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AAIM Member Spotlight

How long have you been a member of AAIM?

I’ve been a member since I became associate clerkship director which I think was in 2006 but I can’t remember! It feels like I’ve always been a member. I have become more active over the years and now sit on two CDIM/AAIM committees. We’ve also had the opportunity to do a variety of presentations, most recently a workshop on unconscious bias in the mentoring relationship. This work is going to be featured on one of the plenary sessions in the spring meeting.

Describe your typical day.

I don’t really have a typical day! I am a primary care doctor in a teaching practice based at Brigham and Women's Hospital. On any given day I may have clinic with or without students and/or residents. I do clerkship specific work, like meeting with students, feedback, evaluations. I do some medical education research through a fellowship I received so I spend a lot of my day thinking/learning/imagining.

What is your favorite part of the job?

Working with students and residents in the clinical setting. I love taking care of patients and I love that part of the Venn diagram where patient care and immersive medical education overlap.

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

I have been so fortunate to have found an academic home at CDIM/AAIM with like minded educators who have become friends and mentors over the years. One thing I really value is how the opportunity to try out new ideas and collaborate with colleagues at meetings and during the year outside of the formal meeting time.

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

I remember being asked a long time ago why I teach. I said that many of us remember the experience of having a teacher who stood out both for mastery of a field and for the combination of mentorship, guidance, and steadiness. Any time I feel like I have made that kind of a connection with a student is a favorite moment for me. Any time I feel I have helped a student develop his or her strengths, identify and work through challenges, learn the skills to celebrate and navigate both the successes and failures of a lifelong career is a favorite moment for me. If I can be part of the long tradition of teachers and mentors who mean something, however small, to a student then I feel I have made a difference not only in that student’s life but also in the life of the patients and future students he or she comes into contact with. Those are my favorite moments.

What was your childhood dream job?

I wanted to be a filmmaker.

How do you spend your free time?

With my family. It feels like I spend a lot of time folding laundry.

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

I throw a Frisbee® surprisingly well. I learned how at my socialist summer camp when I was a kid. So I guess that’s two things.

Nora Osman, MD

Nora Y. Osman, MD
Clerkship Director
Department of Medicine
Harvard Medical School Brigham and Women's Hospital

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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.