Internal Medicine Interest Group of the Month: University of Vermont College of Medicine.
This has been an exciting new year for the University of Vermont College of Medicine Internal Medicine Interest Group (UVM COM IMIG). The group kicked off the year with two “Careers in Internal Medicine” discussion panels with physicians. The events were very successful and approximately 150 students attended. The first panel focused on general internal medicine and featured a hospitalist, a geriatrician and several internists who primarily work in outpatient medicine. The second panel featured subspecialists in cardiology, pulmonology and critical care medicine, nephrology, infectious disease and hematology/oncology.
In addition to providing helpful career planning resources, the UVM COM IMIG is actively involved in medical student education. We have invited a cardiologist to speak to the first year students who are currently studying gross anatomy to stress the importance of anatomy in internal medicine. We are also helping first and second year students gain clinical experience early in their education by arranging rounds with physicians on Saturday mornings.
The UVM COM IMIG is also addressing social, economic, and political issues in medicine. We have been planning an extended primary care week with the pediatrics, family medicine, and obstetrics/gynecology student interest groups as well as the American Medical Student Association which will culminate in students drafting a primary care advocacy letter to the state governor. We will be developing a workshop this fall on motivational interviewing, a non-judgmental step-wise approach to encouraging patients to make positive behavioral changes. We have also invited a speaker who will be sharing her insights on dealing with HIV and substance abuse in Native American populations in culturally sensitive ways. Finally, we will be hosting a documentary screening and discussion session regarding cultural barriers recent immigrants encounter in the American medical system.
Lastly, the UVM COM IMIG members enjoyed participating in the Vermont ACP Scientific Chapter Meeting which took place on October 13 in Vergennes, Vermont.
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