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David Wooldridge, MD, FACP Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Department of Internal Medicine University of Missouri—Kansas City School of Medicine How long have you been a member of AAIM? Since it was founded in 2010. I’ve been a Program Director since 2009 and was a clerkship director for several years prior to that. What is your favorite part of your job? Teaching and coaching residents—I knew I wanted to be an educator before I found my way to medicine, and it remains my greatest source of professional satisfaction. How has AAIM membership been of value to you and your career? I’ve spent my entire career at a single ...
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There are 43 candidates for positions across the eight councils and advisory councils, and MPPDA. Check out the candidates' statements at the link below. Learn more #News ​
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The use of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has shown clinical benefit to patient care within the field of internal medicine. It is being integrated rapidly into internal medicine across the longitudinal training spectrum—through clinical curricula at both UME and GME levels. To support successful integration of POCUS across longitudinal training, an Alliance member work group published in AJM a white paper of fundamental concepts for consideration. These include curriculum design, teaching methods, and resource availability. The Alliance supports the integration of POCUS within the training environment, and training programs looking to incorporate POCUS ...
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The 2020 Alliance award recipients represent an outstanding group of academic internal medicine faculty and administrators who have been recognized for their strong leadership, dedicated service, and exceptional achievements. AAIM will honor 18 recipients during events at Academic Internal Medicine Week 2020. Learn more #News
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The AAIM Board of Directors approved a new diversity, equity, and inclusion statement at its meeting October 16, 2019. As part of the Alliance’s ongoing support to promote diversity, equity, mutual respect, and inclusiveness, AAIM will focus on eight key deliverables. Learn more #News
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Internal medicine and medicine-pediatrics residents may sign up to receive a complimentary e-subscription to  The American Journal of Medicine  in 2020—all they have to do is  complete the online form  by  Monday, November 11, 2019 . The subscription starts in January. Learn more #NewsArchive
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At the request of the RC-IM, AAIM submitted language recommending required program administrator FTE equivalents in residency programs. The recommendation—developed by the APDIM Program Administrators Advisory Council—suggests a minimum of one FTE coordinator for programs with 24 or fewer residents and a minimum of 0.5 FTE additional personnel per every additional 14 residents. Learn more #News
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Parul Sud, MD, FACP Program Director McLaren-Flint How long have you been a member of AAIM? More than ten years. What is your favorite part of your job? Among my varied roles as educator, clinician, coach, and administrator, I find that teaching and coaching residents, students, and young faculty is the most rewarding part of my job. Watching faces light up at ‘A-ha’ moments, seeing their learning trajectory soar is gratifying and it feels that ripples are created which will have far reaching impact. How has the AAIM membership been of value to you and your career? Meetings that I have attended through AAIM have been most impactful ...
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All current members are invited to nominate candidates or to self-nominate for positions on the association and constituent councils. Councilors and officers serve three year terms.  Nominees are required to: Be current members in good standing (i.e., dues have been paid for FY 2020 membership) Have maintained membership for at least three years. Have attended at least two Alliance or association meetings in the last four years. Respond promptly to requests for information or election materials; nominees who do not respond promptly may be removed from ballot consideration. Except for MPPDA, officer nominees (president-elect and treasurer) must ...
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Christopher Smith, MD Internal Medicine Residency Program Director Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center How long have you been a member of AAIM? Approximately 15 years What is your favorite part of your job? I love my job. It is an extraordinary honor and privilege to participate in the healthcare of others. Similarly, I feel fortunate to work with and learn from exceptional students, residents and fellows. Just as I receive tremendous satisfaction in helping my patients, I greatly value the opportunity to help our learners achieve their career goals. How has the AAIM membership been of value to you and your career? AAIM has allowed ...
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AAIM fosters educational innovations in academic internal medicine through our grant program. The Innovation Grants Program awards $2,500 to a single institution and $5,000 to multiple institutions for these innovative ideas. Letter of Intent submissions are now being accepted— submission period will close Friday, October 11, at 5 p.m. EDT. Learn more #News​ #NewsArchive
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Kelly McGarry, MD Program Director, General Internal Medicine Residency  Alpert Medical School at Brown University How long have you been a member of AAIM? I have been a member of AAIM as long as AAIM has existed. I have been an APDIM member for more than 20 years. What is your favorite part of your job? I truly love all that I do, patient care, teaching, administration. If forced to choose, I still think I would have to choose 2 things, but both are about the feeling of connection. A day in the office seeing patients, feeling like I have made a connection to patients and helped them navigate the often complex journey in health care, is ...
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AAIM has signed on as a sponsor of TIME’S UP Healthcare, whose mission is “to unify national efforts to bring safety, equity, and dignity to our healthcare workplace.” Among the goals of TIME’S UP Healthcare are uniting workers across fields, improving care for targets of harassment and inequity, raising awareness and knowledge, and supporting healthcare organizations in making issues central and visible. AAIM joins other professional medical societies such as the American College of Physicians and the American Medical Women’s Association, in support of addressing issues of harassment, bias, and discrimination in the healthcare industry. Visit the Times UP ...
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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 ...
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The Alliance has adopted the guidelines for communication related to graduate medical education recruitment in internal medicine. The three main components include a program statement, annual training, and structured initial communication with applications. Developed by a work group with representation from ASP Council, APDIM Council, and the AAIM Medical Student to Resident Interface Committee, these guidelines seek to overcome current challenges with inappropriate communication, transparency, and trust in internal medicine recruitment. Learn more #News ​ #NewsArchiv
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The deadline to submit workshop and seminar proposals is  11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, August 30, 2019 .  AAIM staff will notify proposal submitters of the status of their review in November. Learn more #NewsArchive
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Sujatha Pitani MD, FACP Associate Program Director Department of Internal Medicine University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine How long have you been a member of AAIM?   Six years. What is your favorite part of your job?  Teaching the younger generation of students and residents is quiet humbling and the impact we make in helping them choose their career paths for their success as well as the community is the most rewarding experience of all. How has the AAIM membership been of value to you and your career? Every AAIM meeting provided a better insight into the solutions, for the learners’ problems. They have helped me grow professionally ...
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After several weeks of concentrated effort from multiple work groups, AAIM submitted its unified response to the recommendations from the Invitational Conference on USMLE Scoring. While allowing discussion of different perspectives of groups within the Alliance, the response emphasizes that the discipline’s most important priority is to train the best physicians possible to care for patients, which requires better tools to assess readiness and knowledge as well as a comprehensive plan to improve the UME-GME transition.   The Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine will host a webinar for its members on Wednesday, July 31, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET to discuss its ...
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At its June meeting, the AAIM Board of Directors approved a new mission statement for the Alliance: The Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) promotes the advancement and professional development of its members who prepare the next generation of internal medicine physicians and leaders through education, research, engagement, and collaboration. As part of the FY 2020 strategic planning process, the board approved the new mission statement and is working with volunteer leaders and senior staff to revise the AAIM vision statement as well as develop a new diversity, equity, and inclusion impact statement. These statements will be launched in fall ...
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On June 26, the owners of Hahnemann University Hospital, the primary teaching hospital for Drexel University School of Medicine, announced the 161-year old institution will close due to bankruptcy. Subsequently, the internal medicine and academic medicine communities in Philadelphia and across the nation have rallied to support the residents, fellows, faculty, and administrators of the institution, who will be displaced by September. Announcements from AAMC , ACGME , ACP, and ECFMG have shown stakeholder committment to ensuring as little disruption as possible to the residents who are now seeking new programs, while programs from across the ...
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