This year general internal medicine (GIM) continued to center its practice, education, scholarship, and research in primary care. General internists advanced toward a patient care model based on critical, qualitative, and quantitative assessment of clinical care processes and outcomes. As the US Preventive Services Task Force and the American College of Physicians (ACP) consensus statements have strengthened the concept of evidence-based screening, events of 1993 have reinforced the value of the evidence-based practitioner. The Federated Council for Internal Medicine, a united voice of internal medicine, recommended that one half of those physicians in internal medicine residency programs should be trained as generalists, and the council detailed steps to implement this goal.1 The Clinton Health Security Act endorses GIM as a major source of primary care for adults and supports the training of more generalists.
Through the continued development of the Journal of General Internal Medicine and ACP Journal Club
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