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Medical Student Perspectives: Welcome from the Chair of the Council of Student Members

Welcome! As a Medical Student Member of the American College of Physicians (ACP), you have joined over 22,000 of your fellow medical students in the largest medical specialty organization in the United States. The ACP recognizes that the future of internal medicine lies in the strength of its student members, and this is why you are so very important to all the work that we do.

These are exciting times to be involved in internal medicine. Many physicians are working hard to implement new methods of delivering quality healthcare, creating more efficient models to improve patient outcomes, and are working towards reforming training and education. The ACP is at the forefront of this wave of innovation and is calling on you to be part of this movement. Being involved at the national level, I am continually amazed at the ACP’s commitment to medical students, and to helping us thrive and succeed in our futures.

The College offers its Medical Student Members valuable benefits, essential educational tools, and opportunities for involvement in public policy, advocacy, and healthcare reform. I encourage you to join your student colleagues, residents, and attending physicians as we work together to revitalize internal medicine.

As a medical student, you are represented by the Council of Student Members (CSM), which is comprised of 13 students from 11 regions, representing all ACP Medical Student Members. The CSM meets twice a year to discuss issues of particular importance to us as medical students. We welcome your input and feedback, as we aim to enrich the quality of your medical school experience—please do not hesitate to contact me or any CSM member if we can be of help to you and your chapter. Your ideas and feedback guide our Council as we propose policy and plan events that will impact all of our members—please tell us what is on your mind!

On a regional level, each CSM member works to promote activities related to internal medicine and to gather ideas from local Internal Medicine Interest Groups (IMIGs). ACP’s IMIG Sponsorship Program provides funding and support for internal medicine club activities, as well as further financial incentives for increasing the number of ACP Medical Student Members enrolled during the academic year. For more details about this program, visit the IMIG Resource Guide online. Through initiatives such as the IMIG Sponsorship Program, we work to establish stronger bonds between the IMIGs at local schools, the regional ACP chapters, and the national ACP. We want to foster the exchange of ideas and expand activities for you to learn about careers in internal medicine. We distribute lapel pins to our members so you can proudly identify yourself as an ACP Medical Student Member—please join the ACP, and encourage your classmates to become members too!

The Council plans and develops tools to assist students as they progress through medical school. You may have seen some of ACP's educational and clinical resources in your coursework thus far. Resources such as MKSAP (Medical Knowledge Self Assessment Programs) for Students 4, the highly-esteemed Annals of Internal Medicine and our newest and most valuable day-to-day resource, Internal Medicine Essentials for Clerkship Students, are all essential to learning and succeeding during your clerkships. We hope that you will rely on these academic tools during medical school and continue to use them throughout your careers.

Policy-wise, the CSM takes an active role in proposing resolutions that advocate for your interests on a national level. We want to ensure that the leadership of ACP understands the environment in which the contemporary medical student learns and enacts policy that fosters the development of superb physicians. Each May, student members have the opportunity to join physicians and members of the United States Congress in Washington, D.C. for ACP Leadership Day. Leadership Day is a fabulous event during which students and physicians lobby for crucial changes to the future of healthcare in the United States. To learn more, please contact me or any other CSM representative.

Your Council of Student Members is dedicated to a variety of issues in internal medicine, such as public policy, education, and professionalism. With a strong body of Medical Student Members and your active participation in our organization, we can work together to ensure that you have the tools and resources you need from the ACP to succeed in your medical training, career, and life.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Best,

Maya Babu
Chair, Council of Student Members
Harvard Medical School, Class of 2010
Email: mbabu@hms.harvard.edu

Back to June 2008 Issue of IMpact

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