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The field of internal medicine, which demands a vast breadth of
knowledge of adult medicine, no doubt breeds physicians who are
excited by the notion of solving mysteries and puzzles. Sir Arthur
Conan Doyle, the mastermind behind Sherlock Holmes, was, after all,
a physician himself.
With that in mind, the Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG)
at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine (BSOM)
is aiming to build the foundation for a new wave of
With fresh and energetic leadership in 2009-10, IMIG at BSOM has
been resurrected and redesigned. As a result of a strong presence
during orientation week activities, an all-time record percentage
of students at the School of Medicine are now members of the
American College of Physicians. The group, which provides unique
opportunities for students to explore the intricacies of internal
medicine and its many subspecialties, is co-chaired by second-year
students Avash Kalra and Lakshman Swamy. Joining them on the IMIG
Leadership Board are classmates Andrea Ament and Brian
In the Fall of 2009, the chapter held its first event of the
academic year, an evening dinner meeting featuring Steven Burdette,
MD, FACP, Associate Professor of Medicine at Wright State and the
Medical Director of Infectious Diseases at Greene Memorial Hospital
(Xenia, Ohio). Dr. Burdette, former Chief Resident in Wright State
University's Internal Medicine program, also serves as an advisor
for the BSOM chapter of IMIG. In his engaging talk, which drew a
full lecture hall of students, he used a grid to compare and
contrast the many internal medicine subspecialties, thereby giving
students information about such issues as the length of training
for an endocrinology fellowship and an idea of the conditions that
a critical care physician might treat.
Throughout the year, IMIG co-chairs Kalra and Swamy have also
encouraged students at BSOM to learn more about internal medicine
residencies via a particularly unique outlet, by hearing direct
interviews with internal medicine residency program directors. The
duo hosts a weekly medical radio talk show entitled Radio Rounds
(online at www.radiorounds.org, with podcasts
of each episode available for free on iTunes).
Thus far in 2010, Radio Rounds, in collaboration with IMIG, has
featured interviews with Steven Reichert, MD, FACP, Director of
Cornell University's Internal Medicine Residency Program at New
York Hospital Queens; Leonard Feldman, MD, FACP, Co-Director of the
new joint Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency program at Johns
Hopkins University; and Kevin Hinchey, MD, FACP, Director of the
Internal Medicine residency program at Tufts University; and
Said Kalra, "Any student interested in internal medicine is
encouraged to listen to these interviews because we really gain
some invaluable insights. Topics in our interviews range from the
residency application process to personal patient stories that
really highlight the humanistic qualities of internal
Upcoming events hosted by IMIG at BSOM include a 'Mock Code'
simulation exercise at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. Dr.
Joseph See (ACP Member), who also serves as an advisor to the
group, is coordinating the meeting. Students will work with the
hospital's innovative "Sim-man," designed to give students as close
to a real-life experience as possible of handling a 'code'
situation. This event will be coordinated by the newly selected
2010-11 IMIG board, which includes new co-chairs Ankush Kalra and
Brad Sanville, both of whom are members of the BSOM Class of
In addition, students at BSOM will soon have the opportunity to
shadow internal medicine physicians through a program designed by
the IMIG Leadership Board. Students who are interested in internal
medicine, or in particular subspecialties, will be part of a
regular rotating shadow schedule with physicians in the greater
"Students who are interested in internal medicine, or in
particular subspecialties, will be part of a regular rotating
shadow schedule with physicians in the greater Dayton area,"
explained Swamy. "This will expose first and second year students
to the patient interactions within internal medicine, long before
their third year rotations and fourth year electives. The goal is
for students to shadow in every specialty of internal medicine,
especially general internal medicine, by the end of an academic
With this shadowing endeavor the latest project on the horizon
for IMIG at BSOM, it's safe to say that students will have access
to opportunities that will aid them in their career choices and
that will showcase the qualities that internal medicine has to
And, in the end, they may just gain the tools to solve some
puzzles as well.
Avash Kalra, Lakshman Swamy, Andrea Ament, and Brian
Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Class of
2009-10 Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) Leadership
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2010 Issue of IMpact
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