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Letter of Intent Template for Hms document sample
Letter of Intent Template for Hms document sample
Society of General Internal Medicine SGIM FORUM TO PROMOTE IMPROVED PATIENT CARE, RESEARCH, AND EDUCATION IN PRIMARY CARE Volume 23 • Number 12 • December 2000 FROM DREAM TO REALITY: THE HORN SCHOLARS PROGRAM Carole Warde, MD S GIM is proud to announce the re- only did she and her family benefit from quest for applications for the first her new position; so too did her patients, Mary O’Flaherty Horn Scholar in colleagues, students, hospital, and univer- General Internal Medicine. This new pro- sity. Unfortunately, Mary was only able Contents gram seeks to create an alternative career to live out her dream for seven years be- track for academic general internists. The fore succumbing to ALS in 1998. 1 From Dream to Reality: The Horn intent of the Horn Scholars Program is Through the generous gifts of Mary Scholars Program to make it easier for busy physicians with Horn’s family and friends, her dream and growing family needs to balance their eventual reality of a balanced lifestyle as 2 SGIM Invites Applications for Research work, family, and social responsibilities. an academic general internist will live on. Mentorship Awards SGIM is seeking interested academic gen- Since the spring of 1999, the SGIM eral internists who choose to work half Council has been actively working with 3 President’s Column time in order to meet this frequently over- Mary’s family and close friends to develop whelming challenge. the Horn Scholars Program. Recently, 4 Theme Plenary to Feature Research on The dream began with a role model Mary’s mother, Louise O’Flaherty, made Disparities in Health who had the courage to follow her heart. a generous gift to the Program, enabling At one point in her full-time career as a SGIM to award the first Horn Scholar at 4 One-on-One Mentoring Program clinician-educator and director of the in- our next Annual Meeting. The Selection digent outpatient clinic, Mary Horn came Committee has been busy preparing the 5 Funding Opportunities in Substance to the realization that she could no longer application, which will be available online continue her busy work schedule and be in mid-November at www.sgim.org. Abuse Research the mother to her three young children Applications will be due by January 31, that she wanted to be. Her colleagues 2001. Please help spread the word! 5 Research Committee Seeks Nominees would not accept her resignation and in- Our careers as academic general in- for Best Paper of 2000 stead created a new position for her that ternists are a blend of patient care, teach- allowed her to cut her work in half and ing, and research. Our lives outside of 6 Getting the Most from National share her full-time academic position. medicine are similarly an intricate mix of Conferences Mary lived her dream of a more bal- core relationships with mates, children, anced lifestyle. In her half academic po- parents, and friends. SGIM’s recent needs 10 New Members: Mountain West, sition, she was able to participate actively assessment indicates that the blending of Northwest, California, and International in family activities, to continue her pro- these two central aspects of our lives is a ductive career and her work with the continual challenge for most of us. An 10 Classified Ads medically indigent, and eventually to ob- important goal of SGIM is to help mem- tain academic promotion at UCLA. Not continued on next page SGIM FORUM SGIM Invites Applications for SOCIETY OF GENERAL INTERNAL MEDICINE OFFICERS Research Mentorship Awards PRESIDENT P. Preston Reynolds, MD, PhD, FACP Sankey V. Williams, MD • Philadelphia, PA email@example.com • (215) 662-3795 L ast year SGIM launched a new honorarium for the mentor. PRESIDENT-ELECT mentorship initiative to All applications must include a Kurt Kroenke, MD • Indianapolis, IN strengthen the research skills of letter from the mentor in support of the Kroenke_K@regenstrief.iupui.edu • (317) 630-7447 junior faculty. Initial Mentorship mentee and project application. IMMEDIATE PAST-PRESIDENT Awards and Follow-on Awards support Applicants and mentors should collabo- C. Seth Landefeld, MD • San Francisco, CA longitudinal relationships between rate in developing the project proposal. firstname.lastname@example.org • (415) 750-6625 mentors and mentees who live at some Proposals should be sent to Preston TREASURER distance from one another. A detailed Reynolds, MD, PhD, Chair, Selection Brent G. Petty, MD • Baltimore, MD description of the research mentorship Committee, Research Mentorship email@example.com • (410) 955-8181 award program appeared in the October Awards, c/o SGIM, 2501 M Street, NW, SECRETARY-ELECT 1999 Forum. The first five Initial Suite 575, Washington, DC 20037. The Ann B. Nattinger, MD, MPH • Milwaukee, WI Mentorship Awards were announced in deadline for applications is January 15, firstname.lastname@example.org • (414) 456-6860 the February 2000 Forum. 2001. The Selection Committee now For more information, contact COUNCIL seeks applications for the 2001 Initial Preston Reynolds, MD, PhD, at Michael J. Barry, MD • Boston, MA email@example.com • (617) 726-4106 Mentorship Awards. Applications may firstname.lastname@example.org or be up to 10 pages, double-spaced. (410) 955-3662. SGIM James C. Byrd, MD, MPH • Greenville, NC email@example.com • (919) 816-4633 Proposals should include several sections: Pamela Charney, MD, FACP • New York, NY x Introduction—statement of the firstname.lastname@example.org • (718) 918-7463 DREAM TO REALITY research question(s) to be addressed. continued from previous page Catherine R. Lucey, MD • Washington, DC x Methodology—description of the crll@MHG.edu • (202) 877-6749 research methods to be learned or bers incorporate their core values into Susana R. Morales, MD • New York, NY email@example.com • (212) 746-2909 used. their daily professional lives. The Mary x Mentorship relationship—statement O’Flaherty Horn Scholar in General Harry P. Selker, MD, MSPH • Boston, MA firstname.lastname@example.org • (617) 636-5009 of the reasons for selecting a specific Internal Medicine is an important first mentor and previous experience step in this direction. A new interest EX OFFICIO working with this individual. group has been formed to address the Regional Coordinator x Career development—description of whole area of personal-professional Bruce A. Chernof • Woodland Hills, CA email@example.com • (818) 823-4471 how this award will enhance the balance in General Internal Medicine. applicant’s career potential in Please plan on attending the interest Editor, Journal of General Internal Medicine Eric B. Bass, MD • Baltimore, MD research. group’s first meeting in San Diego. firstname.lastname@example.org • (410) 955-9868 x Budget—costs of travel for up to two Bring your experience and ideas and trips to work with the mentor, $1,000 help change our future. Follow your Editor, SGIM Forum David R. Calkins, MD, MPP • Boston, MA for project costs, and $500 for heart, live your dreams. SGIM email@example.com • (617) 432-3666 HEALTH POLICY CONSULTANT Robert E. Blaser • Washington, DC firstname.lastname@example.org • (202) 261-4551 Member News EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR David Karlson, PhD If you have news to share about yourself, such as a 2501 M Street, NW, Suite 575 career change, job promotion, new appointment, or receipt of an Washington, DC 20037 honor, award, or grant, please let us know! Send your news by e-mail KarlsonD@sgim.org (800) 822-3060 to Lorraine Tracton, Communications Director, SGIM, at (202) 887-5150, 887-5405 FAX TractonL@sgim.org. Space permitting, a summary of member news will appear in the Forum each month. 