||“Everyone is touched by the work of General Medicine Physicians in one way or another. Support for the efforts of this far-reaching field, caring for patients, teaching the next generation, and creating new knowledge will have significant impact on many lives for years to come.”
– Laurence F. McMahon, Jr., MD, MPH
Chief, Division of General Medicine
U-M GENERAL MEDICINE
General Medicine, the largest division within the University of Michigan’s Department of Internal Medicine, supports the mission of the Medical School by providing excellence and innovation in patient care, teaching, and research.
FOCUSING ON PATIENT CARE
As the primary care doctors for adults, General Medicine physicians have the privilege of knowing patients for years, getting to know their families, and helping to keep them well. We also help patients navigate the pool of expertise at U-M should their condition warrant specialty services. We both refer them to the most appropriate care and serve as their advocate and information resource. In an increasingly complex medical system, this is a role of growing importance. As medicine becomes more technical and sophisticated, it is clear that the unique environment of the hospital requires a new type expertise. General Medicine has been pioneering a new type of practice that focuses on a hospital-based physician called a hospitalist. Hospitalists utilize the resources of the hospital while providing patient focused care. In addition to providing excellent care to patients with a broad range of conditions, U-M hospitalists have become instrumental in making hospital care better for all patients. Our division is also helping to define this new General Medicine clinical-focus nationally.
TEACHING THE NEXT GENERATION
Every generation of physicians has an obligation to pass on their wisdom and insight to the next generation. General Medicine faculty are no exception. They are considered among the most talented teachers at U-M and have been honored for their work in this area by both the Medical School and the Department of Internal Medicine.
INVESTIGATING THE BIG PICTURE
U-M General Medicine has one of the most successful research programs of its kind in the country. Our physicians are recognized as leaders in their respective fields and have been awarded peer-reviewed grants to fund their discoveries. Our ground-breaking research tends not to focus on a particular disease or organ, but instead addresses the whole person and how they interact with the broader health system. Our researchers are currently investigating various important and timely areas such as: patient-physician decision making, health care safety and quality, ethics and the history of medicine, the cost of health care and pharmaceuticals, care of the disadvantaged and other vulnerable populations, special issues in the care of patients with multiple diseases, and the care of hospitalized patients.
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