Leadership In Medicine Track

Mission Statement

The Leadership in Medicine (LIM) track is designed to provide Internal Medicine residents interested in a career in General Medicine (i.e. Hospitalist or Primary Care) with the tools to facilitate growth as leaders in their respective careers. Internists are often called upon to lead initiatives that have a critical impact on health care systems and patient outcomes. Examples of such initiatives include patient safety and quality improvement, utilization management, care redesign, improving population health measures, and coordinating transitions of care. Hence, the LIM track provides enhanced opportunities for residents to learn core principles of leading change efforts, health systems operations, and the business aspects of healthcare delivery in order to prepare them for the expanding role of Internists beyond bedside practice. We seek to cultivate physician leaders committed to high quality, safe and cost-effective patient-centered care by: 1) exposing residents to the principles of Change Management; 2) providing residents with an improved understanding of health care delivery models and how physicians’ daily practices impact health systems operations; 3) teaching residents how to communicate effectively as leaders and patient advocates; and 4) providing an enhanced awareness of healthcare disparities and challenges associated with caring for vulnerable populations.

The track is incorporated into the current 3-year Internal Medicine residency curriculum and begins in the PGY-2 year. In addition to specialized didactics during their ambulatory block, LIM residents engage in self-reflection exercises and are tasked to continuously apply lessons learned in didactic sessions to their daily practices. The track also has a project requirement where residents work in teams to tackle a project aimed at instituting lasting, positive change in the residency program or healthcare system at large.

Program highlights include:

  • Didactic sessions during ambulatory block that include guest speakers, interactive workshops, and lectures
  • 2-4 week elective time in residents’ area of career interest
  • Capstone Project – Physician leaders are often required to critically assess gaps that impact patient outcomes and concisely articulate clinical needs to administration and executive teams with a goal of collaborative innovation within institutions. The LIM project provides residents an opportunity to consolidate and apply all the knowledge/tools from the track into designing and executing a project that addresses an important gap.
    • Project deliverable must be geared towards effecting lasting change in the residency program or hospital system
      • Topics maybe related to: patient care, residency or hospital operations, creating/implementing best practices etc
    • Project must have a multidisciplinary component
    • Residents are required to present their work at the end of the year
    • Abstract submissions to conference are encouraged

Summary of Curriculum Requirements:

  • Attend didactic sessions (1-5 pm) 7th floor Robertson Pavilion. See calendar invite for location. All excused absence requests (i.e. vacation, conference attendance, interviews etc must be sent to Drs Amin and Aibana in advance)
  • Complete all pre and post session assignments
  • Submit 2 or 4-week elective request and proposal to Drs. Amin, Aibana, and Swails
  • Complete LIM Capstone Project
  • Facilitate the residency’s M&M Conference presentations

How to Apply

  • Open for PGY 1 Categorical Internal Medicine Residents only
  • Applicants should have a strong interest in pursuing careers in Hospitalist Medicine or Primary Care
  • Deadline for completing applications is January 31
  • For more information, contact Dr Amee Amin (amee.amin@uth.tmc.edu) and Dr Omowunmi Aibana (Omowunmi.aibana@uth.tmc.edu)

Current Residents

 

 

PGY1                                  PGY 2                        PGY 3 
Austin Armstrong              Alex Gazda                 Jeffrey Chen
Christen Dillard                 Annie Janise              Uzoamaka Kim Dike
Kelly Galvis                        Sasha Mehrabian      Johanna Gerwer
Raamis Khwaja                  Kalyn Mosely             Carissa Huq
Sarada Thanikachalam     Travis Peery               Avni Mody