If you use your IM training to start/join a general internist practice out in the community, that would be primary care. You would essentially be handling adult medical complaints in an outpatient clinic setting.Sorry if this is a noob question, but if I want to specialize in internal medicine, is that the same as primary care?
The IM FAQ states about 60% of medicine residents end up practicing general medicine (outpatient, hospitalist, and mix), while 40% go on to pursue some sort of fellowship.question for those further along in this process than i am: what percentage of people would you estimate don't do any sort of sub-specialty fellowship or training after doing a medicine residency?
There is no standardized way to measure graduate quality. AFAIK, the rankings are based on the percentage of each graduating class that enter primary care fields. That's it.1.Is the primary care ranking of a school determined by the quantity of graduates entering a primary care field? Or does it refer somehow to the quality of training received in the med school itself?
Fellowship is simply additional training after residency. Usually it's additional clinical training in a more subspecialized area of practice. For instance, internal medicine fellowships include cardiology, GI, infectious disease, nephrology, heme/onc, etc. In each case you will spend the majority of your fellowship time doing dedicated clinical training in that area.Jihad said:2. I thought a fellowship was further training after residency to learn to conduct research