Nature of the work
A personal physician who provides long-term comprehensive care in the office and the hospital, managing both common and complex illness of adolescents, adults, and the elderly. Internists are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of of cancer, infections, and diseases affecting the heart, blood, kidneys, joints and digestive, respiratory, and vascular systems. They are also trained in the essentials of primary care internal medicine which incorporates an understanding of disease prevention, wellness, substance abuse, mental health, and effective treatment of common problems of the eyes, ears, skin, nervous system, and reproductive organs.
Internists can receive training in the following subspecialties:
Adolescent MedicineCardiovascular DiseaseClinical Cardiac ElectrophysiologyCritical Care MedicineEndocrinology, Diabetes & MetabolismGastroenterologyGeriatric MedicineHematologyHospice and Palliative MedicineInfectious DiseaseInterventional CardiologyMedical OncologyNephrologyPulmonary DiseaseRheumatologySleep MedicineSports MedicineTransplant Hepatology
The residency for general internal medicine is three years. To practice in an internal medicine subspecialty requires from one to three years of additional training.
The annual salary ranges from $184,200 to $231,691.