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Internal Medicine Interest Group of the Month: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

This year, the Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons was started by co-leaders Beverly Johnson '06, Jordan Mossler '08 and Elizabeth Oelsner '08, along with help from faculty sponsors, Drs. David Brenner (Chair of the Department of Medicine), Paul Lee (Chief IMIG Advisor, Associate Residency Program Director and Director of the Hospitalist Service), Nicholas Fiebach (Director of the Residency Program), Katherine Nickerson (Vice Chair for Education and Clinical Operations), and Jaime Rubin (Director for Research Development).

For the first year in operation, the program has been very busy, starting with a well-attended "Meet the Medicine Faculty Mixer" at a local restaurant in the fall. This spring, with a funding received from the ACP, the group ran a "Careers in Medicine Dinner" which was attended by over 100 individuals. The program consisted of 10 themed tables, such as primary care and cardiology, each with an attending physician to lead the discussion.

In addition to these large events, there have been shadowing and teaching opportunities for students. First-year students have had the option to shadow a team in the hospital and second-year students have had the opportunity to shadow specialty rounds such as the infectious diseases team. There is also a teaching elective, "Clinical Correlations", co-organized by the fourth- and second-year students. Each week, the fourth-years advise the second-years as to what aspects of their coursework are particularly clinically relevant and then follow up by identifying an appropriate patient in the hospital for them to examine.

For the research-minded, there are “Research Lunches” throughout the year which focus on how to find research opportunities in internal medicine. Equally important, more than 60 different research funding opportunities are described on our website. Dr. Rubin serves as our funding specialist and research advisor.

For more information on our group, please visit our website.

Finally, we would also like to extend a huge thank you to the ACP and the Columbia University Department of Medicine for their financial support this year, helping us take our ideas and making them a reality!

Beverly Johnson, Jordan Mossler, and Elizabeth Oelsner
Co-leaders of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Back to March 2006 Issue of IMpact

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