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AAIM Member Spotlight
How long have you been a member of AAIM?
I have been a member of AAIM since 2003, when I was an Associate Program Director in the University of Connecticut’s Internal Medicine Residency Program, and I attended the first Academic Internal Medicine Week. I became Program Director of the Internal Medicine program in 2005, and now I am the Designated Institutional Official (DIO) and oversee all residency and fellowship programs that we sponsor.
Describe your typical day.
I don’t think any day is typical. I am a primary care physician, so I see patients, precept internal medicine residents and do a fair amount of teaching in clinics. I still attend didactic conferences and do administrative work in my role as the DIO.
What is your favorite part of the job?
I think it is interacting with, mentoring, and teaching the residents. It is a very rewarding feeling when you teach someone else how to care for patients and that light bulb clicks.
How has the AAIM membership been of value to you and your career?
As a member of the Alliance, I meet wonderful people and am able to bounce ideas off colleagues.
I’ve had the opportunity to sit on many committees. I am chair of the AAIM’s Medical Student to Resident Interface Committee where we focus on how medical students can be better prepared for internship.
It’s been a great professional development opportunity.
Everybody has their own sense of home—but for me the Alliance is home.
I would encourage anyone peripherally involved to find opportunities to get more involved. It is such a great organization to be part of to develop professionally as well as personally.
What's your favorite moment of your career so far?
It really was a bittersweet moment—when I became DIO, I had to step down as Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency. It was tough to step away, but the well wishes and comments from current and former residents and staff made me reflect on what I’ve done and know that I’ve touched people’s lives as a program director.
What was your childhood dream job?
I didn’t think I’d be a physician until I was about to graduate from college. I was a biology major and thought I would be a teacher as both my parents were educators. I started doing research at the medical school affiliated with my college and then I applied.
How do you spend your free time?
I have two boys (ages 17 and 14) and spend a lot of time coaching their sports teams—baseball and basketball. My wife and I enjoy taking vacations, although they come few and far between.
What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
My guess would be that no one would think I’m a fan of professional wrestling. Every single one of my passwords used to be wrestling-related.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steven V. Angus, MD
Designated Institutional Official, Vice Chair of Education
Department of Internal Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine
University of Connecticut School of Medicine