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In the early 1900s, Sir William Osler proclaimed that "the very
first step towards success in any occupation is to become
interested in it." A century later, medical students at the
University of California, Irvine (UCI), are taking this step by
participating in the Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG). The
IMIG at UCI was established in 1999 and revitalized in 2009 with
the purpose of fostering professional growth and career development
of students interested in internal medicine. For the past two
years, the diverse leadership team has doubled in size, and more
than 33% of medical students at UCI are now ACP student members.
The IMIG at UCI has grown extensively and refined programs that
empower students to become successful internists.
The Executive Board structure allows for the best implementation
and sustainability of programs. The Co-Presidents, one second-year
and one third-year student, direct the group's internal and
external affairs. Selected second-year students serve as Vice
President of Outreach, Co-Vice Presidents of Education, and Co-Vice
Presidents of the Mentor Program. After serving as a Co-President
or Vice President, third- and fourth-year students are Board
Members and Senior Advisors, respectively. The faculty advisor and
UCI Internal Medicine Residency Program Director, Dr. Lloyd Rucker,
is an integral part of the Executive Board and the success of
Several UCI IMIG programs teach members about the many primary
care and subspecialty pathways in internal medicine. For instance,
monthly Subspecialty Spotlights and annual participation in
National Primary Care Week offer candid physician-led forums.
Students learn about fellowship and a "day in the life" of the
physician, oftentimes with video examples of diagnostic data, such
as an echocardiogram or colonoscopy.
Members of IMIG are also paired with a physician as part of the
Mentor "Match" Program. Physicians from UCI Medical Center,
clinics, and the Veterans Affairs Long Beach Medical Center mentor
students whose interests range from single-visit exposure to
monthly visits. The IMIG at UCI also established the I'M
Interested newsletter and distributed four editions to all
medical students in order to supplement and promote IMIG
The IMIG at UCI expands student knowledge through programs that
integrate medical students, internal medicine residents, chief
residents, and faculty. Monthly case presentations with Dr. Rucker
allow students to fine-tune their diagnostic skills. Case topics
correlate with the basic science curriculum. Thus, these
interactive sessions give students a break from flashcards and
textbooks and show them how to approach cases through the eyes of
Other events use the new simulation
center at the School of Medicine. A "Sim Lab" event had students
rotate in groups of three to four to assess and manage hospitalized
patients with the help of residents. A station dedicated to
questions and answers about internal medicine with Dr. Matthew
Butteri, the Internal Medicine Clerkship Director, was an
insightful "rest stop" between the challenging simulation stations.
A large procedure workshop with the residents; chiefs; and faculty,
including Dr. Elizabeth Turner, UCI Medical Intensive Care Unit
Director, allowed students to practice ultrasound-guided central
line placement, thoracentesis, lumbar puncture, and intubation.
The vision of UCI IMIG goes beyond local hospitals and current
students. Future goals include establishing an annual research
scholarship, expanding the Mentor Program, and strengthening
outreach with the local ACP Chapter. Students at UCI have attended
local and national meetings and successfully participated in ACP
competitions. Because an IMIG board member serves on the local
Governor's Council, there is ample opportunity for further
With continuation of programs and implementation of future
plans, UCI IMIG will keep inspiring medical students to take the
step and pursue a career in internal medicine. Special thanks to
past and current chief residents, faculty mentors, and those who
have played an integral role in the establishment and
revitalization of UCI IMIG.
Erum Iqbal, Class of 2013, Co-President
Brian Luu, Class of 2014, Co-President
Heather Sand, Class of 2012, Senior Advisor
January 2012 Issue of IMpact
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