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Education News: New Leadership for the Internal Medicine Clerkship

The Weill Department of Medicine is pleased to announce that Dr. Aram Kim and Dr. Michael Torres-Lizardi have been appointed Associate Clerkship Directors for the Internal Medicine Clerkship. They will join Dr. Ernie Esquivel, who continues as the Clerkship Director in creating and administrating an educational and innovative curriculum which provides the essential framework for students as they advance in their careers in medicine.

Dr. Aram Annie Kim

Dr. Kim is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine. She obtained her M.D. from Washington University in St. Louis and completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at New York University/Bellevue. Upon graduation, Dr. Kim joined the faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine in 2017 as a member of the Clinical Scholars Program and working as a hospitalist. Her interests in medical education run through both UME and GME with a particular focus on feedback.

Dr. Michael Torres-Lizardi

Dr. Torres is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine. He obtained his M.D. from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and completed his residency training at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Torres joined the faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine in 2018 and has been working with the medical students in all aspects of the clerkship since his arrival. He has a particular interest in using and teaching Point of Care Ultrasound as an adjunct to the physical exam in the diagnosis and management of patients.

Dr. Ernie Esquivel

Dr. Esquivel will continue to serve as clerkship director, but has also been appointed to Associate Vice Chair for Education in the Weill Department of Medicine. He obtained his M.D. from the University of Virginia and completed his residency training and a Chief Residency at the University of Rochester Primary Care Program. Subsequently, he completed a Nephrology Fellowship at Yale University. Dr. Esquivel joined the faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine in 2010 and served first as Associate Clerkship Director before becoming Clerkship Director in 2014. He currently serves on the Council of Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine and is obtaining his Master’s in Health Professions Education from the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Esquivel is focused on creating novel educational programming that promotes Internal Medicine as a career, and he is invested in faculty development of teaching and curriculum building.