Internal medicine physicians, or Internists, treat a wide variety of complex issues. Through subspecialties like cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, or infectious disease, these doctors help millions of patients all over the United States and the world. This could mean treating chronic illnesses, like hypertension, diabetes, or chronic lung disease.
In honor of National Internal Medicine Day, which falls on Oct. 28, GrantWatch is sharing five grants below that fund research in these specific areas of medicine.
Today, more than ever, it is essential to recognize healthcare workers as a whole. This includes the countless doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers and aids that work tirelessly to keep us all safe.
Why Are Internists Crucial to Healthcare?
Internal medicine physicians, or internists, specialize in the internal organs and systems of the body. However, some internists also offer preventive care and can act as general physicians. These physicians usually operate in an office setting and work with patients directly to help them manage care. These doctors are called general internists. Other internal medicine physicians operate in a subspecialty. This may require several more years of study, and they are still internists and specialists in their specific field.
All internists undergo a four-year university degree program, medical school, and a three-year internal medicine residency. An internist who chooses to go into a subspecialty will have to undergo an additional 1-3 year training program in that specialty.
Internists are critical to healthcare, because their extensive training in the body and organs systems allows them to be able to have more experience in areas than general doctors. This experience allows them to make cutting-edge contributions to medicine that improve treatment and patient care. There are even some Noble Prize Laureates that are also internists
Here are just some of the advancements created by internists:
- Developing the first cardiac risk index
- Cholesterol synthesis
- Research on peptic ulcer disease
5 Grants to Fund Critical Research for National Internal Medicine Day
- Firstly, there are fellowships to U.S. clinical investigators affiliated with nonprofit institutions for subspecialty disease research.
- In addition, there are fellowships of up to $80,000 to U.S. clinical scientists for nephrology-related medical research projects.
- Grants available to U.S., Canada, and International medical researchers and institutions for multiple sclerosis research.
- And there are also grants available to U.S. physician scientists affiliated with nonprofit IHE’s for clinical health research.
- Finally, there are grants available to U.S. and Israel researchers for infectious disease research.
How to Celebrate National Internal Medicine Day
One way to observe this holiday is to learn more about internal medicine day by going to the American College of Physicians (ACP) website. The website has a lot of shareable content to check out.
Also, you can use the #NationalInternalMedicineDay, and #IMProud to share why you’re proud to practice internal medicine or why you recognize the importance of internal medicine physicians and their contributions.