General Internal Medicine (GIM)

About the specialty: 

Many consultant physicians practice general internal medicine in addition to their medical specialty, and many patients are cared for under the umbrella of general internal medicine. These include the full range of adults admitted as emergencies with acute medical problems, ranging from the young fit person with a severe acute illness, to the frail elderly with multiple disorders. Patients with problems that are not clearly within the remit of a particular medical specialty are referred to outpatient clinics for the opinion of a general physician.

Nearly all trainees following the GIM curriculum to CCT will be doing so in parallel with training in another medical specialty. The GIM curriculum defines the competencies needed for the award of a CCT in general internal medicine, which are needed to allow participation at a senior level on the acute medical take, and to provide advice on the investigation and management of inpatients and outpatients with acute and chronic medical problems.

The curriculum reflects the contexts in which GIM is performed, from the admission avoidance clinic to the admitting unit to the inpatient wards and the outpatient clinics. It emphasises the skills and competencies that need to be acquired in these settings and indicates how these will be assessed as trainees progress through the syllabus.

Entry into general internal medicine training is possible following successful completion of both a Foundation Programme and a core training programme. There are two core training programmes in general internal medicine;

  • Core Medical Training (CMT)
  • Acute Care Common Stem - Acute Medicine (ACCS-AM)

The curriculum for each specialty defines the process of training and the competencies needed for the award of a certificate of completion of training (CCT). The curriculum includes the assessment system for measuring trainees’ progress comprising workplace based assessment and knowledge based assessment.

PDF icon2009 GIM (amendment 2012).pdf

Previous versions of the curriculum are no longer available online but copies can be requested from

ARCP Decision Aids: 

The ARCP decision aid for each specialty defines the targets that have to be achieved for a satisfactory ARCP outcome at the end of each training year. ARCP decision aids were revised to reflect the changes to the assessment and review process from August 2014 and replace all previous versions.

PDF icon2009 GIM ARCP Decision Aid (revised 17.11.14).pdf

Forms and guidance: 

Summary of training calculator

The following calculator is designed to allow trainees to calculate their acute medical take and outpatient (or outpatient-equivalent) experience in a manner consistent with the 2009 GIM decision aid that will be used at ARCPs and PYAs. The GIM SAC recommends this to trainees and assessors as an easy means of providing information that is required to inform these assessments, although its use is not mandatory.

Office spreadsheet iconSummary of Training Calculator - November 2012.xls

Dual CCT training in Cardiology and General Internal Medicine (GIM)

Guidance on indicative training time for dual training programmes.

PDF iconDual CCT in Cardiology and GIM guidance February 2015.pdf