Member Spotlight: Rosemarie Conigliaro, MD


Rosemarie L. Conigliaro, MD, FACP
Section Chief Women's Health
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra Northwell

How long have you been a member of AAIM?

I’m really not sure, but likely at least since 1998 or 1999 when I became APD at the University of Pittsburgh and starting going to APDIM/AAIM meetings.

What is your favorite part of your job? 

Mentoring, advising, and sharing in the career development of students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty, and having peers around who do the same to me.

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

I cannot begin to say. I have always, from early on in my career when I was still not sure where I was going, found an academic home at AAIM, especially at APDIM but then also at CDIM when I was curriculum dean. I have always found my “peeps” there, like-minded educators, dedicated to developing great physicians of tomorrow, with an academic bent and always there to help out with ACGME issues and other challenges we faced in GME and UME. As an APD and PD I got so much help and support from co-APDs and PDs.  AAIM also served as one of the initial vehicles for me to do workshops and presentations which helped my career develop its academic focus. I learned so much at every meeting including about career development which I continue to pay forward (I hope).

What or Who inspires you and why?

I think my learners inspire me, at whatever level, because they keep me grounded and humble and motivate me to continue to learn.

What advice would you give to those who wish to pursue a career in academic internal medicine?  Make lots of friends and connections, don’t worry if things don’t go right the first or even the second time, the educational academic community is very warm and welcoming and friendly, and there are lots of opportunities to collaborate with others, (and its always more fun to do thing with others than to work alone).

What is your favorite book or movie? 

Not sure I have a favorite, but I am a big fan of and have read a lot of American history, and I do watch 1776 every year on the Fourth of July, so maybe that’s one of my favorites.