AAIM Member Spotlight

The Alliance turns the spotlight on members to highlight how they are making a difference and how they have benefited from AAIM membership. Share your story! To be highlighted on the AAIM website and in AAIM Connection, submit your (or a colleague's) story online or by email.

Current Member Spotlight

Shirley Wu, MD
Shirley Wu, MD
Associate Program Director
Department of Medicine
Los Angeles County-Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Describe your typical day.
Similar to many other faculty members, we are in this because we like the variety. I’m trained in internal medicine primary care and did a fellowship in geriatrics. I divide my time with inpatient wards, geriatric consults, and outpatient. I have my own geriatric primary care clinic and am the medical director for the Internal Medicine Primary Care Clinic. As part of a hospital-based program, like many of our faculty I have administrative duties for our hospital.

What is your favorite part of the job?
I enjoy trying to combine improving clinical care at the systems level with resident education. We have been trying to integrate quality improvement in our clinic for the last couple of years and began partnering with Toyota using their quality improvement process, LEAN. Toyota is located in our area and was looking to spread their improvement into other industries. They reached out to us and for the last year and a half our clinic built a team and looked at patient flow at the clinic. We had little resident involvement but I wanted to bring this to the resident curriculum. So residents who rotate in the clinic now participate.

How has the AAIM membership been of value to you and your career?
I feel like I will benefit more as I progress in my career. It’s great to see what conversations are about on a larger scale and see that other program directors are having similar issues.

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Past Member Spotlights

  • Parul Sud, MD, FACP Program Director McLaren-Flint How long have you been a member of AAIM? More than ten years. What is your favorite part of your job? Among my varied roles as educator, ...

  • Christopher Smith, MD Internal Medicine Residency Program Director Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center How long have you been a member of AAIM? Approximately 15 years What is your favorite part ...

  • Kelly McGarry, MD Program Director, General Internal Medicine Residency  Alpert Medical School at Brown University How long have you been a member of AAIM? I have been a member of AAIM as long ...

  • Lonika Sood Clinical Education Director, Internal Medicine Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, Washington State University How long have you been a member of AAIM? Three years. What is your ...

  • Sujatha Pitani MD, FACP Associate Program Director Department of Internal Medicine University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine How long have you been a member of AAIM?   Six years. What is your ...