Originally posted by Dr/\/\om
The term General Practitioner is a holdover from *old times* and doesn't apply to many physicians today. It used to be roughly equivalent to FP, but today it means that the physician didn't complete a residency and, thus, has no specialty.
Keep in mind, there are older docs that still use this term, but really mean FP, but that doesn't apply to the younger (under 60ish) docs.
Originally posted by Darth Vader
This is partially true, but not completely accurate. The term GP just means someone who is practicing primary care, generally just internal medicine. The difference between the terms GP and internist is that an internist has completed a residency in internal medicine.