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News from the Society of General Internal Medicine

Below, you'll find the latest issue of SGIM's E-News (Volume 3 Issue 3, February 15, 2007). Please visit www.sgim.org for more information.


JGIM ANNOUNCES NEW ONLINE ACCESS
SGIM RECEIVES GRANT FROM AHRQ
HONOR YOUR DIVISION CHIEF THROUGH THE ACGIM CHIEFS' AWARD
THE DEADLINE FOR THE T. FRANKLIN WILLIAMS SCHOLAR'S AWARD IN GERIATRICS IS APPROACHING!
2007 UP-TO-DATE SUBSCRIPTION GRANTS ANNOUNCED
SGIM WEB EDITORIAL BOARD IS LOOKING FOR MEMBERS
SIGN UP FOR A MENTOR AT THE ANNUAL/REGIONAL MEETINGS
HOW TO TEACH EVIDENCE-BASED CLINICAL PRACTICE WORKSHOP ANNOUNCED
REGIONAL MEETING UPDATE



JGIM ANNOUNCES NEW ONLINE ACCESS

In January 2007, the Journal of General Internal Medicine (JGIM) switched publishers to Springer Publishing. All current and previous articles can still be found online, but at a new location. To access articles, visit the members only section of the SGIM web site http://www.sgim.org with your username and password. Select JGIM Online 2007 - present to access current articles and JGIM Online 1997 - 2006 to access past articles (still housed on the Blackwell publishing site). Can't remember your password? Use the password reminder link to have your password emailed to you or let SGIM staff help you by calling the SGIM offices at 800-822-3060.


SGIM RECEIVES GRANT FROM AHRQ

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has awarded SGIM a grant in the amount of $40,000 to support the special symposium, Measuring Quality-The Impact of Patient Complexity at the 2007 Annual Meeting. The aim of the symposium is to stimulate researchers to consider the problem of complexity in their quality research. The top four original abstracts submitted to the national meeting will be showcased at this event. Robert Centor is the PI for this program, which will be moderated by Shelly Greenfield. Barbara Turner, Eve Kerr, and Alan Go will be consultants for the program. Part of the funding SGIM receives will be used to sponsor a special supplement in JGIM, which will most likely be published inside of a regular issue and will highlight the work of SGIM's ongoing quality initiative and feature a select number of original research papers on the same topic as the symposium. This is the first grant SGIM has received from AHRQ to support the annual meeting and we are very pleased that AHRQ has recognized the importance of SGIM's work. PLease contact Tracy McKay, Director of Development, at mckayt@sgim.org with questions about the grant or the symposium.


HONOR YOUR DIVISION CHIEF THROUGH THE ACGIM CHIEFS' AWARD

This year, for the first time ever, ACGIM is providing an opportunity for GIM faculty honor their Division Chief at the national SGIM meeting, with the ACGIM Chief’s Award. This award has been developed specifically to honor Division Chiefs who have been skilled at leading and developing a great Division, which we have purposefully defined very broadly. The nominations need to come from faculty in the Chief’s own Division--ie, YOU! So we invite anyone who feels their Chief deserves this honor to submit letters of nomination—and we encourage you to share this opportunity with others in your Division who may not be SGIM members. For questions regarding nomination please see http://www.acgim.net/awards.htm or contact Kay Ovington at ovingtonk@sgim.org.


THE DEADLINE FOR THE T. FRANKLIN WILLIAMS SCHOLAR'S AWARD IN GERIATRICS IS APPROACHING!

SGIM, ACGIM and the Association of Specialty Professors are pleased to offer the first installment of the T. Franklin Williams Scholar's Award in Geriatrics. This program is intended to support the professional development of junior physician-scientists in GIM divisions who are conducting research that seeks to improve the understanding of important health care problems of older adults. The award is open to individuals with a MD or DO degree who have completed an allopathic Internal Medicine residency but have not completed a fellowship training program in geriatrics or have not received added qualifications in geriatrics from the ABIM. The program provides $75,000 in project support over two years to physicians devoting 75% or more of their effort to research that addresses important issues in aging. The recipient must also have a concurrent mentored career development award.

