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The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Internal
Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) was revitalized in 2009 after a
hiatus of a few years when the group went inactive. Since 2009, the
group has grown in size and popularity, starting off with only one
officer in 2009. It now has four officers, as well as class
representatives from each of the four classes at the UAMS College
of Medicine. The officer positions include president,
vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. Officers and class
representatives are elected by general election conducted via the
UAMS e-mail listserver. This year, we have also added an appointed
position for a community service coordinator, which will transition
to being an elected position in the following years.
Our IMIG puts on activities that we hope will be beneficial to
all of the classes at UAMS. We hold monthly lunch meetings where we
invite physicians from internal medicine and its subspecialties to
speak to anyone interested. These meetings regularly have an
attendance of 60 to 75 students, and the attendees are generally
students from the preclinical years. Recent speakers have included
Dr. Robert Bradsher from the UAMS Division of Infectious Diseases;
Dr. Robert Hopkins, director of the UAMS Med-Peds Residency Program
and outgoing Arkansas ACP governor; Dr. Michael Saccente, the UAMS
internal medicine residency program director; and Dr. John
Williams, one of the UAMS internal medicine chief residents.
We also hold functions aimed specifically at students in the
clinical years who are interested in internal medicine as a career.
For the past two years, we have held dinners for seniors applying
to medicine where they can speak with current internal medicine
residents at UAMS to discuss issues regarding residency
applications and interviews. At the end of the year, we hold a
dinner where juniors considering internal medicine can speak with
seniors who have matched into medicine to discuss issues regarding
planning the senior year and applying to residency programs. This
year, we have appointed a senior student as the community service
coordinator with the goal of initiating community service projects
sponsored by our IMIG.
Dr. Sara Tariq is our faculty advisor, and she works with the
group's officers to help plan our meetings. She has also served as
an advocate for our group when it comes to generating funding for
our activities. She has been a vital resource to our group, and we
couldn't do it without her! Each fall, the Arkansas Chapter of ACP
holds a poster competition at UAMS. Our IMIG has worked to increase
the number of students who submit and present posters at this
competition. There are two separate categories for student posters:
"Best Clinical Case Poster" and "Best Research Poster." The winners
of these posters receive sponsorship to present their posters at
the annual national ACP meeting.
We feel that internal medicine is gaining in popularity here at
UAMS. Since the revitalization of our group three years ago, we
have worked to increase the number of student members of ACP at our
institution, as well as within our own IMIG. Last year, we had
unprecedented interest from students wishing to be involved with
our group. The officers and class representatives of our IMIG are
passionate about internal medicine, and we work to share that
passion with our classmates at every opportunity. We feel that the
success of our interest group is due largely to the passion and
dedication of our officers, class representatives, and faculty
Thomas Stewart Atkinson
UAMS, Class of 2012
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2012 Issue of IMpact
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