The General Internist
General Internists handle the broad and comprehensive spectrum of illnesses that affect adults. They are recognized as experts in diagnosis, in treatment of chronic illness, and in health promotion and disease prevention.
The term "hospitalist," first coined in 1996 in an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, refers to general internal medicine physicians who care exclusively for hospitalized patients.
Internal Medicine Subspecialists
Subspecialists in internal medicine are experts in the diagnosis and management of diseases of a specific type (e.g., infectious diseases) or diseases affecting a single organ system (e.g., the heart).
Further specialization after subspecialty fellowship training is also available through one-year additional fellowships in:
Imagine the Possibilities: Careers in Internal Medicine
This career-counseling brochure contains information about careers in internal medicine and is designed for medical and pre-medical students.
Benefits of ACP Membership for Students: ACP's free Medical Student Membership includes benefits designed especially to meet students' needs.
Find a Residency
Search ACP's Internal Medicine Residency Database for information on all internal medicine residency programs in the U.S. and Canada. (ACP Members only)
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ACP Smart Medicine is a new, online clinical decision support tool specifically for internal medicine. Get rapid point-of-care access to evidence-based clinical recommendations and guidelines. Plus, users can easily earn CME credit. Learn more