An internal medicine specialist is a medical practitioner that treats the adult patient in a comprehensive spectrum from healthy individuals to patients with complex illnesses. They can work as primary care physicians.
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How to become an internal medicine specialist?
In order to become an internal medicine specialist, an aspiring student should:
- Complete a pre-med Bachelor degree;
- Volunteer in a medical organization to gain experience;
- Pass the College Admission Test (MCAT);
- Gain entry to the licensed medical school and complete the 4-year course of study, including the period of internship;
- Pass the three-parts of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE);
- Complete a 3-year residency in internal medicine;
- Become certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine;
- Choose a subspecialty and join a 2-3-year fellowship in:
- Primary care/family medicine;
- Hospital internal medicine;
- Critical care;
- Adolescent medicine;
- Sports medicine;
- Geriatric medicine;
- Regularly participate in continuous medical training;
Average Salary for Internists
The average salary for internists ranges between $184,200 and $231,690.
-  – “About Internal Medicine | What is an Internist | ACP”. Accessed November 29, 2019. Link.
-  – “Internal Medicine Career Guide: Job Description, Qualifications & Career Outlook | Global Pre-Meds”. Accessed November 29, 2019. Link.