Division of General Internal Medicine

Dr. Akbar Panju

Akbar Panju MB, FRCP(C), FRCP(Edin), FRCP(Glasg), FACP
Professor, Department of Medicine
Director, General Internal Medicine, McMaster University
Medard DeGroote Chair in Medicine

Welcome to General Internal Medicine

The Division of General Internal Medicine at McMaster University is a vibrant division composed of individuals with a primary appointment in GIM and individuals who have a primary appointment in other Divisions, but maintain a secondary appointment in GIM. These physicians provide an extremely valuable clinical and teaching role at the hospitals in Hamilton. We have clinical teaching units at three sites (St. Joseph’s Hospital, Juravinski Hospital, Hamilton General Hospital) and have additional educational opportunities for family practice residents at the Juravinski Hospital .

The clinical activities in GIM continue to be very important for the hospitals. Members are involved in providing consultation and on-going follow-up care in the Emergency Department and for other services including Surgery, Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oncology, and Rehabilitation. This is in addition to providing outpatient care.

Most of the GIM members are involved in scholarly activities and this includes educational contributions at all levels: medical student teaching, clinical clerkship program contributions, Clinical Teaching Unit activities and postgraduate teaching. The contribution of GIM towards educational activities is among the highest in the Department. The residents appreciate the teaching that they receive from GIM attendings and have frequently recognized them as outstanding teachers.

GIM members are involved in multiple administrative activities, including leadership roles both at the hospital and university. In addition, a few of our members are on the examination board of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Many of our Division members are also involved in research activities. Dr. John You is our GIM Division Research Director and coordinates research activities in the GIM division.

We have recruited five full time academic general internal medicine specialists in the last 2 years.

We are in the planning phase for the McMaster Adult Ambulatory Care facility at McMaster University, and GIM will have a pivotal role in this clinic.