Member Spotlight: Kim Rize


Kim Rize
Division Administrator, General Medicine
University of Michigan Medical School

How long have you been a member of AAIM?

I have been a member of AAIM since 2016, when I started at the University of Michigan in the Division of General Medicine.

Describe your typical day.

A typical day for me involves meetings—meetings to discuss enhancing patient care teams, dashboard creation, research administration, process streamlining, budget…the list goes on. Team huddles are an important part of each week in order for us to keep our finger on the pulse of happenings in the division, department, and across the institution. Regular meetings with my fellow division administrators are extremely beneficial—not only in the content being shared but also in the relationships being built.

What is your favorite part of the job?

The variety—each day is different. As division administrator, I oversee faculty and staff affairs, research administration, budget and finance. I find the HR aspect of the job particularly rewarding. Working with people to create networks and collaboration opportunities, working together to implement improvements, getting together for fun team building activities—I find all of that very fulfilling. We spend most of our waking hours at work; we need to do all we can to make those hours enjoyable.

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

AAIM has introduced me to people across the country who understand the work. It’s nice to know you’re not alone in this world of academic medicine and that colleagues in other institutions are having the same experiences as you. This year, I’m growing even further by being a presenter at this year’s annual AAIM conference.

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

Landing at the University of Michigan. I was at another university for 15 years and knew it was time for a change. The team here is incredible. I’ve never experienced such collegiality as I do at U of M.

What was your childhood dream job?

When I was really young, I wanted to be a model. As I got older, I wanted to be a pharmacist. Administration, though, is what I enjoy most; to be an administrator in a medical school is the best of both worlds for me. 

How do you spend your free time?

Hanging out with my husband, yoga, playing games with the family, visiting National Parks, vacation, hiking.  

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

I enjoy tent camping with my husband in the summer and snowshoe backpacking with my son and brother in the winter. There’s no place like Michigan’s upper peninsula for some down time anytime of the year.