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The new 2011-2012 officers for AIMS (Association of Internal
Medicine Students) at UT-Houston in the Texas Medical Center have
collectively implemented the goal for our IMIG to be more active
and hands-on than previous years, as well as to better involve our
3rd- and 4th-year members. To tackle this undertaking, we rolled up
their sleeves and got to work.
We began by planning two lunch lectures in September to
highlight the popular IM subspecialty choices cardiology and
gastroenterology. Later in the month, we organized a dinner with
residents and leaders from the Texas A&M Internal Medicine
Residency Program, one of the larger and more popular IM programs
in the state, for our 3rd- and 4th-year members. This event
provided not only a great networking opportunity for our students
preparing to apply for residency, but also a chance to discuss
opportunities and program features specific to internal medicine
training at Texas A&M.
We recently asked our faculty advisor, Mark Farnie, MD what
skill his students were most deficient in coming into their
Internal Medicine clerkship 3rd year. He replied, without
hesitation, that third year clerks lacked phlebotomy skills, AIMS
responded by organizing a blood draw skills session. After a short
tutorial to kick off the session, the 2nd-year AIMS members began
drawing blood from each other. The event was a success, and all
participants came away with increased confidence and a few small
Lastly, our officers selected the two most qualified 1st-year
members for our "MS1 Committee," designed to better represent our
first-year members, offer fresh ideas, and gain the necessary
experience to lead AIMS as next year's officers. This eager
committee is already at work enhancing our IMIG website and
organizing a database of Internal Medicine physicians who are
willing to mentor students interested in their subspecialties, and
provide extensive shadowing opportunities. We feel that this
database will be a valuable bridge between our members and IM
Our busy September has carried over into events planned for
October and beyond. AIMS requires service in the community from its
members, and our first sponsored event this year will be sorting
medical supplies with Project C.U.R.E. (Commission on Urgent Relief
and Equipment). Project C.U.R.E. goes out into underserved and
international communities, assesses needs, and provides relief to
these communities in the form of hundreds of thousands of dollars
worth of medical supplies each week.
October also marks the beginning of AIMS's new collaboration
with the Baylor College of Medicine IMIG by holding a monthly
journal club at the home of a sponsoring faculty member. In our
first meeting we will discuss the landmark COURAGE and JUPITER
trials with one of its authors, Dr. James T. Willerson, Professor,
and Edward Randall III, Chair in Internal Medicine at UT and
President of Texas Heart Institute. We are excited about this new
opportunity for our members and grateful to Baylor for initiating
our first collaborative event.
Looking ahead, AIMS will continue our tradition of promoting
primary care by hosting a lunch meeting with the ACP Texas
Internal Medicine Statewide Preceptorship Program (GIMSPP).
GIMSPP matches students interested in internal medicine with
physicians willing to work with them for four weeks of the summer
between first and second year. This popular program provides
students with valuable exposure to primary care, practice taking
H&Ps, and interacting with real patients for the first
In the spring we will host a banquet at which our 4th-year
students who have matched into various Internal Medicine residency
programs can meet with our less-seasoned members. This banquet is
also a great opportunity to recognize our 4th-year students for
their long commitment to internal medicine. We believe that
realizing these goals and providing these experiences for the next
generation of internists and primary care physicians captures the
spirit of internal medicine more fully. We feel our IMIG's
activities effectively promote the spirit of scholarship, service,
Clint Thurber, Class of 2014
UT Houston AIMS President
October 2011 Issue of IMpact
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