Elections: CDIM



Marty Muntz, MD, FACP

MuntzMarty-photo.jpgI am honored and humbled to be nominated as a candidate for President of CDIM. Ever since attending my first national meeting and precourse for new clerkship directors, I realized that CDIM would be my professional home. After that and each subsequent meeting, I have taken advantage of opportunities to apply what I have learned to improve my teaching and develop programs in my sphere of influence as a subinternship director, ambulatory clerkship director, clerkship director, and vice-chair for faculty development. The annual meeting continues to be an opportunity to share the good work that we have done at home, to meet and network with new and old friends and collaborators, to teach and learn with colleagues, and to serve on committees and council. If elected to serve as president, my primary goal would be to ensure that our members are increasingly welcomed, supported, and encouraged to more fully engage in the work and programs of CDIM and AAIM. The strength of this organization has always been – and must always be – its membership. I would seek out opportunities for leadership to hear, understand, and share more fully the experiences and ideas of our members, and I would enthusiastically commit to an increasingly inclusive environment that empowers members to contribute meaningfully to our goals and help chart our organization’s future course.

In addition, opportunities clearly exist for CDIM and AAIM to be bold and innovative leaders in a rapidly changing medical education landscape. From my perspective, the only certainty is that the status quo is not sustainable as we struggle with issues such as transformation of the UME-GME transition, optimization of our clinical learning environments, development of a shared framework for meaningful competency-based assessment, and celebration of character and caring in our work to enhance the training of the next generation of physicians. CDIM and its members are well-positioned to rise to meet these and other evolving challenges in medical education. However, simple fixes are elusive for complex problems like these; seeking to more fully understand the perspective of others seems to be a key step in developing durable solutions. Thus, I would suggest that continued and expanded efforts to cultivate partnerships within AAIM and throughout the medical education community at large are vital as we tackle these and other issues. I would work hard to ensure, whatever our perceived differences may be, that our shared goals of supporting our patients, learners, and colleagues are kept at the center of discussions as we collaboratively develop the way forward. Our internal medicine education community has great potential if we can work together; it would be a shame if we let this opportunity to lead pass us by.   


David V. Gugliotti, MD

GugliottiDavid.jpgLike many of you, CDIM has provided me with tremendous opportunities for personal and professional growth. From discussions about clerkship structure and educational interventions, to unforgettable workshops at our meetings, to participation on the Program Planning Committee, CDIM continues to invigorate my passion for education. I believe the opportunities provided through CDIM are possible due to the supportive structure of our organization; approachable people who take time to listen and refine concepts; and a willingness by our members to take a chance to put forth ideas and explore concepts that may serve to enhance our growth as a community of educators. In short, what CDIM means to me is opportunity and connections, and the CDIM Council is central to promoting both.

I have been the Internal Medicine Clerkship Director at the Cleveland Clinic since 2010 and Sub-Internship Director since 2015. Our medical school is competency based and students use portfolios to document their progress. However, students on my Clerkship are blended with students from the more traditional structure from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. The experience of working with both has enhanced my perspective on medical education.

My primary service to CDIM for the past eight years has been as a member of the CDIM program planning committee. I am currently Chair of the CDIM Program Planning Committee since 2018, and I previously served as Vice Chair from 2015-2018. Prior to this, I was a pre-course director for one CDIM-APDIM joint pre-course and two CDIM Pre-courses for Experienced Medical Educators.

Some of my goals on CDIM Council are to continue to foster connections among CDIM members, between CDIM and the broader AAIM, and support our members with an organization that works for their needs. I am excited about CDIM Council’s plan to expand opportunities for members to contribute to the organization through enhanced participation in committees, as well as on task forces or targeted work groups. We can develop more ongoing connections for members on a regional basis or based on shared projects and goals that members are interested in as Internal Medicine educators. I would also like to work on promoting ways for educators to more easily to share information about clerkship structure, assessment methods, and other aspects of teaching to help support best practices for student education.

In my time as Chair of the Program Planning Committee, it has a tremendous experience to work with Council on some of its goals and to lead the planning for our national meeting. It would be a great privilege for me to be elected to our CDIM Council to continue to contribute in a meaningful way to the success and goals of our organization. I would appreciate your support for my election to CDIM Council.

Cindy Lai, MD

LaiCindy-photo.jpgI am honored to be considered for a position on CDIM’s council. CDIM is my professional home, and I am very grateful for the many professional growth opportunities and collaborations within this wonderful organization. I still recall my first CDIM meeting where, at the precourse for new clerkship directors, I felt immediately welcomed and inspired by a community of like-minded educators who were devoted to developing medical students, and each other as educators.

