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In South Texas, internal medicine is unique, with its
predominantly Hispanic patient population and diverse urban and
rural clinical settings. The Internal Medicine Student Interest
Group (IMSIG) at the University of Texas Health Science Center at
San Antonio (UTHSCSA) reflects this diversity in its multifaceted
programming, which includes informing students about internal
medicine, providing opportunities in community service, and
advocating for primary care medicine in collaboration with other
student groups on campus.
Our group holds monthly meetings on campus that are open to all
students. At these meetings we feature some aspect of internal
medicine. Topics this year have ranged from subspecialties in
internal medicine to summer preceptorship opportunities. This
year's highlight was an "Hour of Clinical Pearls," in which three
internal medicine doctors presented interesting case scenarios that
provided unique "clinical pearls" of wisdom. The case presentations
were interactive and engaging and demonstrated the broad range of
clinical topics that comprise internal medicine and the excitement
of clinical problem-solving.
In addition to on-campus programs, IMSIG hosts monthly diabetes
screenings in the community with support from the UTHSCSA Center
for Medical Humanities and Ethics. Diabetes is common in San
Antonio and affects nearly 12% of the population - 2.5% more than
the national average. At our diabetes screenings, we train
first-year and second-year medical students to screen patients for
diabetes and counsel those with a high blood sugar level about ways
to improve their lifestyle and avoid life-threatening complications
of this prevalent and costly disease. We follow-up by phone on
patients with high blood sugar levels to encourage them with their
lifestyle changes and to track our impact on their understanding of
diabetes and their response to our interventions. We presented the
results of these studies at the annual UTHSCSA Community Service
The final major effort of IMSIG goes beyond South Texas to
address a national concern in health care - the growing shortage of
primary care physicians (PCP). The shortage of PCPs disrupts the
efficient delivery of health care in the United States. In
coordination with the Family Medicine Interest Group, Pediatrics
Interest Group, and two community outreach groups (Frontera De
Salud and Student-Run Free Clinics), IMSIG is working to encourage
more UTHSCSA medical students to consider a career in primary care.
With support from the Departments of Medicine, Family Medicine, and
Pediatrics, the School of Nursing, and the School of Health
Professions, we have founded a Primary Care Progress chapter at
UTHSCSA. This group held the school's first annual Primary Care
Week in the spring. Primary Care Week featured daily panel
discussions on the current state of primary care and highlighted
challenges and innovations. We also held a primary care poster fair
and a town hall meeting, which culminated in the establishment of
an interdisciplinary Primary Care Institute to foster innovation in
primary care in San Antonio and nationally.
With the support of the American College of Physicians and our
faculty advisor, Dr. Kristy Kosub, IMSIG at UTHSCSA can pursue a
broad range of activities. Much like the practice of internal
medicine, our efforts are diverse and collaborative, beginning on
campus but affecting our community in South Texas and working
toward improved health care throughout the country.
President, Internal Medicine Student Interest Group
UT Health Science Center San Antonio School of Medicine, Class of
November 2012 Issue of IMpact
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