UMMS hosts networking, educational event for general internal medicine prospects

By Megan Bard

UMass Medical School Communications

January 22, 2017
  Allen Chang, MD

Allen Chang, MD, one of the organizers of the event, practices general internal medicine at UMass Memorial Health Care.

UMass Medical School will host a Society of General Internal Medicine event on Thursday, Jan. 26, from 6 to 9 p.m., in the Albert Sherman Center café, to encourage medical students and residents to pursue careers in the field.

One of dozens of events throughout the country celebrating #ProudtobeGIM Week, the networking opportunity will be hosted by the Division of General Internal Medicine of the Department of Medicine at UMMS and Baystate Health.

“General internal medicine is a rewarding practice of medicine where you can take care of a patient longitudinally,” said Allen Chang, MD, assistant professor of medicine and assistant program director of the internal medicine residency program. “We focus on the patient as an individual and get to have that meaningful relationship with them, which is sometimes not easy to obtain in a specialty.”

Dr. Chang said general internists distinguish themselves from specialists, as their primary role is to take care of adults to the fullest capacity and in a primary care setting. Fifty-eight percent of the School of Medicine Class of 2016, or 69 students, chose careers in internal medicine, family medicine and pediatrics.

The #ProudtobeGIM event Thursday will start with an address by Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medical Education, executive deputy chancellor, provost and dean of the School of Medicine. Attendees will take part in a discussion with an expert panel of general internists representing the wide range of careers in GIM, including hospital medicine, primary care, academic medicine, research and health care leadership. More information on the event, including registration, can be found here:

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