2 PRESIDENT’S COLUMN DIFFERENT STROKES FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS Sankey V. Williams, MD M y wife is a politician. Yes, me, and I Association of Program I know. Thanks for your wouldn’t be Directors in Internal sympathy. surprised if she Medicine (APDIM) She’s a member of the state felt the same way recently announced that legislature. As I write this, it is two days about my job. the percentage of positions before the election, and she’s running That’s the point in categorical internal again. Until she ran the first time, I’d of this column— medicine programs filled never been inside a campaign. It’s a different strokes by U.S. graduates de- frenzy, at least toward the end. for different folks. creased 3.2 percentage In this state, legislators like my wife The reason points. Moreover, the fill are always running. It’s a full-time job this idea is rate by U.S. graduates in with a two-year term, so the campaign important now is that some of my primary care internal medicine positions doesn’t so much begin as it accelerates. colleagues are worried about recent decreased 1.5 percent despite a substan- It’s hard to know what she likes best information reporting who is not going tial decrease in the number of positions about campaigning. One of her favorites into primary care, and I think they’re offered. These changes are trends, not is going door to door, because she talks overreacting. Last week the Association simply one-year aberrations. Being a with people who don’t show up else- of American Medical Colleges doctor, being an internist, and being a where. Some are sick, others down on (AAMC) announced that the number primary care internist are not as popular their luck, and still others are working of individuals applying to U.S. medical as they used to be. at home or have retired early because of schools for the current school year I think some of my colleagues are good fortune. They tell amazing stories. decreased 3.6 percent. Also, the continued on page 8 Another favorite is working with the people in the district’s volunteer fire companies, because it takes a special SGIM kind of person to volunteer. I don’t think she has missed the christening of a single new fire truck, and last night she was made an honorary fire chief. FORUM Still another is attending services in all the churches, because the EDITOR Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD • Atlanta, GA churches embody the district’s cultural David R. Calkins, MD, MPP • Boston, MA email@example.com • (404) 616-7490 variety. She also says it brings her the firstname.lastname@example.org • (617) 432-3666 David Lee, MD • Boise, ID same peace she experiences when she EDITORIAL COORDINATOR email@example.com • (208) 422-1102 goes to temple. Stacy A. McGrath • Boston, MA Mark Liebow, MD, MPH • Rochester, MN Campaigning is mostly hard work, firstname.lastname@example.org • (617) 432-3667 email@example.com • (507) 284-1551 (617) 432-3635 FAX however. Raising money, constantly Valerie Stone, MD, MPH • Providence, RI explaining issues in endless meetings, ASSOCIATE EDITORS Valerie_Stone@mhri.org • (401) 729-2395 talking with commuters on train James C. Byrd, MD, MPH • Greenville, NC Brent Williams, MD • Ann Arbor, MI platforms before daybreak, and giving firstname.lastname@example.org • (919) 816-4633 email@example.com • (734) 936-5222 up family and social life are central to Joseph Conigliaro, MD, MPH • Pittsburgh, PA Ellen F. Yee, MD, MPH • Los Angeles, CA the campaign. Worst of all are the firstname.lastname@example.org • (412) 688-6477 email@example.com • (818) 891-7711 Ext. 5275 attack ads, which are emotionally draining. They began last week and are Published monthly by the Society of General Internal Medicine as a supplement to the Journal of General Internal Medicine. the cause of the current frenzy. SGIM Forum seeks to provide a forum for information and opinions of interest to SGIM members and to general internists and those engaged in the study, teaching, or operation for the practice of general internal medicine. Unless so indicated, articles do not My wife loves her job and especially represent official positions or endorsement by SGIM. Rather, articles are chosen for their potential to inform, expand, and challenge readers’ opinions. the campaigns that make it possible. SGIM Forum welcomes submissions from its readers and others. Communication with the Editorial Coordinator will assist the Although I’m happy for her, there are author in directing a piece to the editor to whom its content is most appropriate. The SGIM World-Wide Website is located at http://www.sgim.org not many jobs that would be worse for 3 SGIM FORUM 2001 ANNUAL MEETING: A PREVIEW Theme Plenary to Feature Research on Disparities in Health Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD, and Rodney Hayward, MD A ll SGIM members, as well as non- grounded theory, members, are encouraged to phenomenology, submit abstracts for presentation sociological case The Annual Meeting has at our upcoming 24th Annual Meeting studies, and medical become the premiere place to in San Diego, May 2–5, 2001. Address- biography. ing disparities in health by ethnicity, Formats for presen- present our scholarly work. race, social class, gender, age, national- tation at this year’s ity, language use, education, and other meeting will include: factors is the theme of the meeting. x Plenary Session Oral Presentations, Medicine; about 50 percent will be Generalists have been involved in featuring six of the very highest-rated presented at the meeting. This year, research on health disparities for years, abstracts. researchers are strongly encouraged to and our work has led to major innova- x Theme Plenary, featuring four of the submit their abstracts via the Internet tions in health policy, medical educa- best abstracts consistent with the (www.sgim.org). All abstracts must be tion, and clinical services to address theme of the meeting. received by 4:30 PM EST on January 8, these disparities. The Annual Meeting x Special Scientific Symposia, each 2000. has become the premiere place to featuring four to six related abstracts We look forward to another great present our scholarly work. We urge all followed by a moderated discussion. meeting of sharing our science! SGIM members to submit their own work and x Simultaneous Oral Abstract Presenta- to encourage fellows and colleagues to tions, featuring 10-minute oral Editor’s note—Dr. Pérez-Stable submit work to the upcoming meeting. presentations followed by a 5-minute (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the In addition to the plenary session, question and answer period. Chair of the