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The Role of the Future General Internist Defined

American College of Physicians*
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*This paper was authored by Harold C. Sox, Jr., MD; H. Denman Scott, MD, MPH; and Jack A. Ginsburg, MPE. It was developed for the ACP Task Force on Physician Supply: James P. Nolan, MD, Chair; William Cannon, MD; Clifton R. Cleaveland, MD; Robert Copeland, MD; Frank Davidoff, MD; Susan Deutsch, MD; F. Daniel Duffy, MD; Paul A. Ebert, MD; Robert I. Frye, MD; Paul F. Griner, MD; Rolf M. Gunnar, MD; Ruth Hanft, PhD; Howard Shapiro, PhD; Anthony So, MD, MPA; Joseph S. Solovy, MD; and Steven A. Wartman, MD, PhD. Approved by the Board of Regents on 18 April 1994. Requests for Reprints: Jack A. Ginsburg, MPE, American College of Physicians, 700 Thirteenth Street Northwest, Suite 250, Washington, DC 20005.

Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1994;121(8):616-622. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-121-8-199410150-00011
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In this position paper, the American College of Physicians Task Force on Physician Supply examines the current and future roles of the ideal general internist. Discussed are the characteristics shared by all internists, whether engaged in general or subspecialty practice; current trends and the growing crisis in the supply of primary care physicians; and the practices and patient characteristics of both general internists and family physicians.

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