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Who Are We?

Our mission is to cultivate the next generation of educators, researchers, and clinicians in academic general internal medicine, leading the way to better health for everyone.

SGIM is the professional home for people working to improve health through academic general internal medicine. Our members understand the power of research and education to foster excellent care, and we stand committed to supporting them regardless of where they are on their career journey at any given time. Our programs, events, and networking opportunities accelerate professional advancement while our advocacy efforts promote a more equitable system of care that works for patients, communities, and our members.

Vision & Values

SGIM’s driving vision is a just system of care in which all people can achieve optimal health. To that end, our values include:

  • Excellence, innovation, and leadership in education, research, and clinical practice
  • High-value, evidence-based, person-centered, and community-oriented healthcare
  • Action and policy that dismantle structural racism and oppression
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Attention to population health outcomes and their social determinants
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration and team-based care
  • Collegiality, mentorship, and career development

Learn about Membership

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Membership Types

SGIM membership provides all members with a welcoming and lifelong learning community, a road to professional advancement, and a voice for the future of healthcare. SGIM offers three types of membership: full members, associate members, and emeritus members.

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Membership Benefits

By joining SGIM, you become a vital member of our community, a source of inspiration, intellectual challenge, and steady support. Career advancement is another core suite of benefits, from learning and networking at meetings to mentoring to leadership development training and opportunities. Advocacy is another key benefit of membership—together, our voices shape the future of healthcare.

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Our Leadership

SGIM's main governance board is the Council, which is comprised of 12 elected and six ad hoc members. The Council oversees the strategic directions of the Society. Each region of SGIM is governed by a slate of elected regional leaders.

Our Staff

Meet the SGIM staff.

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Contact us

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Our address and phone numbers

SGIM Headquarters
1500 King Street Ste 303 
Alexandria, VA 22314 

Toll Free: 800-822-3060
Local: 202-887-5150

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Our History

SGIM was founded as the Society for Research and Education in Primary Care Internal Medicine (SREPCIM) in 1978 with the help of a $130,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and an affiliation with the American College of Physicians (ACP). Today, SGIM is an international medical society of 3,300 physicians who are the primary care internal medical faculty of every medical school and major teaching hospital in the United States.

SGIM Business Reports

The following 2022-2023 business reports are available to members (login required):

  • SGIM Membership Report
  • SGIM Treasurer’s Report
  • SGIM Report from the Regions
  • The Journal of General Internal Medicine (JGIM)
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