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AAIM committees and task forces support the strategic plan and critical initiatives that impact the organization and profession. This section provides quarterly updates about Alliance-level “working” committees. To learn more about charges for these committees and task forces, AAIM governance-oriented committees, or individual association program planning and survey committees, please visit the About AAIM section.

AAIM runs an annual call for volunteers to serve on Alliance and association committees and task forces, usually in March/April. Committee and task volunteers are required to be current members (the institution’s dues must be paid for that year) as well as expected to have been members for at least three years and to have attended at least two Alliance or APDIM meetings in the last four years. To ensure the availability of a maximum number of volunteer opportunities, members may hold only one elected or appointed role per year (i.e., you cannot serve on multiple committees/task forces or on council and a committee/task force). Terms are usually one year for task forces and three years for committees. For more information about committee service, please contact the AAIM office at (703) 341-4540 or governance@im.org.

Alliance Committees & Task Forces 

AAIM Business of Medicine Initiative Task Force

Charge:
The AAIM Business of Medicine is a cross-organizational task force that is composed of council and general members.  The task force is responsible for:

  • Establishing the definitions and domains of the “business of medicine”
  • Developing curricular “content tracks” for physicians and administrators in the established domains
  • Assessing and recommending modalities of providing this content to members and non-members
  • Preparing a recommendation for the AAIM Finance and Audit Committee for resources to support this effort
  • Preparing a recommendation for the AAIM Board of Directors for an 18 to 36 month plan to develop, deploy, and assess a “business of medicine” initiative

Chair: Monica Fawthrop

AAIM Business of Medicine Initiative Task Force recommendations (as of November 2021)

AAIM Business of Medicine Initiative Task Force Roster

Kevin Dustin, MBA
Associate Chair, Administration and Finance
University of Utah School of Medicine

Monica Fawthrop (Chair)
Division Administrator
University of Washington School of Medicine

Laurie Jacobs, MD
Chair
Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center

Nicholas Jaidar
Faculty Practice Administrator
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Stephen Knohl, MD
Program Director
State University of New York Upstate Medical University College of Medicine

Michelle Lynch, MPA
Administrator
University of Washington School of Medicine

Angela Peppers, MBA
Vice Chair for Finance & Administration
University of Nebraska College of Medicine

Arif Sarwari, MD
Chair
West Virginia University School of Medicine

Jeffrey Summers, MD
Chair
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine

AAIM Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force

The AAIM Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force reviews and considers AAIM’s existing DEI initiatives for physician and administrator members and provide feedback on priorities. The AAIM DEI Task Force is responsible for:

  • Assisting with the development of the existing AAIM DEI initiatives:
    • Multi-modal DEI education series (webinar series)
    • AAIM DEI framework
    • External collaborations (e.g, ACP Council on Subspecialty Societies DEI Summit)
    • Enhancing member and institutional data profiles
  • Assessing the DEI resource needs of members
  • Assessing AAIM’s existing DEI initiatives
  • Providing feedback on AAIM’s DEI priorities and initiatives for FY 2022 to FY 2024

Chair: Stefanie R. Brown, MD, FACP, FAAP

AAIM Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force Roster

Eric Ayers, MD, FAAP, FACP
Program Director Pediatric Residency
Wayne State University School of Medicine

Stefanie Brown, MD, FACP, FAAP (Chair)
Program Director
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

Daniel Cabrera, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Washington School of Medicine

Alia Chisty, MD
Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
Penn State Milton S Hershey Medical Center

Amanda Clark, MD
Associate Program Director
University of Mississippi School of Medicine

Ricardo Correa, MD, Es.D, FACP, FACE, FAPCR, CMQ
Endocrinology Program Director
University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix

Olga Karasik MD
Associate Program Director
University of Central Florida College of Medicine

Leon Lai, MD
Associate Program Director
MedStar Health/Georgetown-Washington Hospital Center

Sandra Ordonez, C-TAGME
Program Manager
Harvard Medical School Massachusetts General Hospital

Erin Price, MPH
Senior Program Manager
University of Michigan Medical School

Alejandro Prigollini, MD
Senior Associate Program Director
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai/St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center

Catherine Rich, MD
Associate Program Director
Boston University School of Medicine

Joseph Smith, MD
Sub-Internship Course Director
Indiana University School of Medicine

Sylk Sotto, EdD, MBA, MPS
Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs
Indiana University School of Medicine

Neelima Thati, MD
Division Chief Primary Care Population Health
Wayne State University School of Medicine

Alan Wasserman, MD
Chair
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Tammy Wichman, MD
Internal Medicine Program Director
University of Nebraska College of Medicine

AAIM Faculty Development Task Force

The AAIM Faculty Development Initiative Task Force is charged with examining the landscape of how various programs undertake professional and personal development of its faculty. The task force will identify common challenges and will share best practices on how UME and GME institutions engage and develop faculty to improve performance.

