An internist is a personal physician who provides long-term, comprehensive care in the office and in the hospital, managing both common and complex illnesses of adolescents, adults and the elderly. Internists are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, infections and diseases affecting the heart, blood, kidneys, joints and the 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.
Every specialty has unique factors they want each candidate to have in their residency application. NRMP conducts regular Program Director surveys to identify which parts of the residency application are most important in differing specialties. Among the information gathered, Program Directors were asked to cite factors they used to select candidates for interviews. They were also asked to rate each factor on a scale from 1 (least important) to 5 (most important).
|Total Training||3 years|
|Average Residency Salary||$56,971.18|
|Average Physician Salary||$264,000|
|Average Work Week||54.9 Hours|
|Peak Interview Months||November, January|
|Offers the following program training tracks:||Preliminary (1 year) Categorical (Full training)|
|Key Organizations and Societies:||Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine
American College of Osteopathic Internists
American College of Physicians (ACP)
Association of Professors of Medicine (APM)
Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine (CDIM)
Society of General Internal Medicine