The Internist, called general physician in some countries, is a physician who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and medical treatment of diseases of adults. Internists are skilled in the management of patients with undifferentiated or multi-system disease and care for patients in hospital, out patient clinics or ambulatory settings.

Internists may have subspeciality interests in diseases affecting particular organs or systems and subspecialities of internal medicine include allergy and immunology, cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, haematology, infectious diseases, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, oncology, pulmonology, and rheumatology. Geriatrics is a subspeciality concerned with the care of the elderly. Some internists work as hospitalists managing hospital in patients only.

Training and Qualifications

Internists complete a postgraduate training programme or residency in Internal Medicine and obtain a specialist fellowship or board certification in Internal Medicine or Acute and General Medicine in some jurisdictions. 

Most of our candidates have one or more of the following qualifications in Internal Medicine:

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians with Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT)
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP)
  • Fachartz in Internal Medicine
  • DES in Internal Medicine (France)
  • Italian Board of Internal Medicine
  • Spanish Board of Internal Medicine

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