Celebrating Those Who Match into Internal Medicine and SOIMA Updates

At Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, the passionate faculty within the Internal Medicine department put out an entire smoked brisket spread, complete with all the tasty sides, for the graduating students that matched into Internal Medicine. This tradition is supported by the faculty who are passionate about celebrating and encouraging their future colleagues.

A Medical Student’s Experience at the AACOM’s Educating Leaders 2023 and Why It is Important to Attend Conferences

From April 26 to April 28, 2023, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) celebrated its 125th anniversary at the Educating Leaders 2023 (EL23) conference in Baltimore, MD. EL23 was my first ever in-person conference, but it will not be my last.

Dr. Troy L. Randle Hasn’t Let Life’s Challenges Uproot Him

The old saying, where there’s a will, there’s a way isn’t just a saying for Troy L. Randle, DO, FACOI, FACC, MBA.

ACOI’s History Captured Thanks to Kevin Hubbard, DO, MACOI

Kevin P. Hubbard, DO, MACOI, is the name on the cover of the ACOI history book, A History of Osteopathic Internal Medicine – Celebrating the ACOI’s First 75 Years. Yet he’s not comfortable calling himself its creator.   “I really don't consider myself the author of the book. I'm more of the scribe. I was just the person who wrote down the things that had happened. The history was made by the people that the book talks about,” he says.   

March Advocacy Updates

Needed MVP Improvements Outlined in Letter to CMS 

Some specialties have a new voluntary way to meet Merit-based Incentive Payment System (

A Letter from the SOIMA Officers

Get to know this year's SOIMA Officers and learn their version of SBAR, an efficient communication tool developed by the US Navy and adopted by many healthcare systems.

Brysen Keith, DO, PGYII, Shares His Experiences and Gives Advice to Residents 

Dr. Brysen Keith is a PGYII at Miami’s Jackson Memorial Health Center. While he is someone who fits the mold of “taking the road less traveled,” that is the only mold he fits.

Reflections During Black History Month

Dr. Watson Ducatel reflects on the origins of his current circumstance, from 1619 through to his birth in 1984.

Physicians who Understand the Black Experience Help Black Patients Gain Trust

At first glance when you look at the photo that Arthur Bouier, DO, MACOI, posted on Facebook with Mrs. Woodard, his 101-year-old patient, you may just see two happy faces. Upon further inspection, it is obvious that one is a physician and the other likely a patient. Delving even further, it becomes evident that the photo is evidence of what good care looks like.  

ACOI’s Comments Submitted on Prior Authorization Proposed Rule

ACOI has submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the prior authorization proposed rule.

ACOI Joins in Call for Congress to Reform Medicare Payment System

ACOI recently joined numerous medical societies in sending a letter to all Senate and House lawmakers asking for congressional hearings and collaboration with stakeholders to explore long-term solutions to the broken Medicare physician payment system. 

ACOI in 2023

ACOI President, Joanne Kaiser-Smith, DO, FACOI, on what to expect in the coming year. 

Stay True to Why You Pursued Medicine.