Act fast, the application deadline is March 15, 2007. For more information, please visit the Professional Development Awards page at http://www.sgim.org/awards.cfm. Contact Amy Woodward, SGIM Committee and Operations Assistant, at woodwarda@sgim.org with questions.


2007 UP-TO-DATE SUBSCRIPTION GRANTS ANNOUNCED

This program offers a donated one-year subscription of UpToDate® in Internal Medicine on Internet and CD-ROM to each of twenty hospitals/clinics/individuals who work in medically underserved areas, and who could benefit from access to UpToDate®, but who do not currently have funding to subscribe. These subscriptions will be awarded through a grant program conducted by SGIM and exclusively funded by UpToDate®, Inc.

Electronic Proposals are due February 28, 2007, midnight, Eastern Time t hendersonm@sgim.org. Paper submissions will also be accepted at SGIM national offices, 2501 M Street, NW, washington, DC 20037. Paper submissions MUST arrive at the office by the electronic deadline. For more information and the complete call for grants, visit http://www.sgim.org/pdf/awards/AwardCallUPTODATE2007.pdf.


SGIM WEB EDITORIAL BOARD IS LOOKING FOR MEMBERS

The SGIM Web Editorial Board (SGIMWEB) is seeking interested applicants to serve in the role of deputy web editor for Career/Member Development. The Deputy Editor would lead a subcommittee of SGIM members that would be assigned to work on specific areas of the web site within the domain of career and member development. He/she would also work in tandem with the editor and other deputy editors to develop, maintain, and manage the content of the web site, and to ensure its accuracy and utility.

The web editorial board is also seeking interested members to serve on web subcommittees in the areas of education, research, clinical practice, health policy, and career/member development. These members would work under the specified deputy editor to create and improve content for their area of the site.

Questions? Want to get involved? Contact Gary Barnas, Editor of the Web Board at gary.barnas@va.gov.


SIGN UP FOR A MENTOR AT THE ANNUAL/REGIONAL MEETINGS

Associates and Junior Faculty - Sign Up For a Mentor at the Annual/Regional Meetings: The One-On-One Mentoring Programs offer students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty an opportunity to speak privately with a more senior SGIM mentor from a different institution. Topics discussed by mentees have included: selecting a residency/fellowship, finding a mentor, job negotiation, getting promoted, writing grants, and personal/professional balance.

Sign up for a mentor at the Annual Meeting in Toronto by March 14 at http://www.sgim.org/am07/Mentoring.htm. You must have your SGIM username and password to sign up. A list of available faculty mentors will be posted by 2/15 at http://www.sgim.org/am07.

Sign up for mentoring at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting in Bethesda, MD by 2/23 http://www.sgim.org/midatlantic.cfm.


HOW TO TEACH EVIDENCE-BASED CLINICAL PRACTICE WORKSHOP ANNOUNCED

Registration is currently undergoing for the popular 2007 How to Teach Evidence Based Clinical Practice Workshop at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.

Members of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University, in collaboration with other colleagues trained in both medicine and in clinical epidemiology, have developed a set of common sense strategies to assist in the critical appraisal of evidence. They have also developed approaches to explicitly considering values and preferences in clinical decision-making, thereby encouraging the practice of EBCP. Workshop objectives include helping participants advance their critical appraisal skills, and their skills in acknowledging and incorporating values and preferences in clinical decision making and helping participants learn how to teach EBCP using a variety of educational models. To register for the workshop, visit the web site at http://clarity.mcmaster.ca/.


REGIONAL MEETING UPDATE

Mid Atlantic Region: You are invited to participate in our One-on-One Mentoring Program! Please visit our web site for all the details and forms by February 23, 2007 to become a mentee or mentor.

Call for Awards: Please submit nominations for the Clinician Educator or Clinician Investigator award by February 28, 2007 to Melissa Baar at BaarM@sgim.org. Include a Nominating Letter and a CV.

Call for Nominations: If you are interested in being considered for SGIM Mid-Atlantic President or Treasurer, or would like to nominate someone for one of these positions, please email Melissa Baar at BaarM@sgim.org. Don't forget to register for our meeting coming up on March 9, 2007 in Bethesda, MD. Visit our web site for all the meeting details http://www.sgim.org/midatlantic.cfm.

New Dates of discussion sessions: Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting: March 9.