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Internal Medicine Interest Group of the Month: University of Nebraska

The Internal Medicine Interest Group or “Club Med” is going strong after eight years at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha. Our Advisor and Internal Medicine Chief Resident, Dr. Katie Hanson (ACP Associate Member), along with the internal medicine residency office staff, including Shirene Seina, Erin Blaszak, Lynette McKenny, and Sheila Rosenberg, are crucial to the club’s success. They allow us to run smoothly and adopt a different type of student-led organization. Club Med is organized by three second-year medical students, known affectionately as the “Tri-Pres.” We like to think of ourselves as a tripod – without all three legs we fall. The Tri-Pres is collectively responsible for directing luncheon meetings and club activities.

The first activity of the year was the UNMC Interest Group Fair, where we had a very strong showing of students and our ACP student membership recruitment was the highest it has been in years. The lunch meeting that followed focused on what it means to be an internist. Dr. Hanson eloquently discussed the many facets of internal medicine and primary care. After the meeting surveys were collected detailing what students wanted to learn from Club Med throughout the year. We hoped to show students both an enthusiastic glimpse into the life of an internal medicine doctor as well as the future career specialty opportunities available after internal medicine residency training.

In order to spark our classmates’ interest in our club and internal medicine, we decided to have themed meetings. During the week of Halloween we had an infectious disease fellow talk about “scary flesh eating bacteria”- with plenty of terrifying pictures to make us cover our eyes! Shortly after the “pregnant man” made the news, an endocrinologist talked to us about the physiology involved in gender transition as well as fertility issues post-transition. In response to all the discussion about the stimulus bill and health care reform, we are planning a “future of medicine” discussion, stressing the importance primary care providers such as internal medicine doctors will have in the new health care model.

A popular meeting was one we collaborated with the Pediatric Interest Group in which we invited a medicine-pediatrics doctor to talk about the highlights of her growing career field. We also invited a hospitalist to discuss the unique aspects of his job, another rising internal medicine pathway. Traditionally our interest group has had “Case Files”: presentations where an internist shows a challenging case they managed in an interactive way, promoting student participation and interest. We look forward to hosting a few more of these case files before the year comes to a close.

In the past year, the Tri-Pres has tried to put an exciting new spin on the way our classmates view internal medicine. We have certainly learned much about all the opportunities internal medicine has to offer and are looking forward to where it takes us in the future.

Ariana Astley, Tyler Ptacek, and Brett Malchow
Club Med Tri-Presidents
The University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Class of 2011
Emails: aastley@unmc.edu, tptacek@unmc.edu, bmalchow@unmc.edu

Back to May 2009 Issue of IMpact

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