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Internal Medicine Interest Group of the Month: State University of New York, Upstate Medical University at Syracuse

The key to our vibrant Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) at State University of New York (SUNY), Upstate Medical University at Syracuse resides in the keenly motivated and creative group officers, in association with highly supportive group advisors, all of whom have eagerly contributed their various skills to the novel approach we have instituted this year in promoting careers in internal medicine. The IMIG officers are: Sara Grethlein MD, FACP and David Duggan, MD, FACP (Faculty Advisors); James J. Calloway (President); Anita Sargent (Chief Editor of The Pulse); Sherin Varghese (Vice President); Cynthia Lien (Treasurer/Coordinator); Tiffany Denepitiya (Secretary); and Yung Lyou (Webmaster). Joining the ACP as Medical Student Members and employing the use of ACP funding for group activities has also proven to be an invaluable resource.

Rather than merely repeating what has been done in past years, we have consented as a group to create fresh ideas for giving students exposure to internal medicine careers. Early in the year we conducted table conferences featuring physicians from different internal medicine subspecialties who offered invaluable information on the requirements and lifestyle considerations of each. During December 2005 we hosted the highly successful First Annual Winter Holiday Concert at Upstate, in which we brought together faculty and students while promoting an awareness of careers in internal medicine. As an added bonus, the video recording of the concert played throughout our University Hospital, most notably bringing smiles to the faces of inpatients in the pediatric wards during the holiday season. We are currently in the planning stages for our next event, “Cardiology in 2006: Prevention and Transplantation,” featuring an alumnus of Upstate, John Bisognano, MD, FACP.

We have developed our own signature publication, The Pulse, that features high-quality articles by medical students in conjunction with faculty physicians. Our publication has proven to be the most efficient manner for our group to connect with the student body. The Pulse highlights current health topics important to internal medicine physicians and the innovative research done by students and faculty at Upstate. We also feature medical case studies, internal medicine subspecialty columns, and interviews with patients, physicians, and residents.

James J. Calloway and Anita Sargent, SUNY Upstate Medical University at Syracuse

Back to April 2006 Issue of IMpact

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