Internal Medicine Interest Group of the Month: University of Kentucky.
The Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) at the University of Kentucky is a vibrant, growing organization within the College of Medicine that continues to be a favorite among students and faculty alike.
Much of the IMIG’s work lies in providing information about and promoting the profession of internal medicine and its subspecialties. To this end, monthly meetings offer an opportunity for students to learn from and connect with faculty, residents and fellows. Examples of meetings from the past two years include a discussion of academic medicine vs. private practice, and providing information about specialties such as nephrology, cardiology, and gastroenterology. In addition, new faces in the growing Division of Allergy and Immunology, as well as a representative from the exciting new rheumatology fellowship, have also used our IMIG as a venue to introduce some of the ways in which the Department of Medicine continues to grow.
The 2006-2007 academic year also saw the inception of the annual Medicine Student-Faculty Meet and Greet, providing a means for IMIG members to connect with physicians outside the formal boundaries of the attending/lecturer format. Along with the Family Medicine Interest Group, the University of Kentucky IMIG co-sponsors an annual Primary Care Residency Fair, where medical students are able to become acquainted with dozens of residency programs from throughout the region.
IMIG members are also valued contributors to Scut Monkey Day, a student-run program that aims to provide ascending third-year students with the lowdown on how to be a successful student in the clinical years. Chief among the day’s activities is providing tips on the internal medicine rotation, which is in many ways the foundation of the third-year curriculum.
Achievements in community service are anchored by the annual Toys for Tots drive, a college-wide program sponsored by the group, in which toys for various age groups are collected from donation points throughout campus. These toys are then distributed to families in need to enhance their ability to give their children holiday gifts. With the election of a new Chair of Community Service, we look forward to not only continuing current projects, but also introducing new projects in our attempt to better serve others.
With the election of officers who span the breadth of the College of Medicine, the University of Kentucky IMIG is anticipating continued development and excitement. Expansion of community service and the creation of new opportunities for members to engage in departmental activities and the ACP are only a few ways the group is looking forward to growing during the future.
Jarrod D. Frizzell
President, Internal Medicine Interest Group
University of Kentucky College of Medicine, 2008
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