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Internal Medicine Interest Group of the Month: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine (UMDNJ-SOM)

The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) is New Jersey’s university of the health sciences with eight schools located on five campuses throughout the state. It is the largest institution of its kind in the nation. UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine (UMDNJ-SOM) has the largest number of faculty, the largest GME program, and the largest network of clinical affiliates among US osteopathic medical schools. It is also a leader among them in diversity, and research and extramural funding. The Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) at UMDNJ-SOM, known as the Student Osteopathic Internal Medicine Association, has begun the 2009-2010 academic year with great enthusiasm because, this year, our school has expanded its first year class size from 110 students to 135. With that expansion came additional enrollment in our club and a heightened interest in the field of internal medicine. We are one of the largest organizations on our campus, currently with 123 student members, and one of the most active.

Our mission is not only to address the interests of students wishing to enter the field of internal medicine but also to bolster support for the field throughout the medical student community. We offer our members many benefits through their involvement in both academic and community service programs. Our flagship program is the monthly “Day in the Life of” luncheon lecture series in which physicians in internal medicine and its subspecialties meet with us to give us a better idea about their field of practice. We ended last semester with a presentation from John Bulger, DO, FACOI, FACP, who shared his experiences as an internist and presented an interactive, case-based lecture on analyzing liver function tests. This semester, we are planning similar experiences with a nephrologist, a hospitalist, and a gastroenterologist. Our other primary academic resource is the weekly internal medicine and monthly geriatric grand rounds lecture series presented in collaboration with our principal teaching hospital, the Kennedy Health System.

New to the club’s offerings this year is an internal medicine review class for third year medical students. In this monthly class, our internal medicine residents will provide their mentorship to help students navigate through their internal medicine rotation and prepare for the second step of their boards. Our next goal is to establish a shadowing program for first and second year medical students interested in internal medicine or any of its subspecialties.

We are very active in the community as well. We will be hosting our annual blood drive in collaboration with the Red Cross, on September 11th on UMDNJ’s campus. It is open to the students, faculty and staff of the five professional schools on our UMDNJ campus as well as the Kennedy Health System and the public-at-large. This fall our members will also volunteer in the annual Stratford Fall Festival and the Gloucester County Women’s Health Summit, which have over 10,000 and 2,500 attendees, respectively. The group will provide blood pressure screenings in addition to information on basic preventive health practices.

The current Executive Board of our IMIG consists of: Louis Marquet (OMS-II), President; Farook Taha (OMS-II), Second Year VP; Bhavesh Patel (OMS-II), Treasurer; Alex Lelyanov (OMS-I), First Year VP; Mike Favara (OMS-I), Secretary; and Rami Selim (OMS-I), First Year Representative. We are extraordinarily lucky to have Joanne Kaiser-Smith, DO, FACOI, FACP, as our faculty advisor. Dr. Kaiser-Smith is extremely helpful in all of our activities and also instrumental in promoting the interests of our club on campus and in the hospital. We are also very excited about the addition of Daena Flaxman, MD, ACP Member, as our second Faculty Advisor, and David Somerman, DO, ACP Associate Member, and Joan Wiley, DO, ACP Associate Member, as our Internal Medicine Resident Liaisons.

Louis Marquet, OMS-II
President, Student Osteopathic Internal Medicine Association
Univ. of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2012
Email: marquelj@umdnj.edu

Back to September 2009 Issue of IMpact

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