Ochsner medical students receive SGIM funding to promote pursuing General Internal Medicine careers

25 Mar 2019
SGIM funding recipients
From left to right: Sajan Gill (Ochsner), Faisal Kirdar (Tulane), Shaitalya Vellanki (LSU), Jennifer Mansour (Tulane), Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Amaraoma Ugoji (Tulane), Vipin Varghese (Ochsner), Nancy Tran (LSU), Tammy Do (Ochsner).

Medical students from UQ-Ochsner Clinical School, in partnership with their cohorts at LSU School of Medicine and Tulane University School of Medicine, were recipients of grant funding from the 2018 Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) “Proud to be GIM” campaign. They were among 20 institutional recipients of the award and received matching funding from Ochsner, LSU, and Tulane.

The funding was used to organize and co-host an event held on March 14 featuring Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, to emphasize the importance of general internal medicine. Dr. DeSalvo spoke on her passion for general internal medicine in her presentation “Lessons on Primary Care from Hurricane Katrina to Inform Our Future.” Medical students, residents, and faculty from Ochsner, LSU, and Tulane attended.

Dr. DeSalvo also shared her experiences as the assistant secretary for health at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the Obama Administration and as the New Orleans Health Commissioner. She is currently a professor of medicine and population health at Dell Medical School in Austin, Texas.

The Society of General Internal Medicine is a national medical society of 3,000 physicians who are the primary internal medicine faculty of every medical school and major teaching hospital in the United States. SGIM members teach medical students, residents, and fellows how to care for adult patients, leading the way to better health for everyone.