Internal Medicine Interest Group of the Month: University of Mississippi.
The internal medicine interest group at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, named Club Med, was formed in October of 2000. Club Med has planned many exciting activities and experienced much growth over the past six years.
The majority of Club Med’s activities consist of bringing in monthly lunchtime speakers from the university and the city of Jackson. All participants enjoy lunch provided by the Department of Medicine while interacting with the speakers. Subjects such as private practice medicine, academic medicine, critical care medicine, history and physical taking skills, and gastroenterology are just a few of the many topics students have heard over the past two years. These meetings offer students an excellent source of information as well as an opportunity to ask questions.
One of the most popular meetings is a standing debate between the residency and fellowship program directors on the subject of the differences between various subspecialties and primary care. Students always have questions and enjoy interacting with the program directors.
Another favorite meeting occurs each April and is conducted by junior medical students. “How to Be a Good M3” provides information about all of the junior medical rotations. Students are given hints on how to exceed the expectations of residents and faculty on the varying services. Handouts are provided covering subjects such as general order writing, pediatric intake and output calculating, and a two-hour labor and delivery progress note. This meeting is well attended by the sophomore students.
This year Club Med will try a new afternoon topic for students and their significant others: tips for a couple to survive during medical school and beyond. We are eagerly anticipating this event.
Club Med also began to participate in community service projects this year. Three service committee co-chairs organized a project in which we signed and delivered Christmas cards to internal medicine inpatients. Cards were also sent to patients at a local hospice. We hope to continue participating in service and community projects in coming years.
The leadership in our group consists of a president from the senior class, president-elect from the junior class, 2 representatives from each class, and up to 4 service committee co-chairs. The officers receive wonderful support from our faculty advisor and 2 Department of Medicine staff members who assist in an advisory capacity. The president and president-elect also sit on the Mississippi ACP Chapter Council of Students and Associates. This group provides a wonderful bridge between the students and the Associate members of the ACP. Club Med is currently considering ways in which to encourage future ACP participation among students.
Among the many student activities at the University of Mississippi, Club Med continues to be a favorite among the students. We anticipate sustained growth and involvement in the years to come.
Lindsey B. McMullan
President, Club Med
University of Mississippi School of Medicine, 2007
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