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AAIM Member Spotlight
How long have you been a member of AAIM?
I’ve been a member since 2011 when I was chief resident in my residency program at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in NY. I continued to enjoy the member benefits when I joined Mercer University in January 2013 where I serve as a core faculty and assistant program director of IM residency.
Describe your typical day.
As all educators, there is no typical day and that’s what I enjoy about it. Our schedule is quite flexible. Daily, I round with residents when assigned to a floor team and otherwise I am in the medicine clinic precepting residents. We also have educational activities for residents and students which I take part in. I also do research and write articles, and am involved in multiple industrial trials as a principal investigator. It’s a mix of everything.
What is your favorite part of the job?
I am doing what I like most, which is teaching. I love teaching and mentoring residents and medical students. I feel content when I answer a query, and I see the sense of satisfaction on the face of a learner. I feel I did my job in the best possible way. I enjoy the administrative part of it because it involves handling situations and even people. I like to do clinical research and writing articles and recently have kept myself busy in that role. I help residents with their scholarly activities, clinical research, abstract presentations at regional and national scientific meetings, and converting those abstracts into manuscripts.
How has the AAIM membership been of value to you and your career?
I went to an AAIM meeting for the first time in 2015 in Atlanta. I learned so much about how other primary care programs handle situations like lack of faculty, subspecialty training. Although our residency program is not a primary care, we focus on preparing primary care physicians to serve the rural part of underserved Georgia. I also attended a workshop about how to give feedback and learned so much that I actually gave a grand round on the topic later.
I value the APDIM online discussion forum and review the emails almost daily. Most of the residency programs have similar issues which are faced by us. I’ve learned from members in the group how they solve issues at their institutions and get so many new ideas. I am also the alliance ambassador for our program.
What's your favorite moment of your career so far?
My favorite moment is when I joined Mercer. It was a dream job that I wanted to do in my life—teaching and mentoring residents and medical students. It was perfect. I am honored to serve in this position. The people are very supportive, and I am allowed a great deal of flexibility and get involved in many different areas.
What was your childhood dream job?
I always wanted to be a physician and am living my dream. Everyone in my family, especially my grandma, wanted me to be a physician. I guess I got the idea of it from my childhood itself. I am enjoying every moment of it. If I was not a physician, I would be working as a teacher, teaching science to middle schoolers.
How do you spend your free time?
Mostly with my family. I have two kids a 6-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl. My wife is in IM residency, so I get to spend a lot of time with my children and enjoy every bit of it.
What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
That I love Disney World!!!—I’ve gone there about 7–8 times. Orlando is only about 5-hour drive from here, so we go often. When we decide where we should go the only place that comes to my mind is Disney! I guess it brings the kid out of me.
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 email@example.com.
Hemant Goyal, MD, FACP
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Assistant Program Director of IM Residency
Mercer University School of Medicine