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What is Internal Medicine?

As part of ACP’s ongoing efforts to communicate the unique value of internal medicine, we are implementing an awareness campaign to fortify the identity of internists and reinforce pride of profession in internal medicine. The core of this iniative is a new definition of internal medicine that ACP, and we hope others, will use to clarify how internists are unique and define what sets us apart. The definition was crafted with input from colleagues in other internal medicine organizations and vetted through research among internists.

"Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness."

Here are some ways in which you can join ACP in promoting internal medicine:

For ACP Members

Show Your Pride

Now you have a whimsical and stylish way to answer the question, "What exactly is an internist?" Choose from a variety of designs for T-shirts and coffee mugs and show your internal medicine pride!

I Think Therefore I.M. T-shirt I.M. - Your Doctor's Doctor Mug

Download a Free Poster

Choose from two poster designs that highlight key aspects of internal medicine.

Internal Medicine Word Cloud poster Internal Medicine Word Cloud poster
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Share Your Thoughts

What's your definition of internal medicine? Use the Twitter hashtag #IMdefined to tell us what you like best about internal medicine.

 

For Your Patients

Spread the word about internists and internal medicine to patients and others. Direct them to ACP's Patients & Families section to learn more about internal medicine and:

 

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