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:
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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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