Internal Medicine Interest Group of the Month: Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
The Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUCOM) Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) is gaining interest among the first year medical students this year. The challenges and opportunities that internal medicine provides appeal to many medical students and the officers hope to fuel that interest this year through club activities. The club leadership includes the basic four-tiered leadership found in most clubs, President Kevin McAninch, Vice-President Graham Johnson, Treasurer Jason Rapaport, and Secretary Jeremy Wachenschwanz. We also have two first-year liaisons, one for each curricular tract offered here at OUCOM, who allow us to increase communication and schedule accordingly between the first and second years.
A typical event from last year that we hope to build upon this year was a “What is an Internist?” meeting, led by our faculty advisor, educating the first years about internal medicine. This event provided the students a day in the life perspective as well as information about how residencies and fellowships work after medical school. Other events that further help educate students are skills labs, led by local internal medicine residents, using education tools to teach students basics of intubation, lumbar punctures and central line placements. These labs provide educational exposure to procedures performed by internists. Our club also sponsors lunch lectures collaboratively with Alumni Affairs or the Careers in Medicine series, which feature either alumni or other decorated physicians who come and speak to students about their particular field, specialty, or simply a topic of medicine that interests them. These events allow students to ask questions, learn about different aspects of clinical medicine, and hear actual clinical cases related to what they are learning in class.
The main fundraiser we hold every year is our Chilly Open Golf Tournament. This event includes a shotgun start, with teams of four playing a “scramble,” which allows for beginners as well as experts to participate. Students and members of the community are encouraged to participate and enjoy a friendly game. Prizes are awarded for the first place team, as well as individual prizes for the longest drive, the longest putt, and the closest to the pin on a par three. Both students and faculty look forward to this event every year.
One aspect of our IMIG that we hope to improve this year is our volunteer activities. Last year our club volunteered at Passion Works Studio, which locally collaborates between artists with and without developmental disabilities. Club members worked vigorously preparing the materials used for their unique passion flowers, which decorate many local buildings here in Athens. Giving back to the community is a truly rewarding experience for the club members.
The IMIG at OUCOM continues to improve every year. We hope to continually meet the needs of the students and provide an effective organization that highlights the field of internal medicine.
Kevin McAninch, OMS II
President OUCOM Chapter of SOIMA/IMIG
Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2012
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