An early black and white image of a SREPCIM meeting, featuring an attendee standing at a microphone and addressing the room. SREPCIM was the original name of the Society of General Internal Medicine.

Our Origin

SGIM was founded in 1978 as the Society for Research and Education in Primary Care Internal Medicine (SREPCIM) with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It had 178 attendees at its inaugural meeting. In 1988, SREPCIM became the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) and today has more than 3,300 members.

Our Mission

SGIM's mission is to cultivate innovative educators, researchers, and clinicians in academic general internal medicine, leading the way to better health for everyone.

Our Vision

A just system of care in which all people can achieve optimal health.

Our Organizational Goals

  • Promote scholarship in person-centered and population-oriented approaches to improving health.
  • Foster the development of general internal medicine leaders in academic and other settings.
  • Ensure organizational health, including a thriving staff.
  • Advocate for our vision of a just health system that brings optimal health for all people.

Our Core Values

  • 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

Who We Are

SGIM is a diverse community of talented people in academic general internal medicine who are passionately committed to improving health through research, education, and advocacy.

Image of two smiling individuals at a conference, posing together for a photograph
Audience at an SGIM conference, with one participant standing to ask a question.

What We Do

We provide a forum and resources for our members to learn, teach, share ideas, disseminate work, and develop successful careers. We support and grow innovators and scholars who advance clinical practice, education, and research across all settings, including primary care and hospital medicine, with the common goals of eliminating health disparities and achieving the healthiest lives for all people.

Version Approved by SGIM Council January 2022