Academic medicine involves responsibilities in patient care, as well as research, teaching, and administration. In a single-specialty practice, all the physicians are general internists; in a multiple-specialty practice, there are internists, surgeons, pediatricians, etc., all in the same practice. Hospitalists are physicians who practice full-time hospital medicine. They manage patients while they are in the hospital and generally work shifts.
These fields are subspecialties of internal medicine and thus require an additional fellowship of 2-3 years’ duration in order to practice.
At this point, you can insert the specific goals for your particular group. This may be a good time to review the mission statement and goals document for your internal medicine interest group.
Fostering Excellence and Professionalism in the Practice of Internal Medicine
What is an internist, and what does an internist do?
Internists are specialists in adult medicine who provide the majority of health care to adults in the hospital or in the office. They:
Provide comprehensive, continuing care (primary care) to adolescents, adults, and the elderly. This includes women’s healthcare, depression, and anxiety.
Treat acute and chronic medical conditions.
Treat episodic, urgent, and emergent conditions.
Arrange consultations with other physicians and conduct preoperative evaluations for surgical colleagues.
What opportunities are available for an internal medicine specialist?
These subspecialties require completion of a 3-year internal medicine residency and additional fellowship training of up to 3 years.
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