A busy practice setting, a strong commitment to patients and learners

General internal medicine (GIM) specialists diagnose and manage diseases of any organ system and are specially trained to manage patients with advanced illness or conditions involving more than one system or organ.

As faculty of Dalhousie Medical School, members of the Division of General Internal Medicine deliver outstanding evidenced-based, patient-centred care. We provide a learning environment that instills core competencies as well as critical thinking, and our thriving research program strengthens medical knowledge and patient outcomes.

Resident and medical student education

In our division, medical students and residents can expect to be treated as part of the care team and to be well supported in their knowledge and skill development. You will participate in and provide care for patients with a wide range of medical conditions under the direction of award-winning academic physicians.

Clinical research

Our research portfolio is small but wide-reaching. It includes clinical trials, particularly in relation to hypertension and herpes vaccines, and the study of end of life care, HIV and the use of simulation in medical education.

Our goals are to

  • provide optimal patient care
  • champion the role of the general internist in a patient-centred, rather than disease-centred, referral practice
  • provide an environment characterized by a spirit of inquiry and reflection in the pursuit of evidence-based medicine and/or research
  • promote an atmosphere in which all health care providers treat each other in a respectful, professional manner and learn from each other, thus providing for effective interdisciplinary care
  • encourage all health providers to recognize their position as role models and therefore strive for continuous learning and improvement
  • provide education for learners at all levels, from medical students to colleagues and allied health professionals, demonstrating both the art and science of medicine
  • provide an environment which promotes, supports and disseminates research in internal medicine