Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 28, Issue 6, pp 845–851 | Cite as

Academic General Internal Medicine: A Mission for the Future

  • Katrina ArmstrongEmail author
  • Nancy L. Keating
  • Michael Landry
  • Bradley H. Crotty
  • Russell S. Phillips
  • Harry P. Selker
  • for the Council of the Society of General Internal Medicine


After five decades of growth that has included advances in medical education and health care delivery, value cohesion, and integration of diversity, we propose an overarching mission for academic general internal medicine to lead excellence, change, and innovation in clinical care, education, and research. General internal medicine aims to achieve health care delivery that is comprehensive, technologically advanced and individualized; instills trust within a culture of respect; is efficient in the use of time, people, and resources; is organized and financed to achieve optimal health outcomes; maximizes equity; and continually learns and adapts. This mission of health care transformation has implications for the clinical, educational, and research activities of divisions of general internal medicine over the next several decades.


General Internal Medicine Health Care Delivery Academic Medicine Comparative Effectiveness Research Payment Reform 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katrina Armstrong
    • 1
    • 7
    Email author
  • Nancy L. Keating
    • 2
  • Michael Landry
    • 3
    • 4
  • Bradley H. Crotty
    • 5
  • Russell S. Phillips
    • 5
  • Harry P. Selker
    • 6
  • for the Council of the Society of General Internal Medicine
  1. 1.Division of General Internal MedicinePerelman School of Medicine at the University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Division of General Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Department of Health Care PolicyHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  3. 3.Division of General Internal MedicineSoutheast Louisiana Veterans Healthcare SystemNew OrleansUSA
  4. 4.Division of General Internal MedicineTulane University School of MedicineNew OrleansUSA
  5. 5.Division of General Medicine & Primary CareBeth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  6. 6.Department of MedicineTufts University School of MedicineBostonUSA
  7. 7.PhiladelphiaUSA

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