AAIM Member Spotlight

The Alliance turns the spotlight on members to highlight how they are making a difference and how they have benefited from AAIM membership. Share your story! To be highlighted on the AAIM website and in AAIM Connection, submit your (or a colleague's) story online or by email.

Current Member Spotlight


Catherine Derber, MD, FACP
Associate Clerkship Director, Internal Medicine
Eastern Virginia Medical School

How long have you been a member of AAIM?

I have been a member for about 5 years.

Describe your typical day.

My daily routine varies on the week and the time of year. Depending on the week, I work with medical students on the inpatient infectious diseases consult service team or in our infectious diseases clinic. In my role as associate clerkship director, my time alternates between teaching classes on clinical reasoning, assisting with the development of assessment and evaluation tools, and providing formative and summative feedback to students. I spend additional time working with students on HIV-related quality improvement projects, research, and community service events.

What is your favorite part of the job?

My favorite aspect is the opportunity to play a role in a student’s growth towards becoming a physician. Being trusted with their personal and professional goals is a privilege. I love to hear about their successes after completing medical school.

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

I have had the privilege of working on a couple of AAIM Committees and as an AAIM Ambassador. I requested a mentor from the CDIM mentorship program, and this relationship has introduced me to additional opportunities. These activities have allowed me to meet and collaborate with clerkship directors from around the country. Our clerkship has benefitted from hearing new ideas and concepts as well as learning how other clerkship directors have addressed various challenges. My involvement with AAIM has also helped foster the growth of my leadership and communication skills.

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Past Member Spotlights

  • 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, ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...