From the Editor

September 2021

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From the Editor Learn How to Do Nothing Tiffany I. Leung, MD, MPH, FACP, FAMIA, Editor in Chief, SGIM Forum Just after beginning summer vacation this July, I shared a story with my spouse I had not thought of in years. In high school, I was proud of serving as the Features section editor of the school newspaper—perhaps a foreshadowing of my present role—finding joy and laughter in the silly shenanigans of that age among journalistically inclined friends and classmates. One year, the school ...

August 2021

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From the Editor Finding Family in #MyFirstSGIM Tiffany I. Leung, MD, MPH, FACP, FAMIA, Editor in Chief, SGIM Forum One could say I was a late bloomer. When I think about #MyFirstSGIM , I am reminded of the period of my early career when I started to recognize the importance of finding a professional home. Before graduating residency, I had been gently encouraged to consider applying for a GIM fellowship, but at the time had not pursued it for personal reasons. I had been only one of two ...

July 2021

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From the Editor Start Your Engines! Tiffany I. Leung, MD, MPH, FACP, FAMIA, Editor in Chief, SGIM Forum In U.S. academic medicine, July is a vital time of transition, marked by caution and excitement, according to Monica Lypson, SGIM President. She reminds us that the so-called July Effect does not lead to poorer patient outcomes or errors. In fact, it is a time of renewal, restarting a cycle notable for learning, activation, and empowerment for individuals and academic medical centers engaged ...

June 2021

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From the Editor Practicing Multilingual Medicine Tiffany I. Leung, MD, MPH, FACP, FAMIA, Editor in Chief, SGIM Forum “Hoe kan ik u helpen?” I asked a Dutch physician communications teacher, playing the role of a patient. “How can I help you?” was one way I greeted patients in primary care practice. But her response communicated, “What do you mean?” Language translation is often fraught with such nuances where literal translation loses cultural context and leads to confusion or the wrong ...

May 2021

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From the Editor Publishing in SGIM Forum: Crediting Your Scholarly Work Maria G. Frank, MD, FACP; David Walsh, MD, FHM; Shanu Gupta, MD, FACP; Joseph Conigliaro, MD, MPH; Tiffany I. Leung, MD, MPH, FACP, FAMIA; and the SGIM Forum Associate Editors. Drs. Frank, Walsh, and Gupta are SGIM Forum Associate Editors. Dr. Conigliaro is immediate past Editor in Chief of SGIM Forum. Dr. Leung is current Editor in Chief of SGIM Forum. “Peer-reviewed or non-peer-reviewed? Indexed or non-indexed? Findable ...

April 2021

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From the Editor Keep Calm and Keep On Learning Tiffany I. Leung, MD, MPH, FACP, FAMIA, Editor in Chief, SGIM Forum I recently had the tedious administrative task of counting and collecting certificates for my continuing medical education (CME) hours for professional reporting purposes. Over time, a great deal of our work has come to count as CME: these include searching for point-of-care clinical information to support patient care decisions to routine professional activities, like reading ...

March 2021

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From the Editor Making Climate Commitments Tiffany I. Leung, MD, MPH, FACP, FAMIA, Editor in Chief, SGIM Forum Not long before writing this column, The Washington Post published an article noting that 2020 tied with 2016 as Earth’s hottest year. 1 This occurred even as U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 dropped by more than 10% during the year as a result of intermittent COVID-19-related lockdowns and its consequences, including, in part, more working from home, less car commuting, ...

February 2021

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From the Editor Physicians’ Identity Formation Tiffany I. Leung, MD, MPH, FACP, FAMIA, Editor in Chief, SGIM Forum At a panel session, I once introduced myself as an American-born Asian (Chinese) woman, whose pronouns are she/her, married, previously divorced, a wife, non-mother (so far, by choice), and a daughter of immigrants. I’m also an emigrant, having ventured elsewhere some years after my training. Last year’s events unearthed another aspect of identity that emerged into prominence ...

January 2021

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From the Editor Mangomoments, Double Taps, and Other New Year’s Resolutions Tiffany I. Leung, MD, MPH, FACP, FAMIA, Editor in Chief, SGIM Forum Welcome to 2021! Although we are not celebrating a miraculous, groundbreaking transition into the New Year, this transition from 2020 nevertheless offers us the promise of a renewed beginning. This year, we can look towards the bright spots of a COVID-19 vaccine, a refreshed presidential administration, and our continued dedication to SGIM’s vision ...

