Internal medicine, also called general medicine (in Commonwealth nations) is the medical specialty dealing with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of adult diseases. Physicians specializing in internal medicine are called internists, or physicians.
Hospitalists and primary care
- Internists are especially skilled in the management of patients who have undifferentiated or multi-system disease processes. Internists that take care of patients primarily in the outpatient setting are called primary care physicians.
- Internists care for hospitalized and ambulatory patients and may play a major role in teaching and research. Those internists and other physicians that focus on taking care of hospitalized patients are called hospitalists.
What do Internal Medicine physicians do?
- Internal medicine physicians who diagnose and provide non-surgical treatment of diseases and injuries of internal organ systems.
- They provide care mainly for adults who have a wide range of problems associated with the internal organs.
- Subspecialists, such as cardiologists, gastroenterologists, pulmonologists, endocrinologists, hematologists, oncologists, nephrologists etc are internal medicine physicians that specialize after internal medicine training.
Education of internal medicine physicians
Internal medicine residency training
Subspecialties of internal medicine
Job opportunities and prospects
For job profile and outlook, see BLS.GOV
Famous internal medicine physicians
- International Society of Internal Medicine
- Internal Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand
- The American Board of Internal Medicine
- Canadian Society of Internal Medicine
- The American College of Osteopathic Internists
- American College of Physicians