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From HIV treatment to disaster management to medical ethics, Internal Medicine 2013 in San Francisco presents plentiful story opportunities

Nation’s largest annual gathering of doctors for adults offers the latest prevention, treatment, and practice advice for adult and adolescent health care

More than 6,000 internal medicine physicians, subspecialists, medical students, and allied health professionals from around the world will meet in San Francisco for Internal Medicine 2013, the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Physicians (ACP), April 11 - 13 (Thursday - Saturday), at the Moscone Center.

Doctors of internal medicine, or internists, are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness.

Internal Medicine 2013 is full of story opportunities for health care journalists to report on more than 200 sessions that cover a broad array of clinical topics and health care policy issues. If you are looking for interesting stories about adult or adolescent health topics, don’t miss this chance to interview expert physician leaders from the largest medical specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the United States. Session topics for interesting story angles are below.

At the Opening Ceremony on April 11 at 9:30 a.m., Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD, MSC, FACP, Vice Provost for Global Initiatives and chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, will deliver the keynote address, "The Physician Responsibility to Lead on Implementing Health Care Reform."

ACP's annual scientific meeting includes national abstract competitions for medical students and associate members. Finalists will compete onsite in four categories: Clinical Vignette, Basic Research, Clinical Research, and Quality Improvement - Patient Safety. Oral presentations take place on April 12 and 13. Winners of the poster competitions will be announced on April 13 at 6:30 p.m.

On April 13 at 5:15 p.m., Internal Medicine 2013 Highlights and the final round of Doctor's Dilemma take place. Clinician-educators will share what they think are Internal Medicine 2013’s most important take-home messages. Then the “Final Four” teams remaining in the Doctor's Dilemma competition -- a fast-paced, Jeopardy-style medical knowledge competition among students and residents -- will face off in the championship round. The winning team takes home the Osler Cup -- ACP’s coveted trophy.

Sample Internal Medicine 2013 Topics
  • HIV Infection
  • Hospital HIV
  • What's New in Viral Hepatitis
  • Top Ten Medication Errors
  • Annals of Internal Medicine Articles that Should Change Practice: 2012-2013
  • Health Care Reform: What Now?
  • Health Care for the Hard to Reach and Underinsured
  • Hot Issues in Health Policy
  • Understanding Medical Decision
    Making in Diverse Cultures
  • Breast Cancer 2013
  • Atrial Fibrillation 2013
  • Antibiotic Resistance
  • ACOs and New Payment Models
  • Cardiac Murmurs: Benign or Serious?
  • Cardiovascular Risk Reduction:
    The Expert's Approach to Difficult Case
  • Celiac Disease
  • Chronic Coronary Artery Disease
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Current Clinical Guidelines
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Dietary Dilemmas in Hypertension and Drugs of Abuse
  • Evidence-Based Physical Diagnosis
  • Finding Meaning in EHR Meaningful Use in 2013
  • Disaster Management
  • Why Fukushima Happened
  • End-of-Life Care
  • Stewardship of Resources by Physicians: Ethical Challenges Role Play
  • High Value, Cost-Conscious Care
  • Choosing Wisely and Communicating Those Choices to Patients
  • Social Media and Online Professionalism
  • Engaging e-Patients in a Digital World
  • Privacy, Security, and Liability in a Digital Age
  • Ethics Year in Review
  • Protection of Medical Personnel in Armed Conflict and the Duty to Provide Care to All
  • Approach to Headache
  • Hereditary Cancer Syndrome
  • How Can We Make a Safer Hospital?
  • Hypertension 2013
  • Infection in the Traveler
  • Low Testosterone in Older Men
  • Obesity Management
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pneumonia
  • Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain
  • Prostate Cancer Screening and Treatment:
    The 2013 Perspective
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Urinary Incontinence
About the American College of Physicians The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 133,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness.
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