Chair: Aashish Didwania, MD

AAIM Faculty Development Task Force Roster

Mel Anderson, MD, MACP
Associate Program Director
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Amna Anees, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
St. Vincent Hospital and Health Care Center

Aashish Didwania, MD
Program Director Chair
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Karen  Friedman, MD, MS-HPPL, FACP
Program Director
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra Northwell

Joshua Hartzell, MD
Residency Program Director
National Capital Consortium

Grace Huang, MD
Vice Chair of Career Development and Mentoring
Harvard Medical School Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Trek Langenhan, MD
Associate Program Director
University of Nebraska College of Medicine

Craig Noronha, MD
Associate Program Director
Boston University School of Medicine

Aditi Puri, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Ateeq Rehman, MD, FACP
Internal Medicine Program Director
Marshfield Clinic

Anita Sikha, MD
Outpatient Clinical Faculty
Memorial Healthcare System (Hollywood, FL)

Sarita Soares, MD
Assistant Professor
Yale-New Haven Medical Center (Primary Care)

Katie Suddarth, MD
Associate Program Director
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Laxmi Suthar, MD, FACP
Program Director
Olive View/UCLA Medical Center

Kanta Velamuri, MD, M.Ed.
Associate Professor
Baylor College of Medicine

AAIM Innovation Grants Committee

Charge:
The AAIM Innovation Grants Committee is charged with overseeing the AAIM Innovation Grants Program. The committee is responsible for providing guidance on the annual grant’s timeline and process, determining future grant program themes, reviewing submitted letters of interest and grant applications, and selecting grant recipients.

Chair:  Amy Zelenski, PhD
Vice Chair:  Thurayya Arayssi, MD

FY22 AAIM Innovation Grants Workplan

List of proposed activities

Map to AAIM Strategic Plan (Goal and Initiative)

  1. Establish DEI steering committee—two AAIM members and 1 staff member selected (Amy Zelenski, PhD, Jaya Raj, MD and Hanan Abdulahi, MPP-AAIM staff): September 2021

    1. In collaboration with partners, ABIM, ABIMF, ACP and Josiah Macy Foundation, the steering committee would provide overall guidance for the program, including the creation of the RFA and the review process for potential grantees. The steering committee would review potential reviewers and the final slate of grantees.

  2. Establish grant review committee: October 2021

    1. A single review committee will be established with equal representation from the partners. The review committee should have greater racial, ethnic, and professional diversity than in the first phase. The number of committee members will be determined by the Steering Committee.

    2. Grant review committee—will be charged with reviewing and scoring LOIs and full grant applications during the review process.

  3. Request for proposals released—November 2021

  4. Review committee members receive LOI to review: December 2021

  5. Review committee meets and selects those who will be invited to submit full proposals: January 2022

  6. Full proposals due March 15, 2022

  7. Review committee meets and selects grantees: April/May 2022

  8. Grantees announced to AAIM leadership and membership May 2022

Goal 2: AAIM will redesign the transitions across the continuum of internal medicine education

  • Initiative 4: Promote innovation in medical education research

AAIM Innovation Grants Committee Roster

Thurayya Arayssi, MD FACP, FACR, FRCP (Vice Chair)
Weill Cornell Medicine

Pramil Cheriyath, MD, MS, FACP
Professor of Medicine
Ocean Medical Center Program Director

David Cohen, MD FACE, ECNU
Vice Chair, Education
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Faculty

Nacide Ercan-Fang, MD
Associate Program Director
University of Minnesota Medical School

Diana McNeill, MD, MACP
Duke University School of Medicine

Rachel Perlman, MD
Assistant Program Director
University of Michigan Medical School

Tiffany Schwasinger-Schmidt, MD, PhD
Clerkship Director
University of Kansas (Wichita)

Ankur Segon, MD, MPH FACP

Jillian Zavodnick, MD
Clerkship Director, Associate Residency Program Director
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Amy Zelenski, PhD (Chair)
Director of Education, Associate Program Director
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

AAIM Medical Education Learner Transitions Improvements Task Force

The AAIM Medical Education Learner Transitions Improvement Task Force will develop standardized, competency-based educational handoff resources designed to ease the handover process from medical school to residency and residency to fellowship with a goal of establishing a more effective and efficient education training process across the continuum of medical education.

Chair: Richard L. Alweis, MD
Vice Chair: Michelle Sweet, MD

AAIM Medical Education Learner Transitions Improvements Task Force Roster

Richard Alweis, MD (Chair)
Associate CMO/DIO
Rochester Regional Health/Unity Hospital (Rochester)

Andrea Carter, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Andrew Dentino, MD, FACP, AGSF, FAPA Program Director for Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley-Doctors Hospital at Renaissance

Allison Ferris, MD, FACP
Program Director
Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine

Adam Garber, MD, FACP
Acting Internship Course Director
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Alex Glaser, MD
Residency Program Director
Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Health System

Mary Lacy, MD
Associate Residency Program Director
University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Kristen Lewis, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Ohio State University College of Medicine

John McConville, MD
Program Director
University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences, Pritzker School of Medicine

Achilia Morrow, MD
Associate Program Director
Baylor College of Medicine

Kendall Novoa-Takara, MD
Faculty Physician/Hospitalist
University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix

Ryan Punsalan, MD
Program Director
Garnet Health Medical Center

Jennifer Readlynn, MD
Medicine Sub-I Director
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Aditi Singh, MD
Residency Program Director
University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine

Jennifer Swails, MD, FACP
Residency Program Director
McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Michelle Sweet, MD (Vice Chair)
Sub-I Clerkship Director
Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center

AAIM Medical Education Research Committee

Charge: The medical education research committee will assess the culture underlying medical education by designing, evaluating, and supporting curricular innovations.

