What does an Internist do? How to become an Internist.What does an Internist do? How to become an Internist.

Become an Internist

To become an Internist you must be knowledgeable in the different organ systems and trained as a medical practitioner. You must go through the same process as if you were to become a doctor. You must earn a bachelor's degree, take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) to gain admissions into medical school, and complete a residency program that focuses a least 2 years in prevention, diagnosis, and nonsurgical treatment of adult diseases in outpatient settings.

It is possible you may need additional continue to specialize in specialty areas. You must also be licensed through the Medicine Board Certification Examination to practice as an Internist.

Job description of an Internist

Internists treat and manage patients over a long period of time for complex or common disorders. Duties include diagnosing and providing care for a variety of internal organ system disorders that include the respiratory, circulatory, central nervous system, and digestive tract in addition to immune system and infectious diseases.

Their treatment is nonsurgical and they primarily treat adults. They work very closely with other medical professions in the care of their patients concerning risks, preventative care, and managing these disorders through hospitalization and medication treatment. This can occur in a hospital or office setting. Internists act as practitioners or as consultants on behave of their patients.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national average salary of this profession is $190,530 with a growth rate of 3.1%.


According to O*Net, the main work activitiy of Internists include:

  • Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals.
  • Treat chronic diseases or disorders.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Diagnose medical conditions.
  • Monitor patient progress or responses to treatments.