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The Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) at Louisiana State
University (LSU) School of Medicine in New Orleans was founded in
1999 and in 2000 was renamed the Edgar Hull Society (EHS) in honor
of the late Dr. Edgar Hull, a renowned physician, cardiologist, and
the past chairman of LSU's Department of Medicine. For over 12
years, the EHS has promoted the field of internal medicine to LSU
medical students, other members of the LSU Health Sciences Center
community, and the public at large through a variety of activities
Our leadership structure is little different this year compared
with years past. To help balance experience and student
accessibility, this year's copresidents were one second-year
student and one fourth-year student as opposed to our tradition of
having two fourth-year copresidents. We have also added two new
board positions: the IMIG clinical skills coordinator and the ACP
This year, one recurring theme for our group was collaboration.
Not only did we collaborate more effectively and efficiently
through our modified leadership structure, but we also collaborated
with other groups and individuals to produce better events. At this
year's official kick-off meeting, we collaborated with the ACP
Louisiana governor, Dr. Fred Lopez, MD, FACP, along with our
department chairman, Dr. Charles Sanders, MD, MACP, to introduce
the benefits of the ACP.
For our second meeting, we partnered with the local chapter of
the American Medical Student Association to bring in a
representative from the Louisiana Department of Health and
Hospitals, who led students in a discussion of health care policy
and advocacy. For our third meeting, we joined forces with the
Hematology/Oncology Interest Group to bring in Dr. Shibu Varughese,
a Hematology Oncology fellow, who brought in one of his patients in
order to expose students to one of internal medicine's
We kicked off the spring by inviting Dr. Angie Johnson, an ACP
Council of Young Physicians member and an internal medicine
attending physician from LSU's Internal Medicine Residency Program
in Baton Rouge, to give a presentation to first- and second-year
students on how to be an effective clinical student. At our most
recent meeting, a physician-scientist from LSU's Division of
Pulmonology introduced students to the fundamentals of clinical
research and also advised students about research opportunities
available at the school.
One new EHS venture is the creation of IMIG clinical skills
labs, focused seminars on such topics as electrocardiography and
chest radiograph interpretation intended for small groups of
students. In collaboration with the Emergency Medicine Interest
Group, our IMIG clinical skills coordinator is currently working to
establish these new free clinical skills labs. Finally, our new ACP
liaison actively promotes ACP membership and resources and has
already collaborated with the ACP Council of Student Members to
create several outstanding networking social events for local ACP
members, as well as students attending ACP's Internal Medicine 2012
in New Orleans! Over the course of this year, we have found that
our collaborative endeavors have resulted in divided work effort,
decreased meeting expenses, increased meeting attendance, increased
awareness of internal medicine and the ACP, and thus better overall
The LSU IMIG/EHS has had another outstanding year. The group has
grown tremendously since its inception in 1999. As of January 2012,
54% of our medical school students (393 students) are members of
the organization, which places LSU New Orleans IMIG/EHS as one of
the largest organizations on campus.
Ryan Estaris, L2 Copresident
Catherine Simpson, L4 Copresident
September 2012 Issue of IMpact
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