My primary goal for serving on council is to leverage CDIM’s influence nationally to promote innovation around important UME issues including clinical learning environment, assessment strategies, UME-GME interface, and wellness and support for UME educators.  I would like to encourage both new and longstanding members to collaborate on these issues in order to promote opportunities for members’ career growth and professional development. Finally, I think it is critical to continue to collaborate with other AAIM groups to ensure a shared voice on important topics.

I have been an active member of the Program Planning Committee, and the Survey and Scholarship Committee. I served as a co-director for the Precourse on Innovating Medical Education Curricula. I have presented at plenary, workshop, and poster sessions on diversity, equity, and inclusion, grading fairness and accuracy, patient advocacy assessment, and subinternship remediation. Through these service opportunities, I have developed a ground-level understanding of the needs, interests, and aspirations of CDIM and its members.

I have contributed to undergraduate medical education at UCSF since 2004, serving in a variety of roles including clerkship/subinternship site director, longitudinal integrated clerkship liaison, intersessions director, and systems-based practice competency director. In my current role as Clerkship Director, I lead the department’s clinical rotations and hold the Gold-Headed Cane Endowed Education Chair. Within the School of Medicine, I chair the Core Clerkship Operations Committee. I am particularly proud of our clerkship site directors’ collaborative work with students and diversity experts to promote educational equity and heath equity.

It would be a great privilege for me to serve CDIM as we develop the next generation of intelligent, compassionate, and socially-minded physicians.

Jeffrey LaRochelle, MD, MPH

LaRochelleJeff-photo.jpgAs I am sure many will agree, CDIM is far more than a national organization providing opportunities for professional and personal growth.  The individuals who comprise CDIM have had the most significant impact on me as an educator, physician, and person, and who in turn have had the most significant impact on the learners, patients, and others in my life.  I have had many opportunities to serve CDIM in a variety of settings, but it is the relationships with individuals within CDIM and across all the AAIM organizations that have been most important.  It is these relationships that make CDIM feel like such a small community regardless of how big the organization actually grows.  Opportunities for members to participate on committees, task forces, and other organizational activities are necessary, but not sufficient for meaningful professional and personal growth.  Fostering meaningful relationships between members is what provides the real strength of our organization, and it is from this perspective that I see my role on the CDIM Council.  A role that is not just a councilor, but a more significant role as a counselor, who listens, reflects, and provides advice.

As we continue to grow and evolve as member organization within AAIM, an important role for the CDIM Councilor will be to accurately reflect the perspectives and positions of the CDIM membership.  As the national conversation focuses on the importance of the UME to GME transition, we have a unique opportunity within AAIM to shape the future of this transition.  As we begin these exciting conversations, it will be the strength of our relationships across organizations that will pave the way.  I believe I have the experience and ability to have a positive impact on the CDIM Council, and I look forward to the opportunity to continue forging new relationships and serve the members that make CDIM such a strong organization.

Diane L. Levine, MD, FACP

LevineDiane-photo.jpgWe often ask our residency applicants to describe themselves.  I am Diane Levine; I am a passionate, enthusiastic, highly committed Clerkship Director who has found a home in CDIM. 

This organization allowed me to develop as an educator and an administrator.  Early in my career, I attended workshops on how to be a new Clerkship Director.  As time went on, I became more involved. I gained the confidence to submit posters and present at Internal Medicine week.  As a member of the Research and Survey Committee, I assisted with the annual survey and the annual review of medical education literature.  These experiences provided me with opportunities to collaborate with accomplished members and allowed me to deliver workshops and publish with colleagues.  CDIM has provided me with the tools and opportunities to be successful in academic medicine.   

As Clerkship Director at my institution, Vice Chair for education for my Department, and after three decades into my career, I am keenly aware we need to prepare our students to be intern-ready and able to navigate a very complicated health system.  We also need to prepare our faculty to be leaders and change agents to create a system that realizes the IOM’s vision of safe, timely, equitable, efficient, patient and family-centered care while ensuring a healthy workforce. 

Working in Detroit, I see health inequities on a daily basis.  I see a health force that does not look like our patient population; health professionals who have not been trained to work together; health systems that are not integrated; and social systems that are lacking.   But I also see immense opportunity--opportunity to train a diverse and inclusive workforce that is able to address both the disparities in care and the disparities in the health our patients experience.  

CDIM has done an exceptional job of leading the nation in education, research, and innovation in Internal Medicine.  We provide the foundation for critical thinking for all physicians.  As a member of the council, I will encourage the development of tools related to equity and inclusion and work to integrate new competencies including interprofessionalism, health systems, quality, and safety into our core curricula in Internal Medicine—to ensure we meet the needs of the population we serve. 

