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March 2010

Journal From Haiti: An Internistís Experience in Volunteerism By Howard W. Newell, MD, FACP

When choosing a specialty to pursue as a medical student, I selected internal medicine because of the diverse problems I would see and the interaction I would have with a variety of people. Indeed, I experience this each day as a practicing internist in North Carolina, where I also work weekly at a wound care center. Because of my background and interests, I had considered medical mission work in the past, and in January, I felt a strong desire to help those in need when the earthquake devastated Haiti.

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My Kind of Medicine: Real Lives of Practicing Internists: Michael D. Tracy, MD, FACP

The tailwater of the Shoshone River in Powell, Wyoming, is warm enough for fishing in winter months, and itís where you can find Michael Tracy, MD, FACP, about once a week from October to March. Fly fishing is his escape, a respite from his daily responsibilities, and he craves his regular outings. He doesnít take his cell phone onto the boat on purpose, because as a small town internist and pediatrician, it rings a lot.

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Internal Medicine Interest Group of the Month: A. T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona

In the short 18-month existence of the internal medicine interest group (IMIG) at A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA), the students have had a great opportunity to gain invaluable exposure to internal medicine prior to their clinical years.

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Winning Abstracts from the 2009 Medical Student Abstract Competition: Race and Health Care Professional Recommendations for Colorectal Cancer Screening

Colorectal cancer screening rates are lower for African Americans than Whites. It is not clear whether this difference is due to a disparity in patient-health care professional interactions. This study examined whether there is a racial difference in reporting a recommendation for colorectal cancer screening from a health care professional.

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Subspecialty Careers: Highlights about Careers in Internal Medicine: Sleep Medicine

Physicians who specialize in Sleep Medicine are trained to detect, treat, and prevent sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, snoring, insomnia, sleep walking, and jet lag.

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