Internists are well prepared to offer patients continuing and comprehensive medical care of the highest quality. Residencies must include training for the provision of primary care without compromising excellence. The teaching and practice of general internal medicine are the principal functions of Departments of Internal Medicine. Modern facilities for ambulatory care and an environment conducive to the development of internists for primary care are required. Establishment of new residency positions in general internal medicine is advocated, as is appropriate funding for education in the ambulatory patient setting. Experience with disciplines such as dermatology, office gynecology, musculoskeletal medicine, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, and psychiatry should be assured. The Board will include material relevant to primary care in its Certifying Examination.
Training and Certifying the Internist for Primary Care: A Statement Adopted by the American Board of Internal Medicine, 11, September 1974. Ann Intern Med. 1975;82:707–708. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-82-5-707
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