The aim of this new Interest Group is to gather a network of SGIM members who share fascination with the view of health and illness through an evolutionary lens. Through this lens, the very nature of questions one can ask shifts from proximate “what” questions about mechanism and development in individuals to evolutionary “why” questions about selection forces and phylogenetic development. Medicine is based on biology and biology is based on evolution but medical education and research rarely taps into the elegance and power of evolutionary principles. Please email Mark Schwartz at mark.schwartz3@va.gov with your interest so we can hit the ground running at the Annual Meeting in Miami..

The Society of General Internal Medicine was founded in 1978 by a national group of academic general internists committed to promoting research and education aimed at improving health care for the whole patient.  The organization has grown to nearly 3,000 members over three decades. Drawing upon their expertise and diverse experiences, our members are from the United States and eleven other countries, SGIM members have become leaders in the specialty of internal medicine.  The Society is dedicated to insuring that all adults receive high quality health care in the 21st century.  The broad expertise of our members in research, education, and clinical practice places SGIM and its members at the forefront of medicine.

SGIM 32nd Annual Meeting, May 13-16, 2009; Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida