General medicine is the medical specialty concerned with preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases in adults.

General physicians (or a specialist in internal medicine) are specialist physicians with expertise in the diagnosis and management of complex, chronic and multisystem disorders. They are able to co-ordinate patient care and work within the multidisciplinary team to optimise health outcomes for individuals and groups. The general physician has a breadth of expertise. which spans acute hospital and ambulatory care settings. Their work is not limited by patient age, diagnostic category or treatment intent. Notable rewards include the privilege of being able to offer whole person care to the same individual at different times, for different conditions with many clinical scenarios requiring the expert use of a high-level biopsychosocial approach.