Abstract Selection Committee we plan to have four simultaneous x Poster Sessions, designed to facilitate for the 2000 Annual Meeting. Dr. abstract sessions at four different times intense interaction between col- Hayward (email@example.com) is the during the program. These sessions will leagues in a relaxed, social setting. Co-Chair. be in larger rooms. We will invite senior Submitted abstracts will be pub- SGIM investigators to attend these lished in the Journal of General Internal sessions and stimulate discussion. The popular poster sessions will continue and be slightly expanded. Overall, we One-on-One Mentoring Program expect to accept an estimated 450 abstracts for presentation. We are JudyAnn Bigby, MD, and Marshall H. Chin, MD, MPH requesting abstracts in the following Mentors and mentees are matched categories. x Patient-Centered Research, referring to work for which individual patients, V ery few successful individuals limit themselves to one mentor through- out their professional lives. It is better based upon mutual interests and expectations. The mentor-mentee pair people, or participants are the focus. to build a personal mosaic of influences, meets in person during the Annual x Clinician/Organization-Centered experts, and guides, as one can learn Meeting, with the option of continuing Research, referring to work for which different things from each mentor. the relationship beyond that time. the focus is clinicians or health care Mentors can serve as coaches, counse- While mentoring is often viewed as an organizations. lors, sponsors, protectors, and role ongoing relationship with an individual x Learner/Teacher-Centered Research, models and can provide friendship, in close proximity, past participants in referring to work focused on learners validation, and opportunities for SGIM’s program have found this and/or teachers in a general internal exposure. opportunity to be worthwhile and medicine context. The One-on-One Mentoring important in helping them sort out x Medical Humanities and Qualitative Program at the SGIM Annual Meeting important career decisions and dilem- Research, to include history of gives individuals the opportunity to mas. The program can help students, medicine, literature, ethical analysis, develop one of the many relationships residents, fellows, junior faculty, or mid- political science, ethnography, that can help shape their careers. continued on page 9 4 RESEARCH FUNDING CORNER FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES IN Research Committee Seeks Nominees for SUBSTANCE ABUSE RESEARCH Best Paper of 2000 Joseph Conigliaro, MD, MPH Amy Justice, MD T T his month’s Research Funding able in two ways. Projects requesting he SGIM Research Committee was Corner highlights opportunities in under $100,000 will be accepted at any pleased to initiate a new award this the study of substance abuse. time. This option is for projects that are past year: Best Generalist Research Alcohol and substance abuse is a major time sensitive, of shorter duration, and Paper. The 2000 award recognized public health problem and responsible involve analysis of current or emerging papers published in 1999. To be eligible, for a significant number of preventable policies or secondary data analysis. the first author of the paper must have deaths. The morbidity and mortality Projects requesting $100,000–$400,000 been a member of SGIM. Nine very from tobacco use, alcohol abuse, and should follow the following timetable. noteworthy papers were nominated1–9. illicit drugs are staggering, as are the x Letter of Intent Due Date: March 5, As noted in the July 2000 issue of the direct and indirect costs to society. The 2001 Forum, first place recognition went to economic burden of substance abuse was x Notification to Complete a Proposal: John Ayanian and colleagues, who estimated at $110 billion in 1995. May 4, 2001 demonstrated that patient preferences These costs include violence, crime, x Proposal Due Date: June 29, 2001 explain only a small proportion of racial reduced productivity, increased utiliza- x Notification of Awards: October, differences in access to renal trans- tion of health services, and higher 2001 plant2. A close second-place recognition health care costs. Two recent program Additional information about this went to Eric Thomas and colleagues, announcements may be of interest to program is available on the Robert who described the substantial cost of SGIM members. Wood Johnson Foundation website preventable medical injuries among (www.rwjf.org/grant/jgrant.htm). inpatients in Utah and Colorado9. Substance Abuse Policy Research The Research Committee would Program 2000—Robert Wood Economics of Drug Abuse Treatment like to thank all those people who Johnson Foundation and Prevention Services—National nominated papers this past year and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Institute on Drug Abuse encourage everyone in SGIM to is requesting proposals for research on This Program Announcement (PA-01- nominate papers for next year’s prize. public and private policy interventions 013), supported jointly by the Services All papers published in 2000 for which to reduce the harm caused by tobacco, Research Branch and the Prevention the first author is a member of SGIM alcohol, and drugs, including the Research Branch of the Division of are eligible. To nominate a paper, simply advantages, disadvantages, and poten- Epidemiology and Prevention Research, e-mail Amy Justice, Chair, SGIM tial impact of these policies. This is the encourages research on the economics Research Committee, at sixth round of funding for this program of drug abuse treatment and prevention firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the intended for experts in public health, services. This research includes studies full reference for the paper and your law, political science, medicine, of resource allocation and studies to reason for nominating it. SGIM sociology, criminal justice, economics, enhance efficiency and equity of drug and other behavioral and policy treatment. The use of microeconomic References sciences. The total funding for this principles in applied research involving 1. Ashton C, Petersen N, Souchek J, et program is $54 million over 10 years. alternative payment systems, public and al. Geographic variations in utilization Projects will be funded in four private financing systems, and the rates in veterans affairs hospitals and areas: tobacco, alcohol, illicit drugs, and design of insurance are emphasized. clinics. N Engl J Med. 1999;340:32–9. combinations of tobacco, alcohol, and/ This is also an opportunity to build on 2. Ayanian JZ, Cleary P, Weissman J, or illicit drugs. Projects can address existing treatment and prevention Epstein A. The effect of patients’ public-sector policies at the national, effectiveness studies or on randomized preferences on racial differences in access state, or local levels or private-sector clinical trials using cost-benefit, cost- to renal transplantation. N Engl J Med. policies within companies, associations, effectiveness, and cost-utility analyses. 