December 2020

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From the Editor The Only Constant Is Change Tiffany I. Leung, MD, MPH, FACP, FAMIA, Editor in Chief, SGIM Forum The year 2020 will be unforgettable in many ways. In this final Forum issue of 2020, we reflect on numerous national and global shifts and upheavals. At the time of this writing, various countries still address a prolonged first wave of COVID-19 cases while other regions, like Europe, are in their second wave, and the United States, in its third. If there are any silver linings ...

November 2020

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From the Editor Affirmations for Change Tiffany I. Leung, MD, MPH, FACP, FAMIA, Editor in Chief, SGIM Forum “Your voice is kind and you seem really knowledgeable,” said a patient during a recent video visit for routine care. I felt like I was just doing my job, so his comment struck me as gratuitous; yet, it also affirmed the importance of clear communication by healthcare professionals at an individual level and more broadly. This year, we have experienced significant changes in our global ...

October 2020

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From the Editor Leadership—Big and Small Tiffany I. Leung, MD, MPH, FACP, FAMIA, Editor in Chief, SGIM Forum The interconnected leader sees [theirself] as the generator of impulses into an interconnected system to realize the purpose of the organization —Dalai Lama & Laurens van den Muyzenberg, The Leader’s Way Reflecting on global events and the continuing work of SGIM members to address our ongoing health disparities and challenges, I see the creativity and impact of our long-established ...

September 2020

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From the Editor Looking in the Mirror Tiffany I. Leung, MD, MPH, FACP, FAMIA, Editor in Chief, SGIM Forum Racism is a public health emergency As this year’s events continue to unfold, a pandemic crashed into and forced wide open the deep and long festering wounds of our country’s racist history, policies, and systems. As anti-racism demonstrations spread across the country and the world, doctors, clinicians, and community advocates had already been speaking out advocating for our most ...

August 2020

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From the Editor Our 2020 “New Normal” Tiffany I. Leung, MD, MPH, FACP, FAMIA, Editor in Chief, SGIM Forum This has been a year of tumultuous and painful change. Headlines, social media, and other platforms constantly remind us of the societal drive towards a “new normal.” During this tumultuous time, I receive the metaphorical gavel as incoming Editor-in-Chief of SGIM Forum from Joseph Conigliaro, MD, MPH, with deep gratitude and sense of duty to amplify the diverse and powerful voices ...

July 2020

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From the Editor Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Joseph Conigliaro, MD, MPH, Editor in Chief, SGIM Forum You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So... get on your way! —Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Thirty-three years ago, this past June, I graduated medical school. I was the first and only child of eight siblings to attend college and one of only two physicians in my family. I started residency knowing that I wanted to do academic general ...

COVID-19 2020

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From the Editor A Change Is Gonna Come Francine Jetton, MA Ms. Jetton ( jettonf@sgim.org ) is the director of communication & publications at the Society of General Internal Medicine. Those words hung in the air over the video call. It’s not like I wasn’t expecting it; I knew it was coming, having been part of SGIM’s COVID-19 response team that had met daily for the past two weeks. The night before, the CDC had banned group meetings of more than 50 people. Birmingham, Alabama, ...

June 2020

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From the Editor You Can’t Go Home Again Joseph Conigliaro, MD, MPH, Editor in Chief, SGIM Forum “When things are at their worst is when you will see the good, the bad, and the ugly. Where people are under pressure you see like the true essence will come out and some people will break your heart, people who you expected to react differently will just break your heart and disappoint you but then other people who you expected nothing from will show you a strength and a resilience that just ...

May 2020

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FROM THE EDITOR Nessun Dorma! Joseph Conigliaro, MD, MPH, Editor in Chief, SGIM Forum Nobody shall sleep!... Nobody shall sleep! Even you, oh Princess, in your cold room, watch the stars, that tremble with love and with hope. But my secret is hidden within me, my name no one shall know... No!...No!... On your mouth, I will tell it when the light shines. And my kiss will dissolve the silence that makes you mine!... (No one will know his name and we must, alas, die.) Vanish, ...

