients an understanding of wellness (disease prevention and
the promotion of health), women's health, substance abuse,
mental health, as well as effective treatment of common problems
of the eyes, ears, skin, nervous system and reproductive organs.
They are specially trained to solve complicated diagnostic
problems. They handle severe chronic illnesses and situations
where several different illnesses may strike at the same time.
Internists aim to take care of the patients for life in the
office or clinic, during hospitalization and intensive care,
and in nursing homes. When other medical specialists, such
as surgeons or obstetricians, are involved, they coordinate
their care for the patients and manage difficult medical problems
associated with that care. In fact, as medical consultants
to physicians in other specialties that they have earned the
nickname, "the doctor's doctor."
The doctors of internal medicine
are also known as "internists" or "general internists." This
should not be confused with "interns," who are doctors in their
first year of training after medical school. Nor are they the
same as "general practitioners" (GPs), or "family physicians" (FPs),
whose practices may include surgery, obstetrics and pediatrics,
and whose training is not solely concentrated on adults.
What is a Nurse Practitioner?
nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered professional nurse
with advanced education and clinical training in a health care
specialty area. Nurse practitioners work with people of all
ages and their families, providing information people need
to make informed decisions about their health care and lifestyle
choices. Nurse practitioners evaluate the health status of
patients through history taking, physical examination and evaluation
of laboratory tests. They provide comprehensive health care
wellness evaluations as well as assess and manage acute minor
illnesses and refer patients to physicians and other health
care providers when necessary. The nurse practitioner prescribes
medicines and other therapies when it is appropriate. At the
Canandaigua Medical Group, your doctor reviews all notes of
your visits with the nurse practitioner. The physician remains
ultimately responsible for your health care. Through the nurse
practitioner your doctor can be more responsive to your individual
Practitioners have been in practice with the Canandaigua Medical
Group (CMG) for over 20 years. Initially they practiced only
in Internal Medicine but today they work within all the specialty
areas of CMG.
Nurse Practitioner movement began over 25 years ago in Colorado
at a time of a severe physician shortage. Registered nurses were
trained in advanced techniques of diagnosis and treatment to
fill the need during that time. Today, most of our nurse practitioners
have had at least 8 years of education and clinical practice
before they take their first job. All of them had been practicing
as registered nurses before they went back to school for their
at the Canandaigua Medical Group, they are an integral part of
the health care team. They practice in the collaborative relationship
with our physician colleagues, diagnosing and treating both acute
and chronic illnesses. They are able to prescribe medications,
order, perform and interpret diagnostic studies and lab work,
provide immunizations, perform physical exams, check ups and
promote health seeking behavior and wellness. They counsel, educate,
teach and treat individuals and families about their total health
professional health care specialists, they bring their years of nursing
experience and education to the care of each individual and family.
are more than 8,600 Nurse Practitioners certified to practice
in New York State and some of the very best are here at the Canandaigua
Medical Group as integral members of your health care team.