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AAIM Member Spotlight

How long have you been a member of AAIM?
I became an associate program director in the department of Internal Medicine at Rush about eight or nine years ago and joined the Alliance around that time.  My entire career has been at Rush, including my medical school and residency training, chief residency and subsequent faculty appointment.

Describe your typical day.
Busy!  However, it’s always been very rewarding.  I never thought of myself as having a typical day because each day is so different.  My work involves supervising residents, interacting with patients, teaching, faculty development, and the activities related to my membership in the Alliance. 

What is your favorite part of the job?
Apart from patient care, due to my interest in curriculum design and assessment, it is the “behind the scenes” work that happens in medical education that I enjoy the most. We often think of “teaching” as a faculty member showing up to teach a course – which is of course a lot of fun, however, what I also love is developing a curriculum, designing assessment systems and having the opportunity to watch it all come to life as the residents, and faculty use the product we created.  The real fun is watching it all come to fruition, having others use it, critique it, seeing what the response is, and trying to improve it. Ultimately, this translates into being of service to patients in a different way other than providing direct clinical care at the bedside.

How has the AAIM membership been of value to you and your career?
Being a member of the Alliance has afforded me so many learning opportunities including serving on committees such as the Clinical Competency Committee Collaborative over the last year and a half to participating in the APDIM mentorship program. There are so many ways to get involved in the Alliance to develop yourself in whatever career path you are pursuing. More recently, my focus has been on how clinical competency committees work and I was fortunate to be part of that collaborative.

Through AAIM, you can be a lifelong student. I find myself going to meetings each year and each time I go I get something new and different out of it. It is an amazing professional home. The rewards are such that you can continue to benefit for a lifetime.

What's your favorite moment of your career so far?
Right now, it’s having just graduated from the Masters Program in Health Professions Education at University of Illinois in Chicago. It took me four years.

What was your childhood dream job?
I wanted to be a novelist. I love to read. I remember my parents shooing me outside to play but my nose was always in a storybook of some sort.

How do you spend your free time?
I like to travel, run, and spend time with family.

What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I love tea parties!  For the last 15 years, I’ve hosted an annual tea party for the ladies in my family. They know it’s always on the first Saturday in December. They come over and we celebrate family by my fireside. 

Andem (Andy) Ekpenyong, MD

Andy Ekpenyong

Associate Program Director
Department of Internal Medicine
Rush University Medical Center

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The Alliance turns the spotlight on members and highlights how they are making a difference in their career and how they have benefited from AAIM membership.

It offers an opportunity for you to share your story with your colleagues, inspire future academic internal medicine professionals, and strengthen awareness of the profession and association. The Member Spotlight will appear regularly on www.im.org and in AAIM Connection. If you are interested in being highlighted or nominating another member for the spotlight, submit a name online or email spotlight@im.org.