Department of Medicine

Internal Medicine Resident Committees


Academy of Resident Educators

The Academy of Resident Educators is BCM Internal Medicine residency’s resident-as-teacher organization. The organization's offerings include core curriculum completed by all residents (in Wednesday School & noon conference), a longitudinal workshop series for interested residents, a Distinguished Educator Pathway (open to all residents who want to graduate our program with a distinction in medical education), and a medical education scholarship research elective.

Faculty Advisors: Stephanie Sherman and Zaven Sargsyan

Wellness Committee

The Wellness Committee supports the personal resiliency and mental health of trainees and enhances residents' sense of meaning in work. Residents on the committee are actively engaged in developing and implementing educational and reflective sessions for noon conference and Wednesday School and in improving access to mental health resources for other trainees. In these sessions, residents are introduced to, and empowered to use, evidence-based tools for maintaining mental and physical health throughout residency and beyond. The committee also works with faculty and residency leadership to facilitate program improvements based on resident input. Examples of resident-led innovations include “The Firsts,” a noon conference session promoting peer-to-peer sharing of new or formative experiences; “Humanism Rounds,” an ACGME Back to Bedside-funded initiative to improve resident meaning at work through enhanced connection with patients; and collaborative activities with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. 

Faculty: Priti Dangayach

Internal Medicine Recruitment Committee

The Internal Medicine Recruitment Committee is a group of residents dedicated to recruiting the next group of bright, enthusiastic, and hardworking residents. One of the main roles of the committee is to plan pre-interview dinners with current residents for the applicants. Dinners occur at a few of our residents’ local favorite restaurants or at residents’ homes and offer an opportunity to hear about life as an Internal Medicine resident at Baylor College of Medicine and in Houston, Texas. In addition to the dinners, the committee also coordinates other aspects of interview season including applicant handouts, meet-and-greets, and communication between residents and applicants. Contact Dr. Sherman if you are a resident that is interested in getting involved with the committee this interview season.

Faculty: Stephanie Sherman

Internal Medicine Diversity Council

The Internal Medicine Diversity Council focuses on enhancing field of medicine by recruiting underrepresented minorities, developing educational opportunities, providing advocacy within our institution and community, and promoting health care disparities research. Past programming has included a lecture series on health disparities relevant to our Houston community, movie outings, panel discussions, and cultural events for community building. The council attended Houston Pride and took part in Iftar during Ramadan. If you would like to get involved, email:

GME Resident Council

The GME Resident Council is a group consisting of members who serve two-year terms and are elected by all BCM residents and fellows to advocate on behalf of house staff and to plan programming that promotes education, wellness, and professionalism. Members are often selected to be resident members on various educational committees. This leadership experience offers residents an opportunity to learn more about educational programming and residency organization at an institutional level.

Medical Jeopardy

Medical Jeopardy is a fun and interactive way to learn while building camaraderie between residents. There are four major competitions each academic year – the American College of Physicians state competition in November, the Southern Society of General Internal Medicine in February, National American College of Physicians in spring, and the Southeast Texas regional hosted by the Texas Chapter of the ACP between March and May. There are both Jeopardy and scout teams (the latter consisting of residents who will become part of the Jeopardy team the subsequent academic year). However, all residents are encouraged to come out each week for Jeopardy Practice regardless of desired level of involvement. Practice takes place bi-weekly in the Ben Taub Morning Report room. 

Faculty: Wilson Lam

Gold Humanism Honor Society

The Gold Humanism Honor Society - Resident Chapter seeks to promote the values of humanism, professionalism, and wellness at Baylor College of Medicine. The society annually honors and inducts residents who exhibit humanism in medicine. GHHS organized the program's inaugural Patient Memorial, a tradition which continues today. Activities include regular meetings and discussions on Humanism in medicine. 

Faculty: Vandana Shah

Internal Medicine Advocacy Committee

The Internal Medicine Advocacy Committee was established out of interest amongst the residents to advocate for the vulnerable patient populations locally and nationally. The committee meets monthly for skills-based workshops, project development, educational forums, and community-outreach programming. Members of the committee have also started a regular lecture series delivered at noon conferences on subjects including health advocacy, economics, and the challenges that face our local Houston community. The ultimate goal of participation is to develop a tangible skill set and portfolio for clinician advocates.

Global Health Interest Group

The Global Health Journal Club is dedicated to keeping Internal Medicine residents informed about new developments in the field of global health. With guidance from our faculty advisors, we critically evaluate articles from journals such as The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and The Lancet: Global Health. We also invite residents and faculty members to give presentations about their global health experiences and facilitate discussions about global health electives during residency and career opportunities within the field.