I became a physician a long time ago.  The year I applied to medical school women represented less than 10% of admitted students; less than 20% of faculty were women.  There were few mentors for women in Internal Medicine.  Although there is still much to do to ensure parity for women in leadership roles, women are succeeding in academic medicine.  We now need to ensure students going into Internal Medicine and our members achieve academic success and parity. 

I believe that my experience, enthusiasm, and energy will allow me to be a valuable member of the council who is able to contribute and further the mission of the organization serving the needs of its membership and ensuring the success of CDIM in the future.

Amit K. Pahwa, MD

PahwaAmit-photo.jpgCDIM has been one of the best organizations I have had the privilege to be a member. I can imagine no other way to continue in the organization than to be a councilor. As a councilor I would make inclusivity one of my primary goals. The organization represents educators at all levels whether they are a clerkship coordinator or not. I myself came in as someone who was not a clerkship director and immediately felt welcomed by the organization. This attitude instantly allowed me to be involved in various committees and be part of amazing work in education. I think though like many organizations, groups of usual members begin to develop that may make it hard for newer members to integrate.  I would set up a mentoring program that would pair those who have been members for less than 3 years with some of the senior members. At the national meeting we could set time for an in person meeting to occur along with facilitating conversations after the meeting. Secondly I would want to encourage scholarship through institutional collaboration. There is so much to know in how we educate medical students but often multi-institutional studies are not done as implementation can be difficult. While we have an active research committee, much of that is of our own members rather than the students we are educating. Lastly with my passion lying in curriculum development and changing needs of undergraduate medical education, I think there is room for improvement in our curriculum as well as mode of delivery (e.g. using more technology). One area that has been rapidly developing is health system science. As the director of this curriculum at our medical school, I feel I would be well posed to manage this.

Temple Ratcliffe, MD

RatcliffeTemple-photo.jpgMy name is Temple Ratcliffe, and I am the Clerkship Director at the University of Texas Health Long School of Medicine in San Antonio, TX. Since joining in 2009, CDIM has been my professional home.

As soon as I joined CDIM, I knew I had found my tribe, and CDIM’s annual meeting remains my “can’t miss” conference every year. CDIM has given me much more over the years than I will ever be able to give back, but I hope to tilt the scales if selected to serve as a CDIM councilor.

As Clerkship Directors, we do our best to support and to help our students grow; in turn, CDIM supports us as educational program leaders and allows us to continue this crucial mission. My focus as a councilor would be to grow our organization’s already outstanding opportunities for both old and new members. Specifically, I plan to focus on strengthening CDIM’s formal mentorship program, developing new ways to support members in sharing their scholarship, and fiercely advocating for national standards addressing protected time for our vital leadership, educational, and scholar roles.

During my time in the United States Air Force medical corps, I learned the phrase “good leaders grow people.” I have certainly grown thanks to tremendous CDIM leaders, and if selected as councilor, my main aim will be to help our dedicated members reach their fullest potential. Thanks for your consideration.

Winter Williams, MD, FACP

Winter-Williams-photo.jpgI am honored and excited to be nominated as a candidate for CDIM Council. CDIM has been critical to my development and has provided a true community of like-minded, passionate educators. From initially learning my role in the New Clerkship Director Pre-course to attending every year since, I have left each meeting with more energy and ideas than my free AAIM notepad can hold.

These opportunities equipped me well to drive change at my own institution. I have overhauled curriculum to better emphasize skill-acquisition through clinical reasoning, simulation, and bedside teaching. Whether studying and revising clinical performance assessment or teaching with rapid cycle deliberate practice, I am committed to providing the best clinical experience for learners.

I now hope to use that experience to contribute to CDIM. As councilor, I would seek the balance of autonomy and support that is so critical for learners and clerkship directors alike. I bring a “learn-by-doing” mentality to the clinical environment because I believe our learners need rigorous training that ensures their readiness for residency. With increasing regulation and oversight threatening to shrink student responsibilities, I believe CDIM has an important role to protect student autonomy and ensure the best possible clinical training. I hope to advocate for the kind of experiential learning that provides meaningful opportunities to contribute.

I feel the best inoculum against burnout is meaningful contribution through doing a job you love. As educators, we owe it to our students to not only role model the joy of our profession but also provide them with meaningful experiences that elicit joy. To do this well, clerkship directors need the same autonomy to innovate and support from the CDIM community. I hope to build on the collaborative nature of CDIM to share best practices, advocate for needed support, and be a voice for my all of my colleagues within CDIM.