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Becoming a General Internist

What is a General Internist?


Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness.

1. The general internist is the “quarterback” of care, coordinating a patient’s care among specialists while building life-long relationships with patients.

2. Internists are leading the charge into the future of health care by innovating new health care delivery systems that serve our patients better.

3. Internists are the primary care doctors you turn to throughout the life-cycle, when you’re young and healthy, when you confront health difficulties, and the trusted advisor you turn to after receiving advice from specialists.

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Necessary Training for General Internists


1. Attain a Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) Degree

2. Undergo at least 3 years of special study and training (called a general internal medicine residency) in a program accredited by the American Council for Graduate Medical Education

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Mentorship Opportunities

SGIM is committed to mentorship in the past and continues to strive to provide its members with programs that meet their personal and professional growth needs.  SGIM's Mentoring Opportunities