Internal Medicine Interest Group of the Month: Rush Medical College
The Rush Medical College Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) has been a key resource for medical students for many years and has recently become the largest interest group at our institution, with over 225 members. Over the last four years, our chapter has continued its momentum and growth in advocating for students in regards to issues concerning internal medicine. One of the reasons for the club’s success is clearly the participation from our executive board (all 16 members) and our advisor, Dr. Elizabeth Baker, ACP Member. Mandatory monthly executive board meetings, in addition to a diverse representation of the executive board from all four classes, have facilitated a robust forum in which new ideas are conveyed and brought to fruition.
During this academic year, we were excited about the introduction of new events for our colleagues. After our introductory IMIG event, which had participation of over 200 students, we were successful in orchestrating an EKG workshop where medical students from all levels appreciated a two-hour seminar on this vital skill of interpretation. In addition, our chapter has created a myriad of lunch lectures on various areas of internal medicine, such as careers in medicine workshops, subspecialty lectures, transgender medicine workshops, a series of lectures on the impact of pharmaceutical companies in healthcare, and more. We will hold more than 8 lunch lectures which have an average attendance of about 150 students. These events were aligned with the existing structure of our traditional events, which synergized our ability to gather student interest and maintain strong attendance.
One of the more challenging events to organize is our annual residency director forum. In the past we have had an open question-and-answer forum where students could ask internal medicine program directors and associate program directors questions about the residency application process. Students leave this event with ideas about how to strengthen their applications, prepare for interview questions, and much more. This year we are pleased to expand this forum to include a more regional representation. In the past we have been fortunate to gather program directors from Rush and Cook County Hospital, but this year we will be attempting to expand to other schools in the area such as Loyola, University of Illinois in Chicago, Northwestern, University of Chicago and more by collaborating and working together with the IMIG groups at those schools.
The Rush Medical College IMIG, in partnership with ACP, has seen great strides in enthusiasm and participation over these last few years. We hope to continue to inspire the minds of future internal medicine physicians for years to come.
President, Rush Medical College Internal Medicine Interest Group
Rush Medical College, Class of 2009
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