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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
I.M. Your Doctor's Doctor T-Shirt

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! Purchase ACP products



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:


Meet ACP's Leadership

Earn CME Credits with ACP

Earn CME Credits with ACP

ACP offers internists many CME options for the completion of AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™. Attend live meetings, work online, or watch course recordings on your own schedule.

Explore our many CME credit options.


Introducing DynaMed Plus
The Next-Generation Clinical Information Resource

DynaMed Plus is a collaboration between ACP and EBSCO Health. ACP members enjoy free access to this comprehensive tool that optimizes time to answer for busy clinicians, like you. Get started now!