EM1911H "Personal Choice or Predestined? The road to specialty choice" (IM GR-110119)

The purpose of this presentation is to comprehensively review the data available regarding influences on career choice of Internal Medicine and its subspecialties. From the analysis, three guiding principles for optimal recruitment of future physicians and physician leaders will be discussed.
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Target Audience

UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, community physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • The learner will be able to recall historical trends in Internal Medicine (match rates, subspecialization, the advent of hospitalist medicine) and be able to discuss how these trends influenced the data published on career choice.
  • The learner will be able to describe how the interactions between all medical education learners impacts recruitment to Internal Medicine and its subspecialties.
  • The learner will be able to identify characteristics of individual learners that are associated with particular subspecialties of Internal Medicine.
Course summary
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Photo: Melanie Sulistio, M.D.Melanie Sulistio, M.D.
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine Division of Cardiology

Dr. Melanie S. Sulistio is an Associate Professor of Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center in the Division of Cardiology. Dr. Sulistio obtained her undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame du lac. She completed medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where she also completed her graduate training in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases. In 2009, Dr. Sulistio became faculty at UT Southwestern in the Division of Cardiology. In addition to practicing cardiology, she serves as one of the Associate Deans for Student Affairs and is also the Chair of the Alliance for Academic Medicine Residency to Fellowship Interface (RFIC) Subspecialty Choice Committee. Her national work also includes giving faculty development workshops on medical education and unconscious bias. Her clinical interests are shared decision making, goals of care, defibrillators and end of life, while her education interests include simulation, teaching electrocardiograms and cardiac physical examination, and researching gender differences in medical education.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA


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