Facts about Departments of Internal Medicine
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 What is Internal Medicine?

Accounting for approximately 200,000 of the nation’s 700,000 physicians, internal medicine is the largest, most diverse specialty in the United States.  Internal medicine includes the following subspecialties:

  • Allergy and Immunology
  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Internal Medicine
  • Geriatrics
  • Hematology
  • Hospital Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Nephrology
  • Oncology
  • Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
  • Rheumatology

 Tripartite Mission

Departments of internal medicine are dedicated to a tripartite mission of:

  • Educating the next generation of physicians (and other health care professionals)
  • Conducting groundbreaking research
  • Providing excellent clinical care

Academic internal medicine is the most dominant group of physicians contributing to these missions within US medical schools and teaching hospitals.

 Current Statistics

US Medical Schools 134
US Teaching Hospitals 400
Canadian Medical Schools 17
Accredited Internal Medicine Residency Programs 380
Accredited Internal Medicine Subspecialy Fellowship Training Programs 1,600

(as of 6/7/12)

 Training in Internal Medicine

Training in academic internal medicine occurs in both the university and community settings.  Besides teaching the next generation of physicians, academic medicine conducts cutting-edge research, provides high-level care for patients, and employs millions of Americans.  Many academic centers provide care for indigent patients.  Often, medical schools and teaching hospitals are affiliated with programs for other health providers, such as nurses, public health officers, and allied health professionals.  This combination of medical schools, other providers, and teaching hospitals forms the foundation of American medicine.

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