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Vision and Values

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, and had 178 attendees at its inaugural meeting. In 1988, SREPCIM became the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) and today has more than 3,000 members.

What is 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.

What is our vision?

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

What are 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.

What do we value?

  • Excellence, innovation, and leadership in education, research, and clinical practice
  • High-value, evidence-based, person-centered, and community-oriented health care
  • 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 are we?

  • 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.

What do 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

Read "A Sabbatical Year for Organizational Rejuvination" Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSC, President, SGIM, and Eric B. Bass, MD, MPH, CEO, SGIM.  SGIM Forum September 2018.

Read "Starting With "Why"" Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSC, SGIM President.  SGIM Forum October 2018