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:
IM Essentials brings the self-assessment questions currently in MKSAP for Students and the textbook content of Internal Medicine Essentials for Clerkship Students together into a single, updated and integrated suite of educational materials with a variety of new enhancements. Learn more.
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)