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Psychosomatic Medicine Interest Groups

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Psychosomatic Medicine Interest Groups Overview

The American Psychosomatic Society will sponsor the development of Psychosomatic Medicine Interest Groups (PMIGs) at three medical schools (U.S. and International) during the academic year 2014-2015.

The topics of the PMIG must fit with the goals of the APS and are as follows: Cardiovascular disease, Oncology, Gastroenterology, Diabetes, ID/HIV, Aging, Psychoneuroimmunology(PNI), Neuroimaging, Sleep Medicine, Health Services, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM),Genomics, and Women's Health. A combination of these topics is also acceptable.

These competitive awards will fund and guide innovative efforts to foster interest in psychosomatic medicine among medical students, residents, and other clinical trainees. The award for one year includes $1,500 per interest group for PMIG activity related expenses and up to $500 for travel to the 2015 APS Annual Meeting. Each PMIG is expected to integrate or use web-based technology to deliver content material, curriculum, lectures and facilitate maximum distribution of the PMIG project. Activities encouraged are dynamic journal clubs, interactive lectures and seminars, development of model curricula, and other academic projects all using the web based technology.

Objective data and outcome collection of the PMIG project is required, using instruments such as pre and post questionnaires, evaluation forms, and written feedback. It is the expectation of the PMIG selection committee that by March of 2015 sufficient activity has been generated and collected from the PMIG award to allow provisional data and results to be presented at the 2015 March APS Annual Meeting which will be held in Savannah, Georgia from March 18-21.

The goals of the award are to: 1) facilitate interest in psychosomatic medicine among medical students and other trainees; 2) promote education and research collaborations in psychosomatic medicine at the institution; 3) integrate web based teaching tools and/or on-line curriculums that may further enhance the education resources of the APS; 4) recruit promising physicians and young researchers into the American Psychosomatic Society; 5) cultivate the career paths of students interested in psychosomatic medicine; and 6) establish the feasibility of developing interest groups at a larger number of medical schools and clinical institutions.

Interim and Final Progress Reports of the PMIGs will be required for full appropriation of funds.

The applicant must commit to present the findings and outcome of the PMIG award, in person, to the Membership Committee at the March 2015 APS Annual Meeting.

Guidelines and Application
  • Recipients of the awards, who will serve as Sponsor of the local PMIG, must be faculty members of a medical school.
  • Sponsors will be expected to recruit a student or trainee leader, hold at least 6 meetings, submit a report on how the funds were used, and participate in the assessment of the effectiveness of the program.
  • Selection will be based on the sponsor's expressed commitment to the project, proposed use of funds, potential for growth of the interest group at that institution, availability of other like-minded faculty members in the vicinity, and geographical distribution of the applicants.

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Contact Information

PMIG Committee
American Psychosomatic Society
6728 Old McLean Village Drive
McLean, VA 22101
info@psychosomatic.org

Awardees

2013-2014

School Contact Email
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine Dr. Saba Syed sasyed@dhs.lacounty.gov
     
UCLA-SFV Dr. Maria Theresa Mariano mariatheresamariano@gmail.com
     
School: University of Maryland - School of Medicine Faculty :
Seth Himelhock

Mark Ehrenreich

Catherine Harrison-Restelli

Trainee:
Dr. Aliania Morgan-James
Shimelho@psych.umaryland.edu



Mehrenre@psych.umaryland.edu


Catherine.Harrison-Restelli@va.gov
     
Brighton and Sussex Medical School Dr. Nick Medford N.Medford@bsms.ac.uk
     


Psychosomatic Medicine Interest Group (PMIG)

The Psychosomatic Medicine Interest Group (PMIG) section of the APS website provides the central resource for all who are planning or running PMIG's. The goals of the PMIG's are to: 1) facilitate interest in psychosomatic medicine among medical students and other trainees; 2) promote education and research collaborations in psychosomatic medicine at that institution; 3) recruit promising physicians and young researchers into the American Psychosomatic Society; 4) cultivate the career paths of students interested in psychosomatic medicine; and 5) establish the feasibility of developing interest groups at a larger number of medical schools.

Current PMIG Section