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To complement the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A.
Carver College of Medicine's continued emphasis on primary care,
the goal of our Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) has been to
contribute to this legacy while keeping our students excited about
their future medical careers. We are organized as an eight person
leadership board representing each of the medical school classes
and are supervised by Dr. Joseph Szot and Dr. Manish Suneja.
Our academic year activities started with the Activities Fair
portion of the M1 Orientation, where board members sponsored a
booth to advertise our group activities, as well as help students
register to become ACP Medical Student Members. This past year, we
were able to attain approximately 40% ACP registration through this
effort. Our next activity was to sponsor our first lunch meeting,
which usually focuses on providing a general overview of internal
medicine for incoming students. This overview was coordinated by
multiple internal medicine faculty members who discussed the
logistics of residency, as well as the different subspecialty
fellowships available. After these general introductions, many
staff shared personal experiences from their internal medicine
training and reflected on those characteristics and moments that
ultimately inspired their career path.
Our second lunch meeting, entitled "Clinical Reasoning in
Internal Medicine," was a wonderful chance for both preclinical and
clinical students to witness two of the university's internists
work through a case presented by a current third- or fourth-year
student on an internal medicine service. Not only do these meetings
provide a fun, interactive reminder of what the students will be
doing in a few short years, it also puts on display some of the
greatest strengths of internal medicine training, such as problem
solving, physical examination skills, and physiology fundamentals.
Our last meeting of the fall semester—we hosted a Doctors Dilemma™
session, a Jeopardy-style competition - —was a new addition to our
meeting roster and was initiated to provide an interactive way for
students from all years to prepare for their upcoming examinations.
We created teams with members from each class and awarded our
winners with coffee house gift cards to help with the remainder of
After returning from winter break, we hosted our most popular
activity of the school year: the "Annual Chili Supper." This
two-hour event was hosted in our medical building atrium, with
dinner provided by a local catering company. This function provides
a casual atmosphere where internal medicine staff from every
subspecialty, including hospital and general medicine, can meet
with students in small groups and casually discuss their interests,
careers, and ultimately foster mentorship opportunities for
interested students. This continues to be a highly attended and
anticipated event for both students and staff alike. In addition to
having a second clinical reasoning session and Doctors Dilemma™
session in the spring semester, our group also sponsored a lunch
meeting that included a panel of third- and fourth-year medical
students from many different specialty interests to give advice
about scheduling and being successful in the clinical years.
Although we try to promote internal medicine both through our ACP
endeavors and our lunch meetings, this meeting helps to promote the
general goals of our preclinical students, even if they do not
ultimately pursue internal medicine.
Throughout our yearly endeavors, the University of Iowa IMIG
strives to promote the foundation of internal medicine, as well as
serve our students as they venture through their medical education.
We continue to expand our schedule of events and encourage
participation in our local ACP Chapter activities.
Andrea N. Ryan, MD
University of Iowa, Class of 2012
June 2012 Issue of IMpact
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