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The field of internal medicine represents the crux of what it
means to be a physician. William Osler said, "it is much more
important to know what sort of a patient has a disease than what
sort of a disease a patient has." Osler's words speak perfectly to
medical students who aspire to internal medicine (IM). It is the
responsibility of IM physicians to observe the exterior of the
patient and understand not only the physical pathophysiology that
threatens but also the emotional and psychological battle that wars
within the patient's mind.
At Penn State College of Medicine, our Internal Medicine
Interest Group (IMIG) strives to learn both the science and the art
of medicine and healing. We take pride in the patient-centered
model of care and are instructed in the importance of the medical
home model; the need for longitudinal continuity of care for our
patients; and the values of integrity, compassion, and
determination. Under the Hippocratic Oath, we have vowed to
remember that there is "an art to medicine as well as science, and
that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's
knife or the chemist's drug."
Our student-run group boasts a membership of almost 50% of our
student body. We aim to inform future physicians about the varying
career paths our field provides and the ever-evolving role of the
physician in the environment of health care policy reform. The
events organized by IMIG range from lunch lectures to skills
nights, a road trip to Philadelphia for a Health Care Reform
Symposium, and our own Penn State Health Care Reform Policy
With four second-year members of the board and two first-year
representatives, IMIG offers continuity of ideas and open lines of
communication across the preclinical student body. Our advisor,
general internist Larry Jones, MD, FACP has given wonderful support
by coordinating "skills nights", at which students have the
opportunity to test and improve their physical diagnostic
Our group also has monthly lunch lectures featuring doctors from
all branches of IM, including endocrinologists, hospitalists,
nephrologists, and palliative care specialists. These lectures
typically begin with a brief history of the physician's path to his
or her current position at the hospital and tips and tricks of the
trade, followed by a "mystery case" allowing for a collaborative
differential diagnosis, discussion, and question-and-answer period
to close out the session. The aim of these lectures is to stimulate
interest in the field among students who are unsure which path they
will pursue in medicine.
We have had the residency director, Dr. Edward Bollard, FACP
speak about clerkships, research, and some of the "how-tos" of an
application for residency in IM. Other lectures this year featured
rheumatology, palliative care, med/peds, and the Medical Home
Project. Our group has also participated yearly in a dinner
sponsored by the ACP and hosted by Dan Kimball, MD, FACP, Governor
of the ACP Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter. With the historic changes
occurring this year in our health care delivery system, we found it
appropriate to turn IMIG's focus toward health care reform policy
and the health care law being debated in Congress.
As our biggest event of the year, we have coordinated with Dr.
Kimball and our Vice Dean of Educational Affairs, Dr. Richard
Simons, MACP to host a collaborative panel comprising doctors,
hospital administrators, and local political representatives. Its
purpose is to interest students in learning how health care reform
will affect not only our patients but also our practice as
physicians. Whether we are surgeons, internists, dermatologists, or
primary care docs, we do an injustice to our patients and ourselves
by NOT knowing about health care reform. In tandem with this lunch
lecture panel, several IMIG board members and interested
participants will be traveling to Philadelphia for the Health Care
Policy Symposium at Temple University School of Medicine,
cosponsored by the ACP.
As leader of the group this year, I can honestly say that IMIG
at Penn State's College of Medicine has been more than just a
club-it has become a tightly knit community of open-minded
individuals with a hunger to explore the vast field of medicine. We
are always enthusiastic and motivated to discuss, discover, and ask
questions. We are grateful and inspired by our mentors at Penn
State, who encourage our continued perseverance on the path of
transformation from bright-eyed, bushy-tailed medical students into
student doctors and, eventually, into full-fledged healers, armed
with the scientific knowledge and the artful compassion that will
allow us to become not just good physicians who treat the disease
but, as Osler said, "great physicians who treat the patient who has
IMIG Leader, Penn State College of Medicine
January 2013 Issue of IMpact
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