Young Internist group in Spain

Spanish Young Internists are integrated in what we call “Grupo de Formación” (Training Group), and it belongs to the Spanish Society of Internal Medicine (SEMI). The coordinator of the group is usually a young consultant with high interest in Internal Medicine training. A group of young internists, including residents and young consultants, work with the coordinator in different activities throughout the year: They prepare the Spanish Summer School of Internal Medicine, the Young Internists activities in the national congress, etc. Currently, our group has officially 383 members registered, but all young internists of SEMI are invited to participate in our activities.

At present time, the group is preparing next Summer School that will be held in Alicante in June, and we are coordinating the activities for the National Congress of Internal Medicine. There is also a project to prepare a mobile app for Young Internists of Spain, with calculators, drug information and medical data.


Training in Internal Medicine in Spain

In Spain, the only way to become a specialist after medical school is through the MIR exam: a 225 questions test including all general medicine. According to your personal score, you get to choose your specialty and hospital. Internal Medicine has a 5 year program. After passing your 5 years, you become a consultant.

Currently, there is a project of creating a “common trunk”: Internal Medicine, Surgery, Laboratory and Psychiatry, and after that you could get a subspecialty. Nowadays, we still don’t know when it will start working.


Moving to Spain to train or work in Internal Medicine

If you come to Spain for postgraduate training, you will have to homologate your Medical School Diploma. The process is much easier for European Union members.

If you are EU member, you can find information here:

If you are a non-EU member: you can find more information here:

Once you have your Medical School diploma homologated, you can access to the MIR exam and enter in the Residency program.

The responsible legal authority is the Ministry of Health ( and the official College of Physicians ( The requirements to get an official licence and the restrictions vary depending on the countries. You can find more information in their webpages.


This page has been prepared by Pablo Demelo Rodríguez, Young Internists assembly representative for Spain, May 2015.

Relevant EFIM Publications

Clinical practice guidelines adaptation for internists - An EFIM methodology

Author(s): Wiktoria Leśniak, Laura Morbidoni, Dror Dicker, Ignacio Marín-León
Date:25 June 2020

The challenge of implementing Less is More medicine: A European perspective

Author(s): Omar Kherad, Nathan Peiffer-Smadja, Lina Karlafti, Margus Lember, Nathalie Van Aerde, Orvar Gunnarsson, Cristian Baicus, Miguel Bigotte Vieira, António Vaz-Carneiro, Antonio Brucato, Ivica Lazurova, Wiktoria Leśniak, Thomas Hanslik, Stephen Hewitt, Eleni Papanicolaou, Olga Boeva, Dror Dicker, Biljana Ivanovska, Pinar Yldiz, Patrick Lacor, Mark Cranston, Frauke Weidanz, Giorgio Costantino, Nicola Montano
Date:16 April 2020

Medical and surgical co-management – A strategy of improving the quality and outcomes of perioperative care

Author(s): Carmen Fierbinţeanu-Braticevicia, Matthias Raspeb, Alin Liviu Predac, Evija Livčāned, Leonid Lazebnike, Soňa Kiňováf, Evert- Jan de Kruijfg, Radovan Hojsh, Thomas Hansliki, Mine Durusu-Tanrioverj, Francesco Dentalik, Xavier Corbellal, Pietro Castellinom, Monica Bivoln, Stefano Bassettio, Vasco Barretop, Eduardo Montero Ruizq, Luis Camposr, The Working Group on Professional Issues and Quality of Care of the European Federation of Internal Medicine (EFIM)
Date:15 November 2018

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The principal objectives of EFIM is to promote internal medicine on a scientific educational, ethical and professional level and to support internists in providing better care for patients throughout Europe.

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The specialty of internal medicine covers a wide range of conditions affecting the internal organs of the body. Although some diseases specifically affect individual organs, the majority of common diseases. The internist must then be trained to recognise and manage a broad range of diseases and, with the aging population, many patients with chronic and multiple disorders.

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