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Internal Medicine Interest Group of the Month: Indiana University School of Medicine

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The Indiana University School of Medicine Internal Medicine Student Interest Group (IMSIG) has been in existence for over 10 years and is a well established organization on campus. The aims of our organization are to support and advise students interested in primary care and medicine subspecialties, to expose students to career opportunities in internal medicine, and to participate in and organize philanthropic activities.

Our biggest annual event is a philanthropic health fair held in the fall. This year, in celebration of National Primary Care Week, we sponsored our 9th Annual Westside Community Health Fair in October. The fair is run and organized by students. It is held in an underserved area that neighbors the university and is completely free for those who wish to attend. We provide information in both Spanish and English and also provide Spanish interpreters. With help from other student interest groups, we were able to provide activities for both adults and children such as free health screenings and education on a variety of health problems including: diabetes, high blood pressure, colon cancer, osteoporosis, high cholesterol, vision and hearing, child safety, and breast cancer, to name a few. This year was our most successful health fair on record with more than 400 attendees and over 150 volunteers. We gave over 400 free influenza vaccines and checked blood pressure, total cholesterol, and blood sugar on over 150 fair attendees. Part of our success is due to the huge amount of support we receive from the community, without which our fair would certainly be impossible.

IMSID sponsors a lunch time lecture series geared toward first and second year students, but open to all. Kicking off this school year, Robert Lubitz, MD, FACP, Governor of the ACP Indiana Chapter, gave a lecture entitled “Top 10 Reasons to be a Big Doctor,” highlighting the often overlooked enjoyments and privileges of being an internist. Throughout the year, other lunch-time talks are offered to educate students on topics not traditionally covered in the medical school curriculum. This year we have sponsored a lecture on complementary and alternative medicinal practices. Lectures on the treatment of depression in the primary care setting, urban and third-world medical practices, the role of primary care physicians in political advocacy, and a panel of subspecialists to answer students’ questions on what life is like in their fields are being planned for the remainder of the year.

We also host evening events geared toward helping senior medical students along the path of applying to internal medicine residencies. The “post-match” meeting has been popular, in which fourth year students who have recently matched in internal medicine share their experiences of interviewing, formulating a rank-list, and accepting a residency position. Other lectures geared toward seniors include talks on choosing fourth year electives and a question and answer period with our internal medicine program director about applying and interviewing for an internal medicine residency.

Finally, our student group has been involved in activities at the national level. Several students each year have enjoyed attending the national ACP scientific meeting or ACP Leadership Day on Capitol Hill, with full financial support from the ACP Indiana Chapter. The educational benefits of these trips have been immeasurable in terms of learning about the profession of internal medicine and clearly understanding and articulating governmental policies affecting medicine today.

The IMSIG in partnership with ACP has been busy in 2006 and is looking forward to another great year in 2007. We wish your organization success in the New Year!

Laura Barnett (ltietz@iupui.edu) and Anna Burgner (aburgner@iupui.edu), Co-Chairs of the Indiana University School of Medicine IMSIG
IMSIG officers include Michael Sha MD, FACP and Palmer Mackie, MD (Faculty Advisors); Domingo Maynes MSIV (Vice Chair); A.J. Voelkel MSIII (Financial Officer); Lina Ghosh MSIV (Secretary); Scott Anderson MSIV, Mushoba Njalamimba MSIV, and John O’Malley MSIII (West Side Health Fair Co-Chairs ).

Back to January 2007 Issue of IMpact

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