• rss
  • facebook
  • twitter
  • linkedin

Internal Medicine Interest Group of the Month: A. T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona

In the short 18-month existence of the internal medicine interest group (IMIG) at A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA), the students have had a great opportunity to gain invaluable exposure to internal medicine prior to their clinical years. At ATSU-SOMA, students have only one year on campus with the rest of their peers before they venture literally across the country from New York to Hawaii, or Alabama to Washington, to gain clinical experience in community health centers. Because of this, the leadership of the club, consisting of IMIG Liaison, President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Activities Chair, is provided mainly by first year medical students, with one upper-year student as the club’s Chief Executive Office and mentor. This organization design allows for smoother transition, applicable guidance, and an early start to activities year-to-year. Along with the student leadership, the club has been graced with enthusiastic guidance by two faculty advisors who have an infectious passion for internal medicine.

Because the club consists mostly of first year medical students, the ATSU-SOMA IMIG is putting together an activities sequence throughout the year. This program of activities is designed to gradually introduce students to general internal medicine and further into the variety of opportunities available within the realm of internal medicine. The intent of the sequence is to give students an understanding of internal medicine to help guide them through the next three clinical years. The year starts with a wonderful presentation and question-answer session by the club advisors, which addresses what internal medicine is. Then the year progresses with presentations by subspecialists in various fields to gain exposure to the opportunities within internal medicine. Throughout the year, the club meets bi-monthly to discuss journal articles and further learn how to analyze and interpret journal articles. Also, the club meets outside of the walls of the school through such activities as volunteering at local free health clinics and even a marathon. Lastly, as the year winds up, the club arranges a residency panel consisting of interns and residents from a few of the internal medicine residencies in the Phoenix area to provide further guidance as to what comes ahead.

Brandon Abbott OMS-III
Lindsey Merritt OMS-I
Leeling Ong OMS-I
A. T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona

Back to March 2010 Issue of IMpact

More Articles Like This

Students: Join ACP for Free

Benefits of Membership for Students: ACP's free Medical Student Membership includes benefits designed especially to meet students' needs.

Join Now: Sign-up today and begin enjoying the benefits of ACP Medical Student Membership.

Find a Residency

Search ACP's Internal Medicine Residency Database for information on all internal medicine residency programs in the U.S. and Canada. (ACP Members only)

More search options

Share this article

Bookmark and Share

MKSAP 16 Holiday Special: Save 10%

MKSAP 16 Holiday Special:  Save 10%

Use MKSAP 16® to earn MOC points, prepare for ABIM exams and assess your clinical knowledge. For a limited time save 10% when you use priority code MKPROMO! Order now.

Maintenance of Certification:

What if I Still Don't Know Where to Start?

Maintenance of Certification: What if I Still Don't Know Where to Start?

Because the rules are complex and may apply differently depending on when you last certified, ACP has developed a MOC Navigator. This FREE tool can help you understand the impact of MOC, review requirements, guide you in selecting ways to meet the requirements, show you how to enroll, and more. Start navigating now.