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Internal Medicine Interest Group of the Month: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences


The Internal Medicine Interest Group at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), named Club Med, has continued its tradition of offering activities related to current topics in medicine and is pleased with its high level of student participation. This year several of our panel discussions focused on the relevance of medicine in humanitarian operations abroad and in the United States in addition to internal medicine’s essential role in supporting our troops that are in harm’s way. Other panel discussions have explored opportunities in infectious diseases and how residents perceive their training. Guest speakers have described and reflected on their experiences that have ranged from practicing in a Department of Defense facility, deploying to the Middle East, and providing aid to the victims of hurricane Katrina and last year’s tsunami.

Club Med sponsors at least two activities for students each month. Panel discussions are open to everyone, and we have had strong attendance from both first and second year students (anywhere from 50 to 120 students per meeting). The panel format facilitates interaction between guest physicians and students. Our goal has been to provide panel discussions on a variety of topics so that students are exposed to the many career paths that internal medicine offers. Both generalists and subspecialists have shared their experiences and fielded questions from our student body.

Our workshops and morning report activities are limited to a certain number of participants because of our desire to provide hands-on instruction in a variety of topics germane to internal medicine physicians. One of our most successful workshops this year was about how to write a case report. Several of the students applied what they learned and presented posters at the ACP Navy Chapter Scientific Meeting in San Diego or the ACP Washington, DC, Chapter Scientific Meeting, while other students will present posters at the upcoming ACP Air Force Chapter Meeting in San Antonio. Upcoming workshop topics include, “How to Approach Monoarticular Arthritis”, “The Ins and Outs of Renal Failure”, “The Undilated Eye Exam”, and “ECG Interpretation Vignettes”.

In November 2005 many of our Club Med members participated in the activities of the ACP DC Chapter Scientific Meeting. USUHS hosted many events for students, and one of the most popular of these was the breakfast with residents. The breakfast provided a relaxing environment to talk about what lies ahead for students when they become residents in medicine. It was also a great local opportunity for students to experience presenting their research posters to judges.

We are also planning the third DC-area ACP medical student “Steps to Success” meeting. This meeting is a joint collaboration of faculty and students from USUHS, Georgetown University, George Washington University, and Howard University. There will be a mentoring breakfast, workshops, a medical jeopardy session, and multiple panel discussions. Last year over 100 faculty and students participated in this event.

Please join us at any of our future events if you can. The Club Med web site contains information about upcoming topics and locations. Feel free to check it out.

Wendy Gordon, Alison Smith, and Shane Biedermann
Club Med Student Leaders, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Back to February 2006 Issue of IMpact

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