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Annual Meeting Speakers Announced: “Resilience & Grit: Pursuing Organizational Change & Preventing Burnout in GIM”

 , April 04, 2017

The Society of General Internal Medicine will be holding its 2017 Annual Meeting, “Resilience & Grit: Pursuing Organizational Change & Preventing Burnout in GIM”, April 19-22, 2017 in Washington, DC. This meeting will engage general internists in sharing how they can take action as individuals, as leaders, and as advocates to improve their work and the environment in which they practice. 

SGIM’s presenters are doctors and other health care professionals responsible for teaching general internal medicine to the next generation of physicians. Most combine teaching with taking care of patients in clinical practices and/or research about medical treatment.  For more information on SGIM or for a schedule of the events, please visit   

Plenary Speakers:

Opening Plenary Session

Eileen Reynolds, MD, 2016-2017 SGIM President and Vice Chair for Education & Chief, Division of GIM & Primary Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School will open the 2017 SGIM Annual Meeting with her presidential address “SGIM at 40:  Reflections on Organizational Resilience" (Session C: April 20 - 9:15-11:15AM)

Dr. Reynolds is the Vice Chair for Education and Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. As vice chair she oversees the educational programs at all levels throughout the Department of Medicine. She moved to this role after spending 13 years as Residency Program Director. In addition, she is the Faculty Director of the Linde Family Fellowship in Primary Care Leadership, an endowed year-long development program for emerging leaders. As division chief, she learns from and oversees a large faculty-resident primary care practice, a 5-hopsitalwide network of hospitalists, a general medicine research section, and a growing palliative care group.

The Friday Plenary Session 
Keynote Address and Malcolm L. Peterson Honor Lecture will be delivered by Vivian S. Lee, MD, PhD, MBA, Senior Vice President, University Health Sciences
CEO, University of Utah Health Care Dean, School of Medicine 
(Session H: April 21 - 8:00-10:00AM) 

Since July of 2011, Dr. Vivian S. Lee has served as Senior Vice President for Health Sciences at the University of Utah, Dean of the University’s School of Medicine, and CEO of University of Utah Health Care.  In this position she is responsible for an annual budget of more than $3.3  billion; a health care system comprising four hospitals; numerous clinical and research special-ty centers like the Huntsman Cancer Institute and John Moran Eye Center; a network of 11 neighborhood health centers; an insurance plan; 18 regional hospital affiliates, and over 1,600 board certified physicians; and five colleges including the School of Medicine, the Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy, Health, and most recently, the School of Dentistry.

Closing Plenary Session &  Awards Breakfast
Armchair Discussion: Housing and Health 
Speakers: Erika C. Poethig, Urban Institute; Thomas O’Toole, MD, National Center on Homelessness among Veterans, VA; Moderator: Stephan D. Fihn, MD, MPH, University of Washington (Session O: April 22, 7:30-10:00AM)

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