1999;341:1661–9. unions, or trade groups. There is an Finally, economic research on HIV/ 3. Braddock C, Edwards K, Hasenberg N, emphasis on collaborative research AIDS as it relates to treatment and Laidley T, Levinson W. Informed projects including community organiza- prevention of drug use, abuse, and decision making in outpatient practice: tions or policymaker organizations. dependency is highlighted as a high Time to get back to basics. JAMA. Funding for this research is avail- continued on page 9 continued on page 8 5 SGIM FORUM Getting the Most from National Conferences H. Liesel Copeland, PhD, J. Harry Isaacson, MD, Mariana G. Hewson, PhD, Marie Budev, DO, and William Land, MD A cademic medical conferences are several objectives, which should be think about old problems and provide a time-honored tradition in prioritized. These may include increas- insight into future directions. Make sure medicine, but their value has ing medical knowledge, networking, you obtain handouts, when available. been questioned1 because of increasing gaining exposure, and/or searching for a Visit conference websites to read budgetary constraints and because of new position. abstracts and papers from the meeting discouraging results in a few educational sessions you may have missed. outcome studies. Though conferences Increasing Medical Knowledge Document and clarify ideas that are expensive in both time and costs,1,2 If your goal is to get an update on occur to you during a talk. These ideas with planning they can be a rewarding medical content, review the program in may involve new directions for your and positive experience. Physicians advance for specific topics that interest own research, different ways of handling should be well-informed consumers in you and can be applied to your practice your existing data, people you would choosing educational venues that best setting. Helpful questions to ask in like to contact, or publications you focusing your efforts should read. These notes can provide include: are there any you with an agenda for your own Physicians should be well- weak areas in my research and teaching plans. Take time knowledge base, are on your return flight to record some informed consumers in there new or alternative ideas from the meeting, lists of tasks to techniques I’d like to accomplish, and people to contact. It’s choosing educational venues learn or procedures I’d beneficial to do this while the ideas are that best promote their like to review, and are still fresh and there is a constrained there any new educa- time that can be used. learning objectives. tional techniques or Ask yourself, “How can I apply reviews from which my material from this session in my home teaching could benefit? environment?” Consider applying your promote their learning objectives. Program guides for meetings often new knowledge and skills by assembling Conferences differ in objectives and have different sessions coordinated by a group of interested colleagues, formats, requiring participants to content area. Some meetings have including residents and medical critically assess which conferences will coordinated sequential sessions that students. Consider giving an update to best match their needs. In this article involve two or more parts and are best colleagues at your home institution who we share observations, suggestions, and taken together to achieve the desired have not attended the meeting. This strategies to maximize the benefits of goal. Conference attendance presents can be a way of reinforcing what you attending conferences. The conferences opportunities to discuss and clarify have learned and demonstrating the we focus on are not continuing medical information and new findings3–5. value of attending conferences to your education courses, but rather those Additionally, conference presentations department. Another option is to write national meetings that offer a variety of can offer you insight into whether or a summary note to a colleague or for a opportunities, such as to present and not your own work is on track and in department newsletter/update, outlining learn research, improve teaching, and line with developments in the field. the “take home” points and “bottom learn new clinical developments. Selecting sessions based on well- lines.” The newly gathered information We will focus on planning before a known presenters is often a good can also be applied to updating or meeting to enhance your overall approach. For example, do the present- developing a new curriculum or talk. experience. To plan for the conference, ers have a track record in the field? Do You can also identify presentations or it is helpful to decide on your primary they have interesting publications? presentation methods that did not work purpose for attending the meeting. Most Have you heard good things about them well, thereby learning what pitfalls to major medical meetings offer an from other colleagues? avoid when you give a presentation. extensive menu of activities from which Take notes during or at the end of to choose, and it is important to realize the session. Presenters often provide Networking that one can seldom attend all facets of novel summaries or succinct reviews of Networking and gathering contacts every meeting. Often attendees have complex topics. These offer new ways to continued on next page 6 GETTING THE MOST continued from previous page for your own professional directory can tion at the meeting. These proposals meet this goal by the next national be one of the most important aspects of require planning and meeting deadlines. meeting. This provides a working idea a national meeting. If your priority is to Many organizations now encourage (concerning research, teaching, or meet with colleagues with similar participants to apply for workshops, clinical practice) that evolves from interests, seek opportunities during the submit abstracts, and join interest meeting to meeting and reflects your conference for less formal sessions that groups on-line. ongoing professional development. enable such meetings. Personal interac- For workshop or interest group Additionally, be open to new ideas that tions during conferences provide submissions, consider collaborating with occur to you during talks and informal opportunities to compare your own a senior mentor at your own or another conversations. Be sure to write them ideas and projects with those of others, institution who has successful confer- down. receive feedback on your own work, and ence experience. Regional meetings If other colleagues from your try out new ideas2,6. Additionally, offer a less formal atmosphere for institution are attending the meeting, networking can lead to collaborations presenting workshops and abstracts and consider traveling with them. Because on future projects and may provide leads are excellent venues to learn conference of the pressure of clinical and academic for funding2,3. Also, conference atten- protocol. With every presentation, duties, it is often difficult to find time in dance presents an occasion for young provide written copies or handouts that your own institution to meet with clinicians to meet leaders whose work include your contact information. colleagues. Shared plane flights offer they have admired. uninterrupted opportu- Interest groups and task forces nities for discussion, usually welcome new participants and National meetings and which can allow offer an excellent venue for meeting remarkable progress in colleagues with similar interests. Some conferences are a good projects that may meetings offer poster sessions with resource for professional otherwise be stalled. receptions, or receptions for new Often several members attendees and new members of the development that, when used of the same department organization. These settings can provide attend the same confer- access to and contacts with people in well, provide value above the ence. Planning ahead organizational leadership positions. cost and time requirements. and selecting a “group Opportunities to serve on working topic” before leaving can committees are invaluable, and business be a valuable strategy. meetings provide an opportunity to Searching for a New Position This allows for wide exposure to the volunteer your help. Consider volun- Many meetings will have either job topic and facilitates discussion and teering for tasks such as working on search forums or bulletin boards that possible incorporation of that idea upon program selection committees or advertise available positions. They may returning home from the meeting. For helping to organize task forces or also provide job seekers with the example, at a conference on women’s interest groups. opportunity to meet with potential health, members of our institution Remember that networking may employers in person. This can be an selected domestic violence as the group occur in an informal and unplanned excellent way to explore potential job topic of interest. Members of the group manner simply by getting involved in opportunities. You can pursue these by attended various lectures and workshops small groups whose members share your seeking additional information or on this topic. We reconvened upon interests. The Internet and electronic visiting at a later date. returning home and used our newly mail facilitate easy communication with obtained ideas and information to colleagues after meetings. Make sure to Other Considerations revamp our resident curriculum on bring and distribute business cards with Plan to use some of your conference domestic violence. The group topic not your address, phone number, and e-mail time to meet people or gather with a only allowed us to concentrate on a address. Make a point of contacting group to advance your research or common goal, but also enhanced and people you have met within a few weeks instructional planning goals. Be sure to promoted collegial interaction in a after the meeting. set up meeting times (breakfasts, setting outside of the workplace. lunches, and dinners) well in advance Although many meetings schedule Gaining Exposure to ensure that the people you want to events for up to 16 hours a day, partici- To gain regional and national meet will be available. pants should not be tempted to “do it exposure, submit proposals for work- A beneficial strategy is to develop a all.” The penalty is conference fatigue, shops or research abstracts for presenta- personal goal and set your deadline to continued on next page 7 SGIM FORUM DIFFERENT STROKES BEST PAPER OF 2000 continued from page 3 continued from page 5 than short-term trends. 1999;282:2313–20. Some of my colleagues are In this case, a booming 4. Corbie-Smith G, Thomas S, Williams economy is offering M, Moody-Ayers S. Attitudes and beliefs worried about recent potential medical school of African Americans towards participa- applicants other choices, tion in medical research. J Gen Intern information reporting who is and their numbers may Med. 1999;14:537–46. not going into primary care, change once the 5. Dolan N, McDermott M, Morrow M, economy does. And, as I Venta L, Martin G. Impact of same-day and I think they’re constantly reminded screening mammography availability: myself in high school, Results of a controlled clinical trial. overreacting. popularity isn’t as Arch Intern Med. 1999;159:393–8. important as it appears, 6. Go A, Hylek E, Borowsky L, Phillips even if it is real and K, Selby J, Singer J. Warfarin use among overreacting to this information for two durable. I didn’t become a general ambulatory patients with nonvalvular reasons. First, the news is not all bad. internist because it was popular, and I atrial fibrillation: The anticoagulation The number of current applicants to don’t think you did either. Primary care and risk factors in atrial fibrillation medical school remains more than twice doctors like us are needed, regardless of (ATRIA) study. Ann Intern Med. the number of available positions. Also, our popularity, just as specialists and 1999;131:927–34. the applicants’ grade point averages and subspecialists are needed. No one, 7. Hamel M, Davis R, Teno J, et al. Medical College Admission Test whatever the discipline, can take proper Older age, aggressiveness of care, and (MCAT) scores are higher than in care of patients without clinicians in survival for seriously ill, hospitalized previous years, so the quality of appli- the other disciplines. So we’re in this adults. Ann Intern Med. 1999;131: cants probably has increased as the together for the long run, and popular- 721–8. number has decreased. Perhaps similar ity has little to do with it. 8. Shapiro M, Morton S, McCaffrey D, changes are occurring among applicants I like what I do. So does my wife et al. Variations in the care of HIV to categorical and primary care internal and so do my specialist and sub- infected adults in the United States. medicine residency programs. We specialist colleagues. It’s OK that none JAMA. 1999;281:2305–15. simply don’t know. of us would be happy doing the other’s 9. Thomas EJ, Studdert DM, Newhouse Second, declining popularity job and that the popularity of jobs J, et al. Costs of medical injuries in Utah doesn’t matter as much as some of my waxes and wanes. That’s the way it is. and Colorado. Inquiry. 1999;36:255–64. colleagues think. When it comes to Maybe that’s the way it should medical manpower, the past suggests be. SGIM that long-term cycles are more powerful GETTING THE MOST continued from previous page which reduces the effectiveness of the further inspiration from role models. 3. Cutting W. How to do it. Participate entire conference. It is important while Conferences represent current work and in an international conference. Br Med J. attending a meeting to give yourself theories and showcase the foremost 1995;310:49–51. some time away from the meeting to advances in medicine and education. 4. Ibarra H. Finding common ground at relax and reinvigorate yourself. Meet- National meetings and conferences are conventions. Science Scope. ings are often held in cities with outside a good resource for professional devel- 1998;21:54–56. attractions; allow some time to take opment that, when used well, provide 5. Rogers S. The conference: an integral advantage of these sites and attractions. value above the cost and time part of continuing medical education. Int Though there can be many goals for requirements. SGIM J Dermatol. 1997;36:575–6. attending a meeting, to gain the most 6. Pietro DC. What good are confer- benefit it is imperative to prepare References ences, anyway? Principal. 1996;75:21– carefully for the meeting, engage in the 1. Ausman J. Are our meetings of value? 22,24. conference, and summarize one’s ideas Surg Neurol. 1998;49:571–3. 7. Davis D, O’Brien M, Freemantle N, afterwards3,7,8. Attending national 2. Rubin B. Of no significant benefit. Wolf F, Mazmanian P, Taylor-Vaisey A. conferences provides an opportunity for Chest. 1996;110:1379. continued on next page 8 ONE-ON-ONE MENTORING continued from page 4 current setting that an Don’t be shy. Almost all of us can outsider can evaluate benefit from mentoring. Look for the The One-on-One Mentoring objectively? Are you at One-on-One Mentoring materials in Program…gives individuals the one of the natural the Annual Meeting program an- transition points in your nouncement package or check the opportunity to develop one of career and need some SGIM website (www.sgim.org). Many advice about which path enthusiastic, generous mentors are eager the many relationships that can to explore? What further to get to know you! If you are interested help shape their careers. training and skills do in being a mentor contact Sarajane you need for your career Garten (email@example.com) in the path? How can you national office to receive the appropri- life faculty looking for a new challenge negotiate for the time and opportunity ate materials. SGIM or change in career. to pursue your interests? How can you Mentees should prepare for their be more efficient? What academic goals meeting with their mentors by develop- should you establish as a clinician- ing a clear agenda for the session. educator? How can one raise a family V I S I T Clarity will enable mentees to avoid and achieve one’s professional goals? As T H E vague, general responses to their a person of color, how do you motivate requests. Are you looking for someone to review your CV in a constructive way? Do you need help meeting key your institution to address some of your unique concerns? When is it time to S G I M consider changing institutions? These W E B S I T E individuals in your field of interest? Do are the types of questions you can bring you need advice on a specific project or paper? Do you have a conflict in your to the SGIM One-on-One Mentoring http://www.sgim.org Program. RESEARCH FUNDING CORNER continued from page 5 priority. Mary O’Flaherty Horn Applications will be accepted at Scholars in General Internal Medicine the standard National Institutes of Health (NIH) application deadlines. A Program of the Society of General Internal Medicine Further information can be found on the NIH website (grants.nih.gov/ grants/guide/pa-files/PA-01-013.html). T Please contact me by e-mail at his is a new three-year career development firstname.lastname@example.org for any award offered by SGIM to clinician- comments, suggestions, or contributions educators who want to fill half of a full-time to this column. SGIM academic position. This program is intended to create a new career track for physicians centering on scholarship, advocacy, and creativity in the balance GETTING THE MOST of work, family, and social responsibility. It will continued from previous page provide new role models, promote diversity, and strengthen generalist physician faculty in the Impact of formal continuing medical nation’s medical schools and internal medicine education: do conferences, workshops, residency programs. rounds, and other traditional continuing education activities change physician The Call for Proposals will be available in November behavior or health care outcomes? Application deadline: January 31, 2001 JAMA. 1999;282:867–74. 8. Swanson RM. How to do a confer- Check the Nominations Packet and www.sgim.org ence. College and University. 1995;70:28–33. 9 SGIM FORUM New Members: Mountain West, Northwest, California, and International CLASSIFIED ADS Arizona David A. Garcia, MD Classified ads are $100 per 50-word increment. Dawn Lemcke, MD SGIM members receive a 50% discount Oregon (classifieds only). Display advertisements are Farrell J. Lloyd, MD, MPH Imelda Dacones, MD $300 (1⁄4 page) and $500 (1⁄2 page vertical—9" Kevin F. Moynahan, MD, PhD high x 3.5" wide or horizontal—4.5" high x Sima Desai, MD 7.25" wide). These fees cover one month’s California Elizabeth Haney, MD appearance in the Forum and on the SGIM Andrew Auerbach, MD Scott W. Marsal, MD Website at http://www.sgim.org. Contact Alicia Fernandez, MD Ralph Weiche, MD SGIM Communications Coordinator, Lorraine Ruth P. Hertzman-Miller, MD Utah Tracton at TractonL@sgim.org or 2501 M Vivek Jain, MD Samantha Marshall, MD Street, NW, Suite 575, Washington, DC 20037 (800-822-3060) for more information, or to Ross Pirkle, MD Washington place an ad. Electronic files in Microsoft Word Glenn P. Shields, MD are preferred. Requests to advertise must include Lydia Chwastiak, MD Kaveh Shojania, MD a contact name and telephone number, as well Sarah L. Clever, MD Colin Thomas, MD as the SGIM member sponsor’s name when Cheryl Jacobs, MD, MPH applicable. It is assumed that all ads are placed LuAnn Wilkerson, EdD Yeong S. Kwok, MD by equal opportunity employers. Elliott Wolfe, MD Johnathan Nguyen, MD Colorado Japan FELLOWSHIP IN UNDERSERVED CARE—The Robert Hill Harris, MD Tatsuo Ishizuka, MD University of Pittsburgh and the Program for New Mexico Healthcare for Underserved Populations seeks fel- George D. Comerci, Jr., MD lowship candidates with a specific interest in un- der-served populations to join its Fellowship Pro- gram in General Internal Medicine. In addition to learning advanced skills in clinical epidemiology, Calling All SGIM Members statistics and health services research, fellows will teach, conduct research, or participate in the de- Two “Calls” are coming to you by mail — Why answer these Calls? velopment and administration of programs directed towards homeless care, victims of domestic violence Because they are QUICK, EASY ways to participate in SGIM and substance abuse. Fellows will work with an es- and give colleagues well-deserved recognition. tablished network of clinicians who provide clini- 1 Call for Nominations for Officers and Council cal care, safety net, behavioral health, and addic- tion and rehabilitation services to under-served communities. Positions available for July 2001 and Nominating someone for Office (President-Elect and Treasurer-Elect) or July 2002. Contact Mark Roberts, MD, MPP, Divi- Council (two at-large members) is a simple way to be involved in an important sion of General Internal Medicine, 200 Lothrop Society activity—Elections—that requires very little of your time. Plus, the Street, Room W933, Montefiore University Hos- pital, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, leaders you recommend are highly likely to reflect the scope of your interests, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2582; 412-692-4824. activities, and background. 