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During the 2010 calendar year, the Internal Medicine Student
Interest Group at the University of Kansas School of Medicine
focused on educating first- and second-year medical students about
the field of internal medicine. We held monthly lunch meetings that
fed the minds and stomachs of interested medical students. For each
meeting, a current fellow and a staff physician from an IM
specialty would discuss why they choose their respective career
path and how interested students can follow a similar path. They
also talked about the details of the specialty including lifestyle,
research, and day-to-day activities.
Since our medical school curriculum is an organ-based system,
the presenting physicians were chosen according to the current
studying topic for M1s or M2s. One meeting, however, was a case
presentation by a hospitalist about chest pain that was informative
and well-received by the students. At another meeting, an
oncologist and a hematology/oncology fellow discussed not only
their subspecialty, but also talked about making tough treatment
decisions and how to properly deliver bad news to patients. Our
attendance averaged about 60 students per meeting. Many of our
lunch meetings were co-sponsored with other interest groups on
campus, which strengthened attendance.
During the spring semester of 2010, IMSIG hosted events that
were meant to expose students to IM physicians not only in the
wards to prepare them for clinical rotations, but also in casual
settings to network with current IM physicians. We organized for 10
first- and second-year students to shadow GI physicians in the
Endoscopy Clinic over a one week time period. Also, it was the
inaugural year for "Rounds with Residents" where about 20 students
individually joined IM physicians at the KU Hospital for morning
rounds and reports. For a community service project, our group set
up a table display and demonstration at a health fair at a local
elementary school to educate children and their parents about the
importance of washing their hands.
One of the most popular event for IMSIG at KU is called "Dinner
with Docs." Physicians volunteer to host a certain number of
students at their house or a restaurant to provide a casual
atmosphere where students can get to know the physicians on a more
personal basis. "Dinner with Docs" has been so popular in the past
that we decided to host a companion event in the Fall semester
called "Drinks with Docs," which is a happy hour organized by
IMSIG. Both events provided a great networking opportunity for
students and allowed them to discuss various aspects of medical
education and the lifestyle of a practicing physician. Also in the
fall semester, KU IMSIG contributed to the greater Kansas City
community by hosting a coat drive that collected over 20 coats that
were donated to a local homeless shelter. All in all, 2010 was a
successful and busy year for IMSIG at the KU School of
Executive Board members:
The incoming executive board members want to continue the
popular lunch meetings while also expanding the role of IMSIG in
the medical school and local community. They are bringing fresh
ideas to the student group like setting up a mentorship program
with IM physicians, and surveying the students to gain insight
about future programs. They also want to organize a shadowing
experience in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab. Additionally; the
group is hoping to host a charity sporting event like a M1 vs. M2
dodge ball tournament that would raise money for a local charity
while also fueling the competition between the two medical school
classes. Ultimately, IMSIG will continue its mission to educate
medical students about the myriad of possibilities that exist
within the field of internal medicine.
Ashley Bloom, M2
Clayton Milner, M2
John Hunninghake, M2
Outgoing Co-Presidents, University of Kansas School of
January 2011 Issue of IMpact
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