Get to Know NEOMED’s Student Interest Group in Medical Education

Training to become a physician comes with endless specialty options, including opening the door to medical education for those who find themselves tutoring and mentoring others. NEOMED’s Student Interest Group in Medical Education is working to prepare students for any of these opportunities. Take Elisabeth Young, M.D. (’85), for example: She’s a physician and dean of the College of Medicine.

Saima Wase, a rising second-year College of Medicine student and SIGME president, talks about the interest group.

Tell us about SIGME.

SW: A few students started SIGME in Fall 2018. It was created to introduce medical education as a career path. Some career paths for medical students may include becoming a dean, residency program director, professor and so on. As an incoming M1, I thought that this club had something unique to offer.

Is it too early to start considering a career in medical education?

SW: Never! SIGME provides an opportunity for students to explore teaching at the various stages of their medical career. We hold speaker events, lectures and workshops that allow students to learn about and engage with advances in medical education. We also have community service opportunities where members can tutor high school and college students to learn how to become better educators.

Tell us why you encourage your peers to join SIGME.

SW: If students enjoy tutoring and are interested in working with the next generation of medical professionals, they should consider joining SIGME! This organization is built for you. I hope you'll join us for a great semester with SIGME in Fall 2019!

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