Internal medicine

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Internal medicine is the medical specialty that deals with nonsurgical, nonobstetric diseases of adults. Its trained practitioners are called internists.

Internists may be primary care providers practicing general internal medicine, or, with additional training, work in a variety of recognized secondary and tertiary specialties:


Typical graduate medical education, to become eligible for board certification, lasts three years.

United States

In the U.S., the relevant specialty board is the American College of Physicians. Board-certified internists are Fellows of the American College of Physicians (FACP).