April 2020

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From the Editor Photographs Joseph Conigliaro, MD, MPH, Editor in Chief, SGIM Forum We keep this love in a photograph We made these memories for ourselves Where our eyes are never closing Hearts are never broken And time’s forever frozen still. . . — Photograph by Ed Sheeran — Giuseppe Conigliaro, Porto Empedocle, Sicily, circa 1962 I recently needed to go through hundreds of family photographs, some going as far back as the last 70 years. It was both sad ...

March 2020

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From the Editor Too Smart for Your Own Good Joseph Conigliaro, MD, MPH, Editor in Chief, SGIM Forum When did you get so clever? When I realized I wasn’t as clever as I thought. —John Connolly, The Infernals I recently spoke to a potential recruit for a faculty position in one of our academic practices. Although predominantly a clinical position, there was also the opportunity to precept residents and teach medical students. This particular applicant was one year out of ...

February 2020

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From the Editor A Day in the Life Joseph Conigliaro, MD, MPH, Editor in Chief, SGIM Forum ... the newspapers of Utopia, he had long ago decided, would be terribly dull. —Arthur C. Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey I get my news from a smattering of sources but mostly from lead stories curated on Google’s news feed. I try to be selective and cognizant of the source of information and to include stories from legitimate sources that do not necessarily share the same views as me. ...

January 2020

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR CORRECTING THE RECORD ON MEDICARE FOR ALL David U. Himmelstein, MD Dr. Himmelstein (dhimmels@hunter.cuny.edu) is a distinguished professor at the City University of New York at Hunter College and Lecturer in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Block and Bedell’s description of Medicare for All in the September 2019 SGIM Forum includes some important oversights, errors, and misconceptions.1 They ignore the well-documented savings on administrative costs in hospitals ...
From the Editor Happy New Year! Joseph Conigliaro, MD, MPH, Editor in Chief, SGIM Forum As we enter 2020, SGIM Forum continues to present a varied and outstanding collection of articles relevant to general internists whether they be clinicians, educators, researchers, or any combination. Eric Rosenberg starts us off with highlights of the upcoming national meeting in Birmingham. It’s a testimony to the hard work and ingenuity of the program Chairs and Planning Committee to consistently ...

Forum Editor

profile_LeungTiffany.jpgTiffany Leung, MD, MPH, Editor in Chief

Welcome to the SGIM Forum, the official newsletter of the Society of General Internal Medicine!

Forum offers articles, essays, thought pieces and editorials that reflect on health care trends, report on Society activities, and explore important issues for general internists in U.S. healthcare and globally.

The content published in Forum is an avenue for both creative and scholarly expression, created by and for SGIM members. The landscape of healthcare is evolving with the times, and our global communities are shifting in ways like never before in response to emerging diseases, rapid dissemination of knowledge and innovations, and amplified calls to counter disinformation and to take a stand for universal human values, justice, and equality.

Academic GIM, our patients, our learners, and society are adapting with the times, and the SGIM community’s values offer clear pathways forward. From advancing the latest medical science, partnering with and advocating for vulnerable and marginalized communities, designing and researching health service innovations, reducing administrative burdens in innovative ways, improving patient-physician-care team communication, embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion among our patient and professional communities -- and so much more! -- we are one cohesive voice for the values of the SGIM community.

I encourage you to contact me with ideas and comments on Forum content at Editor.SocietyGIMForum@gmail.com.

Forum is dedicated to serving the needs of its members by engaging in thoughtful debates, sharing clearly articulated perspectives, and presenting innovations in research, education, advocacy, and clinical practice. The collective experiences of the clinicians, educators and researchers in the Society, as well as the consistent commitment of the Society to patients, will serve us well as we navigate our constantly changing and dynamic times.

Thank you for your contributions to Forum, which keep our collective values as general internists vibrant and growth-oriented. You are our cohesive and powerful voice for the Society’s membership. Let’s act together and as allies and advocates for each other and our patients alike! Please join us as we amplify our community’s voice and values on the local, regional, and global stages.

With kindest regards,

Tiffany I. Leung, MD, MPH, FACP, FAMIA

Forum is always looking for contributors and associate editors. To submit articles/artwork to SGIM Forum, or to apply to be an Associate Editor, contact Editor-in-Chief, Tiffany I. Leung, at Editor.SocietyGIMForum@gmail.com.