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AAIM Member Spotlight

How long have you been a member of AAIM?

I’ve been a member of the Alliance for almost three years, since I was promoted to associate program manager at PinnacleHealth. At that time in my career, I needed to learn more about residency programs and networking.

Describe your typical day.

I’ve been at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine/HCA GME Consortium (Ocala) for about five months. The program started two years ago and we have 10 residents in PGY1 and 10 in PGY2. I present at conferences, give morning reports, participate in a lot of meetings and address residents concerns. In the afternoons, I typically dedicate time to research and quality improvement projects.

What is your favorite part of the job?

My favorite part of the job continues to be teaching and mentoring residents and working on research projects with them. I’ve been lucky to be in an academic hospital setting and have met and been influenced by many mentors, including:

  • Mukta Panda, MD, FACP—associate dean The UT College of Medicine Chattanooga
  • Dr. Liao, Professor and Vice Chair for Research Chief, Division of Epidemiology, Hershey Medical Center
  • Michael Young, former CEO, PinnacleHealth

All of these individuals played an important part in reaching my career goals.

How has the AAIM membership been of value to you and your career?

It’s been a gold mine for resources; the other day I was looking for clerkship curriculum tools on the website and was able to download many tools and information that were extremely valuable. I am also a member of the listserv—another gold mine. I usually ask for advice; the other day there was a question posted about ambulatory clinic; I called the person and it was a tremendous help to me.

I also look for grant opportunities, and haven’t missed any of the conferences.

What's your favorite moment of your career so far?

I think winning an Alliance grant for innovation on emotional intelligence this year. The plan is to look at emotional intelligence and physician burnout. It’s a multi-institutional collaboration with PinnacleHealth and the University of Tennessee.

Another important memory is when the residents gave me best mentor award at PinnacleHealth last year. 

What was your childhood dream job?

I always wanted to be a doctor. There wasn’t anything else I wanted to do. My uncle was a doctor and he was such a big inspiration to me. I wanted to help people, and I was fascinated by how to cure diseases.

How do you spend your free time?

I love mathematics and geometry. I read ancient books and do research on ancient mathematics—that is my passion. I write poetry also.

What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

I’m a voracious reader. When I was in India I finished reading all the books in a local library by ninth grade. My mom had to borrow books from neighbors so I could continue reading!


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The Alliance turns the spotlight on members to highlight how they are making a difference 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.  Member Spotlight appears regularly on www.im.org and in AAIM Connection. To nominate another member or yourself, submit a name online or email spotlight@im.org.

Pramil Cheriyath, MD

Pramil Cheriyath, MD
Program Director
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Central Florida College of Medicine/HCA GME Consortium (Ocala)