You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.
Become a Fellow
ACP offers a number of resources to help members make sense of the MOC requirements and earn points.
Understanding MOC Requirements
Earn MOC points
The most comprehensive meeting in Internal Medicine.
April 11-13, 2019
Internal Medicine Meeting 2019
Prepare for the Certification and Maintenance of Certification (MOC)
Exam with an ACP review course.
Board Certification Review Courses
MOC Exam Prep Courses
Treating a patient? Researching a topic? Get answers now.
Visit AnnalsLearn More
Visit MKSAP 18Learn More
Visit DynaMed Plus
Ensure payment and avoid policy violations. Plus, new resources to help you navigate the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).
Access helpful forms developed by a variety of sources for patient charts, logs, information sheets, office signs, and use by practice administration.
ACP advocates on behalf on internists and their patients on a number of timely issues. Learn about where ACP stands on the following areas:
© Copyright 2018 American College of Physicians. All Rights Reserved. 190 North Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1572
Toll Free: (800) 523.1546 · Local: (215) 351.2400
The basic structure of internal medicine as a specialty can be confusing since there are so many options for practice focus within the specialty. However, all internists share a basic core of training that forms the foundation for whichever discipline within internal medicine they choose to pursue.
Basic training in internal medicine is three years of residency (termed ‘categorical’ training) following medical school. Following completion of three years of training, residents are eligible for board certification in internal medicine. About half of the country’s internal medicine residents choose to practice General Internal Medicine. General internists are capable of functioning in a number of different roles. For example, many focus on ambulatory practice and may serve as primary care physicians, following patients longitudinally for their ongoing medical care. Others may spend a majority of their time caring for hospitalized patients in the role of hospitalist (over 90% of hospitalists are general internists). However, many general internists care for both ambulatory and hospitalized patients in a very wide variety of practice models.
Others choose to pursue additional training beyond the basic three years of residency training, subspecializing in a particular area of interest within internal medicine. Some of the subspecialties of internal medicine and their associated area of interest include:
Internal medicine training may also be combined with training in another specialty, leading to board certification in both fields. These dual training programs are generally structured to be shorter than the time it would take to complete an independent residency in both fields, and graduates of these programs are particularly qualified to care for patients in both areas of focus. Examples include internal medicine and pediatrics, emergency medicine, and psychiatry.
Internists may also develop specific skills in other areas of interest, although individuals may achieve qualification in these areas from backgrounds other than internal medicine. Examples include geriatrics, sports medicine, hospice and palliative care medicine, and sleep medicine.