General Internal Medicine Discussion Panels Raise Student Awareness

In an era of increasing specialization, general internal medicine physicians are the “quarterback” of health care, coordinating a patient’s evaluation and treatment to ensure the best possible care. General internists provide patients with a full range of treatment, from primary to complex care. At the Miller School of Medicine, general internists are also leading health care into the future, serving as leaders in medical education and conducting important research on how care is delivered to patients.

The Miller School’s Division of General Internal Medicine is also playing a leadership role nationally in promoting the field to medical students. After a competitive national application process, the division was one of six selected to pilot the Society of General Internal Medicine’s “Proud to be GIM” campaign to raise student awareness about careers in general internal medicine.

“We are delighted to serve as ambassadors for General Internal Medicine to our students and trainees,” said Erin N. Marcus, M.D. M.P.H., associate professor of clinical medicine, who led the Miller School’s application effort. “This important initiative recognizes our division’s integral work in educating our students and residents, and in working to improve health for all members of our community.”

As part of the initiative, the division will host noon panel discussions on careers in general internal medicine. The next panel discussion will take place on Thursday, November 5, featuring Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H., Alex J. Mechaber, M.D., Paul E. Mendez, M.D., Monica Broome, M.D., Meaghan McNulty, M.D., Michael R. Mueller, M.D., Leonardo J. Tamariz, M.D., and Ana M. Palacio, M.D., M.P.H., on general internal medicine as a springboard for careers in teaching, research, community service and health policy. It will be held in the Rosenstiel Medical Sciences Building fifth-floor auditorium. Another panel discussion later in the year will focus on general internal medicine as a catalyst for innovation. The Miller School’s Internal Medicine and Preventive Health Interest groups are co-hosting the panels.

The division will also use its Facebook page and Twitter feed (@CanesGIM ) to promote general internal medicine.

“As we lead health care into the future, it will be a very exciting and opportune time to be in GIM,” said Division Chief Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D. M.P.H. “With health reform and an aging population, GIMers will certainly be playing a major role in shaping how health care will be delivered over the next century.”

The Society of General Internal Medicine’s ProudtobeGIM campaign is funded by the Hess Foundation. Click here to learn facts about the field of general internal medicine, find information for medical students, and ways in which established GIM physicians can interest their students and residents in the field. View the ProudtobeGIM video here.

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