INTERNISTS are physicians who specialize in the practice of internal medicine, such as the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of diseases and injuries of internal organ systems. Internists study the basic body systems, such as digestive, circulatory, and respiratory, so they can identify causes of various internal disorders. Internists explain procedures and discuss test results with patients, and prescribe treatments. They may also advise their patients to see other specialists when necessary. Other doctors often seek the special knowledge and background of internists as diagnosticians.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $193,500 average per year ($93.00 per hour)
- A medium occupation (50,100 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow rapidly (2.2% per year)
It takes many years of education and training to become a physician, or INTERNIST; four years of undergraduate school, four years of medical school, and three to eight years of internship and residency. The minimum educational requirement for entry into a medical school is three years of college, although, most applicants have a bachelor's degree, and many have advanced degrees. Applicants must submit transcripts, scores from the Medical College Admission Test, and letters of recommendation. Schools also consider character, leadership qualities, and other factors. Most schools require an interview with members of the admission committee.