Member Spotlight: Lonika Sood

Lonika Sood
Clinical Education Director, Internal Medicine
Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, Washington State University

How long have you been a member of AAIM?

Three years.

What is your favorite part of your job?

Being in the midst of building a community-based medical school and building relationships with our colleagues in both the healthcare and medical education community.

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

Initially, as a community faculty member, AAIM was helpful as I developed my professional identity as a medical educator. In my present position as the Director for Internal Medicine, my role spans across the 4-year continuum of the MD program, as well as supporting the development of GME programs. Both the CDIM and APDIM communities have been critical for me to make connections with colleagues and learn from their experiences and expertise.

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

I have been fortunate to have enjoyable opportunities throughout my career. Although I am not even close to the end of it, I keenly enjoy my role as a medical educator partnering with our community clinical faculty as they teach our medical students.

What was your childhood dream job?

A veterinarian or marine biologist

How do you spend your free time?

Watching my daughter and dogs enjoy life

What is your favorite book (or movie)?

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

What is the best advice that you have ever received?

Be kind and generous!