The Southern Region of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SSGIM) held its annual meeting in New Orleans, LA from February 13 to February 15, 2020, and our very own Drs. David Edelman and Nia S. Mitchell attended. The southern region includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia.
Drs. Edelman and Mitchell were quite involved this year. They were part of a workshop entitled, “Is GIM Fellowship Right for You?” which they presented with colleagues from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Medical University of South Carolina. Together they also provided feedback to two researchers at a Works in Progress session. Dr. Edelman also mentored a junior faculty member who is full-time clinician-educator interested in a research career at the individual mentoring sessions. Dr. Mitchell co-moderated one of the oral abstract sessions.
Sessions at the regional meeting are similar to those at the national meeting including: clinical updates, clinical vignettes, poster sessions, and workshops. The medical Jeopardy competition held over lunch was a popular event. Resident teams from 10 schools participated, and UT Southwestern was the ultimate winner.
Because the meeting is smaller than the national meeting, there is an opportunity for more individualized contact. For example, there are Works in Progress sessions, where researchers have the opportunity to obtain input from researchers at other institutions to improve their manuscripts and research projects. This does not happen at the national meeting.
Dr. Edelman noted, “It is important to participate in these meetings because we can connect with colleagues in the region and may have the opportunity to recruit people to our division.”