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Since being first featured as the Internal Medicine Interest
Group of the Month in the
September 2008 issue of IMpact, the Thomas-Hardy Internal
Medicine Society (THIMS) of Meharry Medical College's School of
Medicine has continued to maintain an abounding presence on the
Meharry campus and in the surrounding community of Nashville,
Meharry Medical College was originally founded in 1876 as the
Medical Department of the Central Tennessee College on a promise of
recompense, traditionally known at Meharry as the "Salt Wagon
Story," where Samuel Meharry, who was a young Caucasian salt
trader, received help from an unidentified African-American former
slave family when he experienced extreme difficulty traveling
throughout the hilly topography of Tennessee. He made a vow to one
day return the favor by doing something for the service of the
Today, the institution that bears his name continues to be a
beacon of hope and healthcare to those who are medically
underserved and disadvantaged in the metropolitan Nashville
community. Additionally, the College continues to be one of the
largest producers of minority healthcare providers of dental,
allopathic medical, and graduate professional healthcare services
in the United States.
Originally founded as the Meharry Medicine Club of Meharry
Medical College in September of 1997, THIMS continues to fulfill
its purpose of exposing all medical students interested in internal
medicine to trusted resources and information to help cultivate
their interest and foster their entry into both the general and
subspecialty fields of internal medicine. We also continue to honor
Dr. Robert E. Hardy and the cherished memory of the late and great
Dr. John Thomas, Jr., FACP, FACC, the namesakes and founding
fathers of the organization, who saw the need to establish an
internal medicine interest club for students at Meharry.
During the 2009-2010 academic year, our group focused on
exposing members to the goals and provisions of healthcare reform
in this country, by providing talks by various internal medicine
faculty, ranging in topics from ACP's role in healthcare reform to
the efficacy of the reform on current medical students. Internists
at both Meharry and Vanderbilt Schools of Medicine provided
targeted talks on their various subspecialties in medicine, ranging
from infectious disease to the daily life of an endocrinologist. We
toasted Meharry's President and CEO, Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA,
MACP, as he achieved the position of Mastership in the ACP.
Community service activities included rendering first aid and
blood pressure checks at the annual African Street Festival in
Nashville, providing educational materials on H1N1 influenza to
attendees at Meharry's annual Community Day events in November, and
visiting the local Ronald McDonald House in April to provide Easter
Goodie Bags to the sheltered children and their families.
The highlight of our year, however, was our attendance at the
ACP Conference in Toronto, Ontario, during April 22-24, 2010. Due
to our excellent fundraising efforts, we were able to provide
travel expenses for seven of our members, who ranged in
classification from first-year to fourth-year medical students. We
solicited donations from various individuals, sponsored two
spaghetti lunch sales, and sold muffins at breakfast to first- and
second-year medical students throughout the year.
Our current Executive Board is comprised of the following
officers and respective positions:
Our current advisors are:
Our goals for this academic year are just the same. We will
continue Meharry's rich tradition of "worship of God through
service to mankind" by extending our community service efforts
further, and we are currently in the process of applying for a
Health Fair Grant from the ACP in order to help us do so. We also
have plans to join with the Physicians for Human Rights to sponsor
a clothing drive for the area homeless and to engage in local
church health fairs to provide education and screening on
maintaining healthy blood pressures.
Also, in the month of November, we will welcome and celebrate
our new internal medicine faculty and those who have achieved
Fellowship status in the ACP. With this, it is quite evident that
our founding principles of stimulating student interest in internal
medicine and fostering hardy student-faculty bonds are still upheld
and effected today in the proceedings of our current society's
Earl Stewart, Jr., MS-II
Vice President/President-Elect Meharry Medical College IMIG
November 2010 Issue of IMpact
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