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Welcome from the Chair of the Council of Student Members

As the Chair for the ACP Council of Student Members (CSM), I am very proud of the emphasis the College places on us, the medical students. The CSM was established specifically to serve the needs and represent the interests of medical students. As such, I encourage you to communicate with us regularly. We want to hear your stories, successes, needs, ideas, and passions. The CSM meets regularly to discuss issues of particular importance to us as medical students and communicate them to ACP leadership and governance committees. Your input and feedback are essential to CSM’s mission to enrich your medical school experience and empower you to thrive in your endeavors.

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Medical Student Perspectives: 4 Tips to Maintaining Happiness and Sanity in Medical School

Most of us have heard the horror stories of medical school. Walking through the lecture hall, I heard bits and pieces of conversations: "I only sleep three hours a night." "I haven't been to the gym in months." "I've been living off of frozen meals and canned soup." For as long as I can remember, medical school has been associated with losing control of one's personal life and forgoing essential needs for the sake of studying. Although these experiences may be true (or slightly exaