In just over three months, we will be gathering at the Gaylord Rockies Resort in Aurora, Colorado, for our 2023 Annual Meeting #SGIM23. We are excited to share some new initiatives that will complement the traditional meeting components that bring us back every year. To keep with the meeting theme of meeting the promise of tomorrow, we will focus on sustainability and have embedded a local advocacy initiative into the meeting. Not only did we add a new mid-career mentoring panel to the popular career mentoring panel series but also we will host our first ever SGIM-wide community conversation.

Sustainability has been a focus area for both the SGIM council and the program committee this year. We are thrilled that Dr. Howard Frumkin, Senior Vice President for the Trust for Public Land, will return to his SGIM home to give the opening plenary titled, “General Internal Medicine: Meeting the Climate of Tomorrow.” His presentation will review the health impacts of climate change and address the difficulty of responding to the climate crisis in our personal and professional capacities. This hope-filled presentation will set the tone for our meeting overall as we grapple with environmental challenges within medicine and the world. Under the leadership of Beth Gillespie, our inaugural Sustainability Program Committee chair, we have worked to reduce our footprint for the meeting as SGIM makes sustainability plans. Please see our meeting website about how we are tackling sustainability at our 2023 Annual Meeting.1

Building on a strong tradition of local advocacy at our annual meetings, this year we have proactively chosen an advocacy focus based on local needs and member expertise with the support of our Health Policy Committee. Through our advocacy focus “Housing is Healthcare,” led by our local hosts, Sarah Stella and Juan Lessing, we will learn about the local and national housing crisis and its impact on our patients and how we may support on-going efforts. This issue will be publicized through a social media campaign and supported by clinical, research, and education meeting presentations. Our local community partner, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, will host a booth at our meeting to educate members about the issue and their work. This approach will model how SGIM can incorporate advocacy as an intentional part of the annual meeting in the future.

We also want to ensure that our meeting continues to support the needs of SGIM members across their career lifespan. As in past meetings, we will have content focused on students, residents, and fellows as well as junior and senior faculty. In addition, we will have a brand-new Mid-Career Mentoring Panel to focus on the unique challenges faced by mid-career faculty as they transition to senior leadership. We want to thank our Mentoring co-chairs, Vidya Gopinath and Delany Goulet, for creating this panel that will feature leaders in SGIM and their local institutions: Carla Spagnoletti, Daniella Zipkin, Vineet Chopra, and Carlos Estrada.

Finally, a highlight of our meeting will be our first ever SGIM Community Huddle that will bring together our entire organization to strategize about how SGIM may support members who live and work in states with policies that conflict with SGIM’s mission. Our SGIM president, LeRoi Hicks, will host a panel discussion moderated by SGIM CEO, Eric Bass. Our panelists Marshall Chin, Giselle Corbie-Smith, Elizabeth Jacobs, and Matthew Wynia represent a diversity of our SGIM regions, viewpoints, and areas of expertise. We will engage in an interactive discussion about the tools we can use as individuals and as an organization to protect our patients and support our personal and professional values.

Thank you to all who submitted your work for consideration or served as a peer reviewer. Our scientific abstracts, clinical vignettes, and innovations in medical education and healthcare delivery have been selected and acceptances will go out on February 8, 2023. The number and quality of submissions this year made our reviewers’ job both difficult and rewarding. We anticipate that the work presented at the meeting will exceed your expectations. We are excited to see how many of you have already registered and want to remind those of you have not that early registration ends on March 13, 2023. We also want to encourage members to book their room at the Gaylord as soon as possible to ensure you can stay onsite and enjoy the meeting to its fullest. We are so grateful for our program committee members, all of whom are listed on our annual meeting website, for organizing a meeting to enlighten and inspire you!

References

  1. General Internal Medicine: Meeting the Promise of Tomorrow. SGIM 2023 Annual Meeting. SGIM. https://connect.sgim.org/annualmeeting/home.

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Advocacy, Clinical Practice, Health Policy & Advocacy, Leadership, Administration, & Career Planning, Medical Education, SGIM

Author Descriptions

Dr. Fluker (shelly-ann.fluker@emory.edu) is an associate professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and the J. Willis Hurst Internal Medicine residency program primary care track director. Dr. Saunders (msaunders@uchicago.edu) is an associate professor of medicine at University of Chicago Medicine, a clinician-investigator, and the living donor advocate physician for the transplant center.

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