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Internal Medicine Interest Group of the Month: University of Puerto Rico

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The Internal Medicine Interest Group at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) School of Medicine, named the ACP Student Chapter of UPR, was started 4 years ago. Through the years we have relied on the direct mentorship of Adelaida Ortiz, MD, FACP. We have also received the support and collaboration of Carlos González Oppenheimer, MD, FACP, and William Rodríguez, MD, FACP, the Governor of the ACP Puerto Rico Chapter. The past year’s activities began with welcoming the new class of medicine students, introducing them to the benefits of being a member of both the ACP Puerto Rico Chapter and the national organization, and inviting them to participate in the ACP Student Chapter of UPR.

A new academic activity that was implemented this year was the educational workshop series. The first workshop, led by Hilton Franqui, MD, a PGY-2, was on the topic of EKGs. Dr. Franqui provided an interactive, step-by-step discussion on reading EKGs, and covered everything from the basics to the pathologies. This coming year we also plan to offer a radiology workshop, titled “Basic Radiology for the Internal Medicine Physician.” This workshop will focus on the essentials of chest x-rays, abdominal x-rays, and a CT scan of the head.

Another example of the educational activities our chapter supported was Medical Jeopardy, a tradition which takes place every year. The questions were created by Dr. Franqui. The students participated in groups composed of representatives of the four classes (MS-I to MS-IV). The group with the best score received gift certificates to buy review books for board exams. Attendance was outstanding and it was a very educational and fun activity. This coming year we plan to open the competition to other schools of medicine in Puerto Rico for the first time.

The ACP Student Chapter of UPR has also been involved in several community activities. The first activity was a health promotion clinic at Colegio San Gabriel in San Juan, a school for hearing impaired children. For this activity, some of our members were trained in the basics of sign language. It was a very pleasing and exciting experience to be able to obtain basic medical histories and help people in the clinic. We are also participating in a school-wide project aimed at offering essential medical attention in the Capetillo Community Center in Río Piedras. We have supported this project since it began two years ago by participating in the health promotion clinics, helping with history taking and physical exam, and by giving educational conferences on topics such as hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, obesity, and diabetes. Students talked to patients about these topics for 10 to 15 minutes while the patients waited to be evaluated for the different services. The material covered with patients was obtained from ACP Online. We have also participated in a similar health promotion clinic that took place at the Manuel A. Perez Community Center.

I am pleased to say that the ACP Student Chapter of UPR was successful this year due to the efforts of all of the student members and the physicians previously acknowledged. We plans to continue to be active during the upcoming years and to create new activities for our members in the future.

Arelis Febles Negrón, MS IV
President, ACP Student Chapter of UPR, 2005-2006
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

Back to July 2006 Issue of IMpact

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