New Professional Association Formed for Chiefs of Internal Medicine
In 2001, the Society of General Internal Medicine created the Association of Chiefs of General Internal Medicine to provide internal medicine division chiefs in the nation's medical schools and teaching hospitals with new opportunities for professional development and leadership training.
Under the grant, the Association accomplished the following:
- Held two one-day management institutes, attended by 24 and 28 division chiefs respectively.
- Developed resources for its membership, including:
- A Web site.
- A monthly online newsletter, Chiefs' Alert.
- An e-mail listserv.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported the project with a two-year grant of $50,000 beginning in January 2001.
Internal medicine division chiefs in the 125 U.S. medical schools and 300 teaching hospitals provide patients with primary and inpatient care, teach students and residents, conduct research, and manage administration, often in high-overhead, deficit-ridden settings (such as primary care clinics) with relatively underserved and poorly reimbursed populations.
The Association of Chiefs of General Internal Medicine defined four goals:
- Provide professional development through leadership and management training.
- Provide forums at which to exchange information.
- Provide personal development and professional networking for chiefs.
- Influence and educate institutional leaders about academic general internal medicine.
The association held two one-day management institutes, attended by 24 and 28 division chiefs respectively. The training included sessions on:
- Challenging situations experienced by chiefs of general and internal medicine, and issues such as mentoring and building effective groups of clinician educators.
- A leadership framework for academic physicians and a self-assessment of the physicians' leadership skills.
- Case studies in financial solutions for general and internal medicine divisions.
The Association of Chiefs of General and Internal Medicine also developed resources for its membership, including:
- A Web site to disseminate professional development opportunities and association news.
- A monthly online newsletter, Chiefs' Alert.
- An e-mail listserv to keep members informed of meetings and position openings, and offer a forum for online, interactive discussions.
- Two executive planning retreats for the association's leadership. (See the Bibliography for details.)
During the two-year grant period, association membership grew from 49 to 70 division chiefs.
AFTER THE GRANT
The third management institute, held April 30, 2003, in Vancouver, B.C., with 35 participants, focused on:
- Life events and their effect on the workforce in general internal medicine sections.
- Financing primary care in academic medicine.
- Hospital medicine in academic medical centers.
Following the grant period, association membership grew to 107.
GRANT DETAILS & CONTACT INFORMATION
Training Internal Medicine Division Chiefs for Programmatic Leadership
Society of General Internal Medicine (Washington, DC)
Dates: January 2001 to December 2002
David Karlson, Ph.D.
(Current as of date of this report; as provided by grantee organization; not verified by RWJF; items not available from RWJF.)
Centor R. "Finding Your Path." SGIM Forum, 26(10): 5, 2003.
Centor R. "Why ACGIM-My Personal Exploration." SGIM Forum, 24(9): 2, 2001.
Levinson W and Linzer M. "What Is an Academic General Internist? Career Options and Training Pathways." Journal of the American Medical Association, 288(16): 20452048, 2002. Abstract available online.
Linzer M. "What Is a Full-Time Academic Physician?" SGIM Forum, 24(10): 2, 2001.
Moran WP. "ACGIM Management Institute: Improving Management Training and Leadership." SGIM Forum, 26(3): 7, 2003.
"Join Today: ACGIM The Association of Chiefs of General Internal Medicine," brochure, a call for founding members. Washington: Association of Chiefs of General Internal Medicine, 2001. Available online.
Chiefs' ALERT from ACGIM, newsletter of the Association of Chiefs of General Internal Medicine. Washington: Association of Chiefs of General Internal Medicine, 2002. Available online. Three issues in 2002 and three issues 2003.
"The ACGIM Management Institute," May 2, 2001, San Diego. Attended by 24 physicians from U.S. medical schools and teaching hospitals. Two group sessions.
"The ACGIM Management Institute," May 2, 2002, Atlanta. Attended by 28 physicians from U.S. medical schools and teaching hospitals. Two group sessions.
World Wide Web Sites
www.acgim.net. Web site of the Association of Chiefs of General Internal Medicine, with ACGIM news and professional development opportunities. Washington: Association of Chiefs of General Internal Medicine, 2001.
Report prepared by: Jan Hempel
Reviewed by: Richard Camer
Reviewed by: Marian Bass
Program Officer: Calvin Bland