2 Call for Awards Nominations and Grant Proposals Recognizing your colleagues’ work and contributions to SGIM honors them, ACADEMIC GERIATRICIAN/CLINICIAN- EDUCATOR—The Department of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine is currently seeking an outstanding clinical geriatrician for full and inspires others to improve the profession and help fulfill the Society’s or part-time faculty appointment. Potential oppor- mission. Awards nominations have been simplified this year to encourage tunities exist in affiliation with an excellent public submissions! teaching hospital, the only university hospital in Indiana, and a VA medical center. The successful So Please… candidate will possess leadership and teaching skills that will allow him or her to make significant and ☛ Watch your mailboxes immediate contributions to our rapidly growing ☛ Submit your nominations geriatrics program. Practice and teaching opportu- These opportunities only come along once a year. Don’t miss your chance nities exist in multiple settings and include primary to be involved in SGIM’s leadership and recognition programs. care and consultative geriatric medicine. Our clini- continued on next page 10 CLASSIFIED ADS continued from previous page cal faculty members provide training in geriatrics patient and inpatient responsibilities. The nearly two year fellowship designed to prepare academic to medical students, residents, and fellows; and par- new medical office building and hospital are fully internists to conduct research and teaching in pal- ticipate in clinical and health services research. wired for telemedicine activities, currently func- liative care. Clinical experience on a consultative Candidates must be board certified or fellowship- tioning. Call is shared with FPs. Contact: Gerald service as well as community hospices is available. trained in geriatric medicine. Send cover letter and Tomory, MD, Regional Medical Director, 808-338- Fellows will obtain strong research training through curriculum vitae to: Steven R. Counsell, M.D., Di- 9424 or email@example.com the Center for Research on Health Care and expo- rector of Geriatrics, Indiana University School of sure and training in clinical ethics through the Medicine, 1001 West 10th Street, WOP M200, CLINICIAN RESEARCHER—The Section of Pal- Center for Bioethics and Health Law. Send CV to Indianapolis, IN 46202 (phone: 317 630-6911, fax: liative Care and Medical Ethics within the Depart- Mark Roberts, MD, MPP, Fellowship Director, Di- 317 630-7066, e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org). ment of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh is vision of General Internal Medicine, 933W Indiana University is an Equal Opportunity Em- seeking a clinician-researcher with a career inter- Montefiore University Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA ployer. est in palliative care. Responsibilities include at- 15213; 412-692-4824. tending on an in-patient palliative care consult ser- ACADEMIC GENERAL INTERNIST—General vice, and developing an independent research pro- AHRQ NRSA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW- Medicine Section, Department of Internal Medi- gram in palliative care. Board certification is re- SHIPS IN CLINICAL CARE/ HEALTH SER- cine at Yale University School of Medicine seeks a quired. Academic rank and salary will be commen- VICES RESEARCH, TUFTS-NEW ENGLAND Clinician Scholar at the Assistant Professor level surate with qualifications. Send letter of interest MEDICAL CENTER, BOSTON—New England to join our Primary Care Faculty Group. Responsi- and C.V. to Robert Arnold, M.D., University of Medical Center invites applications for two-year bilities include research in the field of general in- Pittsburgh, 933W-MUH, 200 Lothrop Street, Pitts- fellowship positions for physicians who have com- ternal medicine along with teaching of house staff/ burgh, PA 15213 (412-692-4810)or e-mail pleted clinical training. This program aims to train students, and patient care. Applicants should have email@example.com. The University of Pittsburgh is those who will be leaders and innovators in clini- completed fellowship or equivalent training in ar- an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Em- cal and health services research. Fellows are trained eas related to academic general internal medicine ployer. Starting date is July 2001. to evaluate, develop, and apply research methods such as clinical epidemiology or health services re- to improve patient health and care. Fellows par- search. Please send CV to: Patrick O’Connor, MD, PROFESSOR AND CHIEF, DIVISION OF GEN- ticipate in our on-campus Clinical Research MS/ c/o Lisa Gray, Department of Internal Medicine, ERAL INTERNAL MEDICINE—The Department PhD Program at Tufts University School of 333 Cedar Street – PCC, P.O. Box 8025, New Ha- of Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sci- Medicine’s Sackler School. Fellowships begin July ven, CT 06520-8025, by January 1, 2001. Yale ences Center, is recruiting an academic internist to 1, 2001. Contact: Harry Selker, MD, MSPH, Di- University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Oppor- lead the research, clinical and educational programs rector: (617) 636-5009, firstname.lastname@example.org. tunity Employer. Women and minorities are encour- in general internal medicine. We seek an accom- aged to apply. plished internist with experience in clinical re- ASSISTANT PROFESSOR—The University of search and education. The selected individual will Kentucky Department of Internal Medicine, Divi- RESEARCH SCIENTIST—The Department of possess accomplishments allowing for appointment sion of General Internal Medicine, has positions Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine is at the Associate Professor or Professor level. Op- available at the level of assistant professor. Post- seeking a research scientist to join our Clinical portunities exist to conduct research that comple- residency training with experience is required. This Research Unit in our Program in Primary Care ments departmental programs in vascular and co- position will focus on clinical and didactic instruc- medicine in the Section of General Internal Medi- agulation biology, immunology, congestive heart tion in general internal medicine with our medical cine. Ph.D. with training in epidemiology, health failure, geriatrics and hypertension. Interested can- students and residents. Protected time will be avail- services research, medical sociology, behavioral didates should submit their curriculum vitae to able for educational program development and for medicine, or a closely affiliated field required. Suc- Michael S. Bronze, MD, Professor and Chair of research Send CV to T. Shawn Caudill, MD, Divi- cessful candidates will collaborate on and co-au- Medicine, PO Box 26901, WP2080, Oklahoma sion Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, thor studies involving clinical epidemiology, gen- City, OK 73190. E-mail: Michael-Bronze@ University of Kentucky Medical Center, K512 Ken- eral health services research, medical education, ouhsc.edu. OUHSC is an equal opportunity insti- tucky Clinic, Lexington, KY 40536-0284. (859) health outcomes, quality management, and medi- tution. 