We are excited to be the chairs for the 2023 SGIM Annual Meeting to be held May 10-13, 2023, at the Gaylord Rockies Resort in Aurora, Colorado. When we look back at notes from our first meetings where we crafted the meeting theme, some phrases we wrote down stand out:
- “Our world has fundamentally changed”;
- “Generalists need to take a leadership role in innovation in research, education, and clinical practice”; and
- “The opportunities ahead of us are vast.”
From these phrases emerged our meeting theme: “General Internal Medicine: Meeting the Promise of Tomorrow.”
The theme acknowledges that we need to lead at the same time we navigate the rapid changes in how we prepare trainees, care for patients, and gather, translate, and implement the evidence that informs patient care and education. Our theme is a rally for members to highlight all the challenges the past two and half years have brought into stark relief, including mistrust of the medical and public health community, racial injustice, a rapidly changing political landscape, and changes to our climate and environment. Our theme is a call for members to explore, propose, and implement solutions that will forge a future where everyone achieves better health.
The annual meeting program committee is hard at work structuring an inspiring meeting that will nurture a spirit of innovation. Our plenary speakers will each focus on key mission areas of medical education, research, and patient care/public health. For the first time, two speakers will kick-off our opening plenary—Drs. Reza Manesh and Rabih Geha, co-founders of the Clinical Problem Solvers—by discussing innovative ways to educate and inspire learners to find joy and fulfillment in their careers. Our Malcom L. Peterson lecturer is Dr. Nakela L. Cook, Executive Director of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), who will discuss lessons learned from engaging patients, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders at one of the nation’s largest public health research funders.
We will keep prior innovations, such as the POCUS pre-course, Distinguished Professor poster walk and talks, Clinical Problem Solvers and Curbsiders podcasts, and trivia night. In addition, we added new features to this year’s meeting, including a Mary Horn Oral abstract session, physicians in government careers mentoring panel, and an SGIM community discussion. The Mary Horn Oral abstract session will highlight abstracts that embody the values of the Mary Horn Award program that promotes a healthy balance between personal and professional responsibilities. The physicians in government careers mentoring panel will include Dr. Nakela L. Cook as well as SGIM members who have held roles in local and federal government. Our SGIM community discussion will be facilitated by our president, LeRoi Hicks, and will include a panel of SGIM members. We will discuss how SGIM can best support our members who live and work in states whose policies run counter to their own and SGIM’s core values.
We are grateful to our program committee members as well as all of you who have already submitted your work for consideration or volunteered to serve as a peer reviewer. Our special symposia, VA special series workshops, clinical updates, and interest groups have been selected. Submissions are now open for scientific abstracts, clinical vignettes, and innovations in medical education and healthcare delivery. The submission and review periods for scientific abstracts, clinical vignettes, and innovations in medical education and healthcare delivery is earlier this year than in past years. The submission deadline is now December 19, 2022, and the peer-review period will occur from January 3-17, 2023. This change will allow SGIM members and staff an opportunity spend uninterrupted time with their families and friends over the winter break.
To those of you who have not done so, we ask you to submit your scientific abstracts, clinical vignettes, and innovations in medical education and healthcare delivery and/or to volunteer as a peer reviewer. Our SGIM meeting is most vibrant when all members of our society participate.
Please join us at the Gaylord Rockies Resort in Aurora, Colorado, from May 10-13, 2023, as we push the frontiers of general internal medicine. The resort stands at the edge of the Front Range offering numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation while still being near the vibrant city of Denver. We encourage you to register and reserve your hotel room early—reservations can be altered if your plans change. Early meeting registration opens on November 30, 2022—be sure to register before March 14, 2023, when standard registration rates go into effect. We invite you to partner with us as change agents crafting a vision for the future of health care. Join us in meeting the promise of tomorrow!