In This Month's Issue

In this issue of the SGIM Forum, Associate Editor Dr. Somnath Mookherjee and his co-authors offer two articles on mentoring. In the first article, Drs. Deshpande, Mookherjee, and team compare mentoring concepts in 2023 to a previous study on mentoring completed 20 years prior. They remind us that as much as things have changed, many opportunities remain to be tackled in the mentoring arena. In the second article, Drs. Wright, Mookherjee, and team describe how a novel paired mentoring concept around a specific project led to successes but also recognitions of how things can be done differently in the future.

SGIM president Dr. Martha Gerrity highlights the efforts of the Health Policy Committee and her crusade to advocate for internal medicine. SGIM CEO Dr. Eric Bass and Board of Regional Leaders Chair Dr. Tom Radomski detail the unfolding of a long-standing effort to realign regions within SGIM’s organizational structure. SGIM Philanthropy Committee Chair Dr. Bill Tierney reminds us that running an organization like SGIM requires financial commitments. Current SGIM financial requirements (annual membership renewals and annual meeting registrations) cover the basics of what SGIM offers as an organization. As a forward thinking and moving organization, it is the new and innovative efforts that make SGIM special, and the expansion of these programs can be supported with a donation on “Giving Tuesday.”

Drs. Gobao and Min offer perspective on the detrimental impacts of certain policies and processes on the health and wellbeing of the unhoused. Associate Editor Dr. Gaetan Sgro envisions an idealized future state of health care to meet society’s most pressing needs utilizing a future fictionalized narrative article. Finally, Dr. Alvarez Concejo and co-authors help us find purpose and joy in what we do by defining Ikigai: devotion to activities that bring joy and meaning to one’s life.

From the Editor

The State of Primary Care in the United States

Michael Landry, MD, MSc, FACP, Editor in Chief, SGIM Forum
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Featured Column

2024 USPSTF Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines: Important Updates for SGIM Clinicians

Jennifer L. Michener, MD; Alia Chisty, MD, MS; Megan McNamara, MD, MS
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The State of Medical Care in the Carceral System

Aprotim C. Bhowmik, EdM
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GIMLearn: From Building Blocks to Next Steps

Marshall Fleurant, MD, MPH; Nathan Spell, MD, FACP; Dawn Haglund, MA, CAE; Margaret C. Lo, MD, FACP
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Other Articles

Speakers Bureau: A Grassroots Effort to Support Academic Promotion

Jennifer Koch, MD
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Scaling Age-Friendly Health Systems in a Large Integrated Health System: Lessons and Opportunities

Shivani K. Jindal, MD, MPH; Kimberly Wozneak, MS; Laurence M. Solberg, MD; Andrea Wershof Schwartz, MD, MPH, AGSF
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Practicing Excellence in Health Care

Nikhil Sood, MD
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Q & A with SGIM’s CEO and Immediate Past President on Notable Achievements of 2023-24

Eric B. Bass, MD, MPH; Martha S. Gerrity, MD, MPH, PhD
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Beyond Roadblocks: Navigating Mounting Threats to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Medicine

Jada Bussey-Jones, MD, FACP, President, SGIM
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