Department of Medicine

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Committees and Organizations: Medical Education Office

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The Internal Medicine Academic Committee was founded by residents to help promote scholarly activity and participation within the academic medicine community. We have several ongoing projects that include developing a research project database, identifying subspecialty mentors, and organizing journal clubs to highlight landmark and practice-changing trials. We encourage residents to submit abstracts to conferences of their choice and host workshops throughout the year to help ace those poster and oral presentations. We are a relatively young organization (just started last year!), so there are lots of ways to get involved! Contact Meredith Ventura or Jefferson Triozzi for more details.

Committee Members: Meredith Ventura, Jefferson Triozzi, Hal Zhang, Daniel Chu, Ben Moss, Leslie Ynalez, Jessica Kaczmarek, Joshua Hirsch, Frederick Peng
Faculty: Chirayu Shah

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The Academy of Resident Educators (AoRE) is BCM IM residency’s resident-as-teacher organization. AoRE offerings include core curriculum completed by all residents (in Wednesday School & noon conference), a longitudinal workshop series for interestd 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. Contact faculty advisors Stephanie Sherman or Zaven Sargsyan for more information.

Executive BoardJackie BirnbaumJefferson TriozziEva AmentaNico Herrera, Holland Kaplan, Ruchit Rana, Adam Kley, Divya Verma, Christian Inchaustegui, and Komal Muradali”

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Wellness Committee

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The Wellness Committee supports the personal resiliency and mental health of trainees and to enhance resident satisfaction with, as well as the meaning of 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. Interested in enhancing resident wellness? Please contact Dr. Stacey Rose.

Wellness Committee members: Danielle Kern Aldrich, Omid Amidi, Lindsay Brettman, Andrew Chang, Tim Chew, Amy Dutko, Chiemeziem Eke, Alex Farr, Rachna Goswami, Anna Gravier, Joshua Hirsch, Daniel Hyman, Faiz Jiwani, Holland Kaplan, Jennifer Kaplan, Abir Khan, Jacob Morgan, Chris Nemeh, Ashley Patel, Randy Planeggar, Tony Puthumana, Ruchit Rana, Ann Xu

Humanism Rounds leaders: Tim Chew, Chiemeziem Eke, Anna Gravier, Holland Kaplan, Ashley Patel

Social Committee leaders: Juan Deleija-Lujano, Darren Harrison, Niharika Mallepally, Komal Muradali, Christopher Nemeh, Emma Ye

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Internal Medicine Recruitment Committee

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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 Recruitment Committee also coordinates other aspects of interview season including applicant handouts, meet-and-greets, and communication between residents and applicants. If you are a resident that is interested in getting involved with the Committee this interview season, contact Joshua Hirsch.

Committee Members: Jeff Berman, Diana Vila, CeCe Sun, Robert Hester, Kevin Ting, Nehal Patel, Matt Perez, Jonathan Lim, Ryle Przybylowicz, Victoria Serpas

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The IMDC has a mission of 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. IMDC attended Houston Pride and took part in Iftar during Ramadan. If you would like to get involved, contact the committee.

Committee Members: Jules Tabilona, Ama Annor, Kingsley Emelogu, Cyrus Iqbal, Joshua Muniz, Charles Nguyen, Tushar Ramesh, Matthew Yang

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GME Resident Council

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GMERC is a council 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.

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Medical Jeopardy

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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 ACP 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.  If interested, contact Hal Zhang.

Medical Jeopardy Team: Jefferson Triozzi, Nico Herrera, Hal Zhang

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Gold Humanism Honor Society

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GHHS Resident Chapter seeks to promote the values of humanism, professionalism, and wellness at Baylor College of Medicine. GHHS 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. For more information, contact Julika Kaplan.

Group Leadership: Julika Kaplan, Sharon Wolfson, Taylor Baumann, Christine Rizk, Elizabeth May, Marwah Shahid

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Internal Medicine Advocacy Committee

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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.

Committee Leaders: Joshua Muñiz, Yazan Kherallah, Sam Hatfield
Faculty: Wilson Lam, M.D.; Sarah Candler, M.D.; Amelia Averyt, M.D.