House Staff Forum representatives convened on Tuesday, August 14 for the GMEC subcommittee’s first meeting of the 2018-2019 academic year. The Forum provides a venue for residents and fellows at IU School of Medicine to discuss topics that affect residents’ and fellows’ experiences in the course of their GME training. Though most trainees met in person at the Indianapolis campus, the Forum welcomed its first trainee representative of the new Lafayette-based Arnett Family Medicine residency program.
See below for notable highlights from the meeting along with photos of our subcommittees in action.
House Staff Forum Leadership Series
Faculty Advisor Christen Dilly, MAED, MD, previewed a yearlong leadership series to be offered at upcoming meetings. This series will include sessions on topics such as emotional intelligence, negotiation, managing from the middle, and business communication in order to help House Staff Forum reps to grow as leaders both in their roles on the Forum and beyond.
House Staff Forum Chair Kristen Ameel, MD, welcomed attendees and described opportunities for leadership available to representatives within House Staff Forum as well as on GMEC subcommittees for Policies and Procedures, Annual Program Evaluations, and Special Reviews.
Senior Associate Dean for GME and CME and Designated Institutional Official (DIO) for IU School of Medicine Michelle Howenstine, MD, welcomed representatives and shared GME updates. Dr. Howenstine requested trainee input regarding procedures and expectations related to accessing the electronic medical record (EMR). She also shared ideas about how to make IU School of Medicine benefits and resource information accessible to not only residents and fellows but their friends and family members as well.
Four House Staff Forum subcommittees (Service vs. Education, Residents as Teachers, Community Service, and Wellness) met to set goals for the 2018-2019 academic year. These subcommittees will continue to work throughout the year at the Forum’s five upcoming meetings as well as independently in order to address topics with significant impacts on the training experiences of residents and fellows at IU School of Medicine.
The next House Staff Forum meeting will be held Tuesday, October 3. Trainees should contact their program’s representative with any questions about the Forum, including this meeting’s highlights, or with any topic recommendations for future discussion.