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At Chicago Medical School, the Internal Medicine Interest Group
(IMIG) is an organization that reaches out to a variety of
students, whether they are absolutely set on a IM specialty track,
primary care, or simply undecided. Each year, IMIG presents
speakers to let students have a feel for different aspects of
medicine and the different types of practice. This year, in
addition to speakers, IMIG has a few other new and engaging events
in store for students.
Our first event of the year was Primary Care Week, which
highlighted the importance of primary care physicians and their
work, as well as the need for more physicians in this field based
on recent public health statistics. This event was a chance to
introduce students to topics that are not specifically covered in
the curriculum, such as health and economic policy, and included
discussions of the Affordable Care Act and the reasons for the
shortage of primary care physicians. This was also a chance to
collaborate with other primary care interest groups. Physician
speakers presented by IMIG and the family medicine and pediatrics
groups all sent a cohesive message to students about the work they
do and the importance of having primary care physicians available
for patients in the community. In addition to the speakers,
students were engaged through a trivia night, a documentary
screening, and speaking with fourth-year medical students about
applying to primary care residencies. Presenting this week
collectively with the American Medical Student Association and
different interest groups was a novelty, and by working together we
presented a more cohesive and compelling message about the
important role of primary care in the US health care system.
The next event we have planned for the year will be very
hands-on. We recognize that students respond to a more personalized
and active style of learning which can be rare during the first two
years of medical school. Although most schools offer some form of
clinical exposure during the first two years by bringing in mock
patients from the community or allowing students to observe in
clinic, students always want more of this experience. With the help
of internists in the community, IMIG will be conducting a history
and physical workshop for students. We plan to provide a time and
space for first and second year students to practice their history
and physical examination skills with feedback from one another and
from community internists. Students will also get exposure to
different types of patient conditions, because we have chosen
physicians who have specific patient population interests. We've
asked physicians to create patient scenarios for students and give
feedback after each patient encounter. This is especially helpful
to fine tune clinical skills and learn what information from the
history and physical examination are of interest to internists.
In addition to having these events, we have contacted
specialists, hospitalists, and residents to give talks explaining
their specific experiences. We will also be having a panel of
fourth-year students who have matched into IM. In past years, this
has been a fruitful way to glean important information from
upperclassmen about the application process and also provides an
opportunity for M4s to share their success stories. We look forward
to having an inspiring discussion again this year.
The IMIG is excited about our new projects this year and about
reaching students in a different way than in the past. As health
care practices continue to evolve and specific needs arise on the
basis of our health care climate, IMIG at Chicago Medical School
seeks to bring awareness to the student body. We look forward to
further interaction with physicians in the community and to finding
fun ways to engage with internal medicine. Our IMIG emphasizes the
importance of exposure and of letting that be the guiding force
when deciding our future careers. We are thrilled to share our
experiences with our student body and ACP.
Shilpa Shankar, MS2
Chicago Medical School
Back to March 2012
Issue of IMpact
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