Chair: Chayan Chakraborti, MD

Vice Chair: Margaret Baker, MD

FY22 AAIM Medical Education Research Workplan

List of proposed activities

Map to AAIM Strategic Plan

(Goal and Initiative)

  1. Develop a plan to conduct a literature review that will focus on USMLE Step 1 scores potential implications for residency program selection, future ABIM exam success, and clinical practice skill. This review should be made available to all key stakeholders.

  2. Develop a plan to further study the impact on each stakeholder in the transition to USMLE Step 1 pass/fail

    1. US medical students

    2. Internal medicine clerkship directors

    3. IMGs

    4. Internal medicine program directors

    5. Fellowship program directors

  3. Develop a plan to investigate potential structural issues preventing longitudinal assessment of learners

Goal 2: AAIM will redesign the transitions across the continuum of internal medicine education

  • Initiative 4: Promote innovation in medical education research

AAIM Medical Education Research Committee Roster

M. Hayes Baker MD (Vice Chair)
Internal Medicine Program Director
Magnolia Regional Health Center

Oliver Cerqueira, DO, FACP
Assistant Professor and Clerkship Director
University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine (Tulsa)

Chayan Chakraborti, MD, FACP, SFHM (Chair)
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Tulane University School of Medicine

Anthony Donato Jr., MD MHPE
Assistant Program Director
Reading Hospital (Tower Health)

Christopher Henry, MD
Assistant Program Director
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Raj Jagarlamudi, MD
Program Director
St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor

Benjamin Kinnear, MD
Assistant Program Director
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Amalia Landa-Galindez, MD, FACP
Clerkship Director & Internal Medicine Division Chief
Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Suchita Pancholi, MD, FACP
Clinical Assistant Professor & Primary Care Track Director
University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia

Jill Patton, DO, FACP
Program Director
Advocate Health Care (Advocate Lutheran General Hospital)

Carleen Spitzer, MD
Associate Program Director
Ohio State University College of Medicine

Jaini Sutaria, MD
Assistant Professor
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

AAIM Research Committee

Charge: The AAIM Research Committee is charged with promoting and sustaining a community of research program directors to develop and share best practices designed to ensure the survival, growth, and diversity of the physician-scientist workforce. The committee will serve as the central body for data collection, analysis, and the dissemination of research-related outcomes of residency and fellowship research programs.

Chair: Christopher Williams, MD, PhD

Vice Chair: Jatin Vyas, MD, PhD

FY22 AAIM Research Committee Workplan

List of proposed activities

Map to AAIM Strategic Plan

(Goal and Initiative)

  1. 2022 Research Pathways Workshop: April 2022

    • Annual workshop held during Academic Internal Medicine Week that serves as a venue for physician-scientists training program faculty to share best practices, discuss future trends, and network with peers. Topics range from DEI, tracking outcomes, funding, stimulating curiosity, team science, and sharing best practices.

  2. Research Committee will develop a manuscript that focuses on by end of FY22

    • A blueprint for successful physician-scientist training, based on the experiences of multiple academic institutions

    • Promoting physician-scientist careers/values/diversity

  3. Conduct survey on research in residency (RiR) and PSTP (physician scientist training programs) trainees training experience by end of FY22

    • Purpose is to gather data on the Physician/Clinical scientist post-graduate training experience to understand their viewpoints, challenges and opportunities that will assist in implementing programming that will support the clinician-scientist career path.

Goal 2: AAIM will redesign the transitions across the continuum of internal medicine education

  • Initiative 5: Develop and disseminate best practices designed to ensure the expansion of opportunities for underrepresented faculty to be part of a physician-scientist workforce that is diverse, equitable and inclusive.

AAIM  Research Committee Roster

Olujimi Ajijola, MD, PhD
Faculty
David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles

Robert Baiocchi, MD, PhD
Faculty
Ohio State University College of Medicine

Paul Conlin, MD
Chief, Medical Service; Maurice Strauss Chair and Professor of Medicine
Boston University School of Medicine

Emily Gallagher, MD, PhD
Associate Program Director for Research for Internal Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Isabella Grumbach, MD, PhD
Vice Chair for Research
University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

Carlos Isales, MD
Division Chief
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Barbara Kazmierczak, MD, PhD FIDSA
Yale-New Haven Medical Center (Primary Care)

Christopher Kontos, MD, FAHA
Professor of Medicine, Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
Duke University School of Medicine

W.Kimryn Rathmell, MD, PhD
Chair of Department of Medicine
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Don Rockey, MD
Professor
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine

Jatin Vyas, MD, PhD FIDSA, FACP (Vice Chair)
Program Director
Harvard Medical School Massachusetts General Hospital

Christopher Williams, MD, PhD (Chair)
Associate Dean, Physician Scientist Education and Training
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine