Internal Medicine

FACT: In a study, among specialties considered to have uncontrollable lifestyles, internal medicine and pediatrics and internal medicine ranked very high on the satisfaction scale.[1]

FACT: “If a career that involves long-term relationships, experience with a wide range of health care issues, and continuity of care appeals to you, then being an internist may be the right path for you. However, even if your goal is to specialize, internal medicine may still be a good fit if you’re unsure of which specialty to pursue. Practicing as an internist can provide you with multiple opportunities to help you make that choice. Cardiology, nephrology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, infectious diseases or pulmonology are among the specialties commonly entered by internal medicine physicians.”[2]

FACT: “According to the American College of Physicians (new window), internal medicine is a science that represents the best of both worlds. The specialty combines the analytical examination of laboratory science with a personalized, compassionate approach to adult medicine. This expertise enables doctors to treat both common illnesses and complex medical conditions. They also specialize in treating long-term chronic illnesses such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Doctors who specialize in internal medicine are called internists or general internists. Internal medicine specialists also take a close look at how all the systems in the body work together as a whole because a problem in one area could cause complications in another. [3]

[1] Leigh, J Paul, et al. “Physician Career Satisfaction within Specialties.” BMC Health Services Research, BioMed Central, 16 Sept. 2009,

[2] McHugh , Ken. “Why Internal Medicine Is an Ideal Physician Career.” Elliot Health System , Elliot Health System , 26 Sept. 2018,

[3] Raleigh Medical Group. “What Makes Internal Medicine Doctors Different From Other Doctors?” Raleigh Medical Group, 21 Feb. 2018,

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