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Internal Medicine Interest Group of the Month: The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine


The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine's Internal Medicine Interest Group leadership. From L to R: Shashank Sinha, MSIV; Jim Woodruff, MD, FACP Internal Medicine Residency Program Director; Vineet Arora, MD, FACP Associate Program Director; Erin Cobain, MSIV; and Jami Rothe, MSIV.

The University of Chicago matriculated its first class of medical students in 1927 and was renamed the Pritzker School of Medicine in 1968. Our Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) was started in 2003. In the last year, the organization has increased its visibility on the university campus as well as in the greater Chicago area by strengthening ties with the ACP Northern Illinois Chapter leadership. Currently, we have an executive board comprised of several senior student leaders (Faraz Ahmad, Stuart Chen, Erin Cobain, Ann Laake, Jami Rothe, Shashank Sinha, and Kelly Snider), as well as representatives from each medical school class, that meet on a monthly basis to discuss and plan upcoming events for the organization. Jim Woodruff, MD, FACP; Vineet Arora, MD, FACP; Jeanne Farnan, MD; and Tracie Wilcox, MD, our faculty advisors, provide generous guidance and support to foster our dual mission: a) inform and educate our members regarding the specialty of internal medicine and its subspecialties and b) promote communication among members and faculty through mentoring, career advising, and networking opportunities.

We are very proud of our 2008-2009 agenda, which includes the following events:
1) Pritzker Morning Report is a quarterly simulation of resident report that introduces first- and second-year medical students to a typical medical complaint, such as chest pain and shortness of breath, and helps students develop basic clinical reasoning skills. A University of Chicago Chief Resident serves as our faculty discussant.
2) Career Development Seminar Series empowers students to explore internal medicine and its plethora of subspecialties (such as Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Pulmonary and Critical Care) via lecture by faculty members who present clinical vignettes and provide descriptions of their career path as well as information about their day-to-day activities.
3) IMIG at Pritzker Social Rounds provided a unique opportunity to formally launch our academic year and recruit more than 60 Pritzker students as new ACP members. Our aforementioned IMIG faculty advisors (see photo) hosted Pritzker Social Rounds, a social gathering for Pritzker medical students of all classes.
4) Medicine Morning Rounds enables first- and second-year medical students to shadow a third- or fourth-year medical student on the wards, allowing them to gain early exposure to clinical medicine as well as develop mentoring relationships with their peers.
5) The First Annual IMIG Chicago Networking Event, coordinated in conjunction with the ACP Northern Illinois Chapter leadership, will provide a unique networking opportunity in February 2009 for program directors, fellows, residents, and medical students in internal medicine. All proceeds will go directly to the Imerman Angels, a charitable organization that pairs cancer survivors with cancer fighters.
6) Internal Medicine Residency Panel Discussion provides an informal forum following the residency match for fourth-year medical students to answer questions from lower classmen regarding the application and interview process for internal medicine residency programs.
7) The Third Year Reflection Session provides third-year medical students an opportunity at the conclusion of their third year to share and discuss experiences, challenges, and triumphs as a clinical clerk in an informal venue.

We have watched the organization grow immensely over the last year and are looking forward to our remaining events.

Erin Cobain, Jami Rothe, and Shashank Sinha
Co-Directors, Internal Medicine Interest Group
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, 2009
Emails: ecobain@uchicago.edu, jrothe@uchicago.edu, shashank@uchicago.edu

Back to February 2009 Issue of IMpact

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