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Internal Medicine Interest Group of the Month: University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) is one of the largest clubs in existence at our medical school. Individual members can participate in varying capacities, whether by attending lunch talks sponsored by the IMIG or participating in shadowing opportunities.

During the orientation fair, we described our club’s mission and introduced students to internal medicine. On the first day of classes, we sponsored a lunch talk entitled “Introduction to Internal Medicine,” given by Eric Warm, MD, FACP, one of our faculty advisors. He presented a lively and entertaining discussion about what goes into being an internist and described the different subspecialties. Our next lunch talk brought in Dr. James Wilkin, a cardiologist who discussed historical as well as current and upcoming cardiac devices. Because of the overlapping interests, this event was co-sponsored with the biotechnology in medicine interest group. The presentation raised several interesting questions regarding which patients should be referred for the newest technologies, such as biventricular resynchronization, while at the same time balancing the cost and long-term prognosis. We have a few more talks scheduled later this year, including a workshop on how to present a case to an attending and a panel presentation of fourth-year students who matched into internal medicine. We hope the panel presentation will give our audience an idea about what motivated these students to choose medicine as their career.

In addition to the lunch talks, our group offers shadowing opportunities. A student can sign up to shadow in the medicine-pediatrics or adult medicine clinics or in the gastroenterology endoscopy suite. First- and second-year students enjoy this experience as a way to see medicine in practice and interact with physicians and patients. The overall response from students has been positive and our group intends to continue such opportunities in the future. In addition, we would like to expand this experience into other internal medicine subspecialties, such as the cardiac catheterization lab.

The leadership of our club consists of five officers: Jared Bentley ’10, C. Callie Coombs ’10, Rob Larke ’10, Kenneth Liu ’10, and Wilson Tong ’10. Each of us has different responsibilities, such as coordinating lunch talks or organizing shadowing. Furthermore, we are grateful that our two faculty advisors, Dr. Warm and LeAnn Coberly, MD, FACP, are able to help us with the planning of various activities and participate as our lunch speakers.

Callie Coombs
University of Cincinnati, Class of 2010
E-mail: coombscc@email.uc.edu

Back to June 2008 Issue of IMpact

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