Doctors of internal medicine, or internists, are medical specialists who have had special study and training in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases in adults, except for women’s reproductive issues. At least three of their seven or more years of medical school and postgraduate training are focused on diseases that affect adults. While the name "internal medicine" may lead one to believe that internists only treat "internal" problems, this is not the case. Doctors of internal medicine treat the whole person, not just internal organs. Internists are specially trained to solve puzzling diagnostic problems, handle severe chronic illnesses and treat patients with multiple illnesses or conditions.
Although doctors of internal medicine may also be referred to as "internists" or "general internists,” they are not to be confused with "medical interns," who are doctors in their first year of residency training. Even though internists may act as primary care physicians, they are not "family physicians," "family practitioners," or "general practitioners," who are trained to treat adults and children.
Some internal medicine physicians receive additional training in a subspecialty. The following are subspecialties recognized by the American Board of Internal Medicine:
The Internal Medicine Department at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital trains 48 medicine residents and 70 residents from other departments yearly. In addition, approximately 150 Wayne State University medical students and 50 WSU and University of Detroit-Mercy physician assistant students receive training throughout the year.
The Internal Medicine Residency Program has earned a full five-year accreditation by the American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). In addition, the hospital’s internal medicine residents have had a 100 percent graduation rate for the past five years. This statistic puts DMC Sinai-Grace in the top 10 percent in the country and is the only hospital in the state that can make this statement.