Society of General Internal Medicine
Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) SGIM is an American professional society composed of physician
A physician is a health care provider who practices the profession of medicine, which is concerned with promoting, maintaining or restoring human health through the study, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, injury and other physical and mental impairments...

s engaged in internal medicine research and teaching. It was originally named The Society for Research and Education in Primary Care
Primary care
Primary care is the term for the health services by providers who act as the principal point of consultation for patients within a health care system...

 Internal Medicine
Internal medicine
Internal medicine is the medical specialty dealing with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of adult diseases. Physicians specializing in internal medicine are called internists. They are especially skilled in the management of patients who have undifferentiated or multi-system disease processes...

 (SREPCIM), at its inaugural meeting in 1978. Startup funding for SREPCIM was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the United States' largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care; it is based in Princeton, New Jersey. The foundation's mission is to improve the health and health care of all Americans...

 awarded to the American College of Physicians
American College of Physicians
The American College of Physicians is a national organization of doctors of internal medicine —physicians who specialize in the prevention, detection, and treatment of illnesses in adults. With 130,000 members, ACP is the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in...

. In 1988, SREPCIM became the Society of General Internal Medicine. By 2006, SGIM had over 2800 members.

SGIM publishes the Journal of General Internal Medicine
Journal of General Internal Medicine
The Journal of General Internal Medicine is a peer-reviewed medical journal established in 1986 and covering internal medicine in general. It is published by Springer and is the official journal of the Society of General Internal Medicine...

. It also produces the Core Medicine Clerkship Curriculum Guide, with a Faculty Manual and Pocket Guide for Students. Its goals are to support its members, foster innovation and creativity in clinical care, teaching and research, and increase its impact and others' awareness of SGIM.

Research. SGIM clinician-investigators are world-renowned researchers who have shaped health care delivery through ground-breaking research in diverse topics such as quality of care, health care disparities, patient safety, evidence-based medicine
Evidence-based medicine
Evidence-based medicine or evidence-based practice aims to apply the best available evidence gained from the scientific method to clinical decision making. It seeks to assess the strength of evidence of the risks and benefits of treatments and diagnostic tests...

, and doctor/patient communication. SGIM's members are experts in clinical, health services, and epidemiological research. These methodologies are essential for translational research
Translational research
Translational research is a way of thinking about and conducting scientific research to make the results of research applicable to the population under study and is practised in the natural and biological, behavioural, and social sciences...

, which guides the integration of medical advances into patient care. SGIM members also play a major role in educating future generations of researchers to develop, evaluate, and implement health care advances.

Education. SGIM members are also at the forefront of educating medical students, residents, and post-graduate fellows at academic centers and teaching hospitals. Clinician-educators develop and evaluate innovations in medical education that help prepare tomorrow's clinicians to deliver evidence-based, quality care that is culturally appropriate.

Clinical Practice. SGIM members specialize in diagnosing and treating the entire spectrum of adults' health conditions with particular expertise in the care of patients with multiple, complex diseases. Members also focus on delivering preventative care to avert or reduce the devastating effects of disease. SGIM members work to improve the health of adults through the use of information technologies, team-based medical care, systems research, and continuous quality improvement.

Resources for Research

The Research Committee has created a Dataset Compendium with information on finding and using publicly-available datasets for research. The Dataset Compendium provides information on 34 datasets covering a broad range of topics. Research Handouts are also available with specific approaches and strategies to advance research in general internal medicine.

Resources for Medical Education

The Education Committee has organized selective Medical Education Handouts with information, tips, and curricula for medical educators. Strategies are included to teach competencies, evaluate programs, foster scholarship, and learn medical education research methods.

Resources for Clinical Practice

The Clinical Practice Committee has organized selective Clinical Practice Handouts with strategies to support the clinical practice of general internal medicine.

The Quality Portfolio

The Academic Hospitalist Taskforce has developed the Quality Portfolio. The Quality Portfolio (QP) is intended to formally organize and document one’s activities in quality improvement. The design and function of the Quality Portfolio is meant to parallel that of the Educator’s Portfolio, which is widely used as an effective tool to document achievement and success in education.

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