257-5499. An Equal Opportunity Employer cal decision analysis. Additional responsibilities include design, implementation, and statistical FELLOWSHIP IN MEDICAL ETHICS AND ACADEMIC GENERAL INTERNISTS— analysis of research data, teaching of medical resi- GENERAL INTERNAL MEDICINE—The Divi- Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Division of Gen- dents and faculty in research methodology and sta- sion of General Internal Medicine at the Univer- eral Internal Medicine and Primary Care seeks aca- tistics; training and supervision of research staff in sity of Pittsburgh invites applications for a one or demic general internists with interest in clinical epi- data collection and data management; statistical two-year fellowship designed to prepare academic demiology and health services research. These po- and methodological support to researchers, faculty internists with research and teaching skills in clini- sitions will be structured to provide 50-80% pro- and research staff. Please send CV to: Patrick cal ethics and general internal medicine. Applicants tected time to conduct research. Academic rank and O’Connor, MD, c/o Lisa Gray, Department of In- will work closely with the University of Pittsburgh’s salary will be commensurate with qualifications. ternal Medicine, 333 Cedar Street – PCC, P.O. Box Center for Bioethics and Health Law and may ap- Review of applications will begin immediately and 8025, New Haven, CT 06520-8025, by January 1, ply to the Master’s Program in Bioethics. Send CV continue until positions are filled. Send letter of 2001. Yale University is an Affirmative Action/ to Mark Roberts, MD, MPP, Fellowship Director, interest and CV to David Bates, MD, Division of Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minori- Division of General Internal Medicine, 933W General Internal Medicine, PBB-A3, Brigham and ties are encouraged to apply. Montefiore University Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA Women’s Hospital, 75 Francis St, Boston, MA, 15213; 412-692-4824. 02115. Brigham and Women’s Hospital is an affir- INTERNIST FOR KAUAI, HAWAII—Rural mative action, equal opportunity employer. Kauai has an opening for a second internist inter- FELLOWSHIP IN PALLIATIVE CARE AND ested in establishing a practice in a small oceanside GENERAL INTERNAL MEDICINE—The Divi- CHIEF, INTERNAL MEDICINE—The University community located on West Kauai. The position is sion of General Internal Medicine at the Univer- of California, San Francisco - Fresno is seeking a with a general hospital-based clinic, with both out- sity of Pittsburgh invites applications for a one or continued on next page 11 SGIM FORUM Society of General Internal Medicine 2501 M Street, NW Suite 575 Washington, DC 20037 CLASSIFIED ADS continued from previous page Chief of Medicine for the Internal Medicine Resi- and cover letter to: Joel Tsevat, MD, MPH Direc- demic rank will be at the level of Assistant Profes- dency Program in Central California. This is an tor, Section of Outcomes Research Division of sor of Medicine. Salary will be commensurate with endowed chair position and as such requires a strong General Internal Medicine University of Cincin- qualifications. Please send C.V. to Michael Elnicki, leader to ensure overall quality education, service nati Medical Center Box 670535 Cincinnati, OH M.D., UPMC Shadyside, S.O.N. Rm 309 5230 and research of the supervised faculty. The Chief is 45267-0535 e-mail: Joel.Tsevat@UC.Edu The Uni- Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232 or email responsible for faculty recruitment and development versity of Cincinnati and the VA are AA/EOEs. Elnickim@msx.upmc.edu. The University of Pitts- for the provision of superior undergraduate, gradu- burgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity ate and postgraduate medical education. Excellent CLINICIAN INVESTIGATORS WITH FEL- Employer. clinical and educational skills as well as demon- LOWSHIP TRAINING—The Division of General strated fiscal expertise and administrative leader- Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine at the FACULTY OPPORTUNITIES, GENERAL IN- ship are essential. The position offers abundant re- University of Pittsburgh is seeking clinician inves- TERNAL MEDICINE—Mount Sinai School of search opportunities as well as the opportunity to tigators with fellowship training. Candidates’ re- Medicine is a leader in medical education and re- collaborate with other leaders in the medical com- search focus should be racial disparity and search. The Samuel Bronfman Department of Medi- munity. The type of faculty appointment will de- underserved care, studying errors in medical care, cine seeks a limited number of M.D. faculty to join pend on qualification and experience. Please send decision science, primary care or other area of out- the Division of General Internal Medicine. The your cover letter and CV to: Search Committee, comes and health services research. Academic rank Division has benefited from strong institutional UCSF-Fresno Medical Education Program, 2615 E. will be Assistant or Associate Professor level in the support and resources to expand academic general Clinton Ave., Fresno, CA 93703-2223. tenure stream. Salary commensurate with qualifi- medicine. The Division oversees a large primary For more information about this position, please cations. Send letter of interest and C.V. to Wishwa care practice, training 110 Residents. Faculty are contact Deborah Stewart, MD, Associate Dean. Kapoor, M.D., University of Pittsburgh, 933W- actively involved in medical education, evidence- Email: email@example.com Phone: MUH, 200 Lothrop Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 based medicine, clinical epidemiology, geriatrics, (559) 243-3601 (412-692-4821) or email kapoorwn@msx. palliative care, home-based physician care, upmc.edu. The University of Pittsburgh is an Af- informatics, and health services research. The Di- GIM OUTCOMES RESEARCH POSITIONS— firmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. vision seeks faculty interested in academic careers The University of Cincinnati Medical Center and as either clinician-educators or clinician-investiga- the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Hospital are seek- MEDICINE PEDIATRIC-TRAINED PHYSI- tors. Candidates with training beyond residency are ing general internists with clinical research train- CIAN—The Division of General Internal Medi- preferred. Academic rank will depend upon ing in outcomes research, health decision sciences, cine, Department of Medicine at the University of candidate’s background. For consideration, please clinical epidemiology, health services research, or Pittsburgh is seeking a medicine pediatric-trained send c.v. and letter of interest to Albert L. Siu, M.D., clinical practice improvement to conduct collabo- physician. The applicant should be experienced in Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, Box rative outcomes research with both internal insti- teaching and curriculum development for a newly 1087, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. One tutional and extramural grant funding. The VA developed medicine pediatric resident training pro- Gustave L. Levy Place, New York, NY 10029-6574. position is a 5/8ths position, enabling the faculty gram. Candidate should be board certified in Gen- We are an equal opportunity employer fostering member to be eligible for VA funding. Send CV eral Internal Medicine as well as Pediatrics. Aca- diversity in the workplace.
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