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The Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) at the University of
Rochester may only be in its eleventh year of existence, but has
grown by leaps and bounds and is now one of the most active student
groups on campus. The purpose of IMIG at Rochester is mainly to
introduce first and second year students to the wide array of
opportunities available through the specialty of internal medicine.
In the spirit of the biopsychosocial model professed at the U of R,
our group strives to make students aware of the social and economic
factors that impact the practice of internal medicine in our
evolving health care system. Our events reflect these goals by
exposing students to different subspecialties of internal medicine,
as well as innovations in the delivery of health care.
Our IMIG is currently run by four second-year medical students,
and each year in the spring first years are recruited to learn
about how the club is run. They take over the leadership
responsibilities during the fall of their second year. This system
creates continuity and commitment to our goals as a group.
In the past, IMIG has solely focused on lunch talks with
attendings from various subspecialties. Although we have continued
this tradition, we have also implemented unique opportunities for
students to interact with internal medicine physicians in a more
casual social environment. Our kickoff event for the year was a
faculty-student mixer at the dean's house, which had never been
done before. Dr. David Lambert is not only the dean of medical
education at Rochester, but he also serves as our co-advisor, along
with Dr. Debra Ogie, a hospitalist at Strong Memorial Hospital. Our
goal for this event was to establish a casual setting in which
first and second years could share their career and research
interests with physicians who each have their unique stories about
what drew them to their specialty. Physicians who attended the
event were both leaders in their fields and eager to discuss their
experiences with students. Students who attended the event were
enthralled by the variety of interesting and virtually limitless
opportunities available in internal medicine. It is no coincidence
that, after this event, attendance at subsequent talks was
considerably higher than in the past because of the interest
generated. We hope to continue this event for many years to
We have also continued the tradition of hosting Friday lunch
talks to introduce students to internal medicine subspecialties to
which we do not have much exposure in the first two years. For
example, physicians in pulmonary/critical care, endocrinology, and
cardiology were given the opportunity to highlight their career
fields to inquisitive students. In each of these talks, students
were able to ask questions about other aspects of the specialty,
such as lifestyle and research opportunities. Another talk was
given by Dr. Donald Bordley, the internal medicine residency
director, who shed light on what an IM residency entails and what
they look for in an applicant, including board scores, grades,
recommendations, etc. This was very informative for first and
second years who were confused about what is involved in the match
process and how they can bolster their application throughout
In order to promote the biopsychosocial model espoused at
Rochester, we have also sponsored talks that describe innovations
in this arena of medicine, namely in primary care. Our most recent
talk focused on the Patient-Centered
Medical Home was given by the chief of General Medicine at
Strong Memorial Hospital. This is a recent initiative being
undertaken by select primary care offices throughout the country
and may revolutionize preventive medicine and the quality and
continuity of care.
Nicole Altorelli - 2013
Travis O'Brien - 2013
Matthew Brockway - 2013
Howard Lin - 2013
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