Interest Groups

Interest Groups

Interest Groups are hour long networking opportunities for SGIM meeting attendees with shared professional interests. Submission of an Interest Group serves as a request for meeting space.

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Submission Criteria

Important

  • Submission required each year:
    • Interest groups must submit a request to meet each year.
    • Interest groups that previously met at annual meetings must resubmit a request each year.
  • Non-educational networking event: Interest group sessions must not be designed or submitted as formal learning sessions as they do not offer or accrue CME credit hours.
  • No session evaluation: As interest group meetings do not offer CME credit, SGIM does not conduct interest group session evaluations.
  • Planning an educational session? The Program Committee invites you to submit your educational session as a workshop rather than as an interest group.

Interest Group Duration

Interest Group sessions are 60 minutes long.

Interest Group Submission Structure

  1. Title: Please include “Interest Group” at the end of the Interest Group name. Examples include: Fellowship Directors Interest Group or Hospital Medicine Interest Group.
  1. Description: Please provide a brief (300 word) description of your networking interest group, including the target participants, and any activities plannedr or anticipated content of discussion. This description will be posted on the SGIM website for one year along with the name and email address of the coordinator.
  1. Coordinator: Interest Group submissions may identify one (and only one) person who will serve as the session coordinator at the annual meeting (administrative contact regarding the annual meeting).
  1. Poster Walk and Talk Option: : For the 2019 Annual Meeting, this additional networking opportunity will be offered to interest groups. If your interest group is interested in hosting a poster walk-and-talk on a particular topic aligned with your interest group, please indicate respective submission categories for preferred poster type(s).

    Selection of the poster walk-and-talk option will not affect scheduling of your networking interest group time, but it will allow for additional time to be set aside for networking and poster discussion during one of the poster sessions. Please see SGIM Annual Meeting Schedule here.

    The poster walk-and-talk option will be offered to those who indicate interest during the online submission process, and at the discretion of the program committee in discussion with the interest group coordinator. The Interest Group leader will be notified of the poster walk-and-talk schedule one month preceding the Annual Meeting.

    Poster Walk and Talk Preferences (Identify respective submission categories next to preferred poster types.)
    • Scientific Abstracts
    • Clinical Vignettes
    • Innovations in Healthcare Delivery
    • Innovations in Medical Education
  1. Similar Interest Groups: Please identify other SGIM Interest Groups with similarly themed topics, should space limitations require the combination of two interest groups into one unified interest group session during the Annual Meeting.
  1. Scheduling Conflicts: The online submission process allows submitting authors to identify one or two other SGIM Interest Groups with which scheduling conflicts should be avoided. Every effort will be made to accommodate these scheduling requests, but the Program Committee determines the final schedule. Do not enter more than one interest group in the two text fields available to you during this step of the online submission.

Scheduling

Interest Group Scheduling

The Program Committee will attempt to accommodate as many networking interest groups as possible. However, due to scheduling and space considerations, not all networking interest groups may be accommodated

  • Scheduling: Interest group meetings will be scheduled on Thursday and Friday during breakfast or lunchtime sessions. Scheduling is rotated each year so no interest group is assigned to the same schedule each year.
  • Interest Group Venues: For the 2019 Annual Meeting, in order to accommodate as many groups as possible, networking interest group sessions will be scheduled in one of several formats:
    • A. Standard Meeting Room Spaces
      B. Themed tabletop conversations depending on pre-registration numbers or historical attendance
      C. Meeting spaces that are shared in common with other networking interest groups (as described below)
  • Combining Interest Groups:Upon review of all interest group submissions, the Program Committee may request, at their discretion, certain interest groups with similarly themed topics combine into one unified interest group session during the annual meeting. The online submission process allows submitting authors to identify one or two other SGIM Networking Interest Groups with which they would consider combining. Every effort will be made to accommodate these scheduling requests, but the Program Committee determines the final schedule.
  • Poster Walk and Talk Option:For the 2019 Annual Meeting, this additional networking opportunity will be offered to interest groups. If your interest group is interested in hosting a poster walk-and-talk, the online submission form will include a section to indicate that preference. Selection of the poster walk-and-talk option will not affect scheduling of your networking interest group time, but it will allow for additional time to be set aside for networking and poster discussion during one of the poster sessions. The poster walk-and-talk option will be offered to those who indicate interest during the online submission process, and at the discretion of the program committee in discussion with the networking interest group coordinator.


Scheduling Conflicts: The online submission process allows submitting authors to identify one or two other SGIM Interest Groups with which scheduling conflicts should be avoided. Every effort will be made to accommodate these scheduling requests, but the Program Committee determines the final schedule. Do not enter more than one interest group in the two text fields available to you during this step of the online submission.


Online Communities

GIM Connect Interest Groups

Many Interest Groups have established online communities on GIM Connect. Interest group communities on GIM Connect are open to all SGIM Members. Before submitting, please view currently active interest groups on GIM Connect that may be of similar nature.

Join/View Interest Groups

  1. Login to Connect.SGIM.org
  2. Click on Communities to see the list of interest group online communities you can join.

Questions? Contact connect@sgim.org