Doctors in general internal medicine are trained to manage patients presenting with a wide range of acute and long term medical conditions and symptoms.
Doctors working in general internal medicine (GIM) have particular expertise in diagnostic reasoning, managing uncertainty, dealing with co-morbidities (complex medical problems involving multiple symptoms and conditions) and recognizing when specialty opinion or care is required.
The work involves:
Doctors specializing in GIM are part of the acute medical care workforce, which includes those who practice acute medicine, geriatrics and other ‘physically specialties’ such as gastroenterology, diabetes and endocrinology, respiratory medicine, cardiology, renal medicine and rheumatology.
Most doctors who practice GIM are also trained in another physically specialty or sub-specialty. Some physicians may also combine GIM with academic research or a non-clinical role.