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Legislators learn from CMS mini-internships

Shadowing physicians gives insight into the issues

The CMS Mini-internship Program matched State Rep. Joseph Lyons with Jose Elizondo, MD, and Elizabeth Feldman, MD, for a day of “training” at the Amundsen School-Based Health Center, a partnership between Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and Amundsen High School.

Both physicians told Representative Lyons about the effects of legislation on both the Center and on doctors in general, as well as the successes and barriers they experience.  They offered a comprehensive view of school-based health care as Representative Lyons met with medical staff, school leaders, and student groups.

Activities also included a tour, precept session, and one-on-one meetings with school representatives.

In another recent Mini-internship, State Rep. Louis Lang shadowed Jose Velasco, MD, at Rush North Shore Medical Center.  The day included a tour of the surgery department, a laparoscopic gastrectomy and cholecystectomy, and a second tour featuring other hospital departments.

“Our program provides a unique platform for CMS members to address health care issues and provide legislators and civic leaders new perspectives within the health care system,” said CMS President Thomas M. Anderson, MD.  “The program opens opportunities to create a future physician resource for the legislators and civic leaders on health policy issues, helping to set the stage for a healthier tomorrow.”

If you would like to participate in a Mini-Internship Program or would like more information, please contact Christine Fouts (312) 670-2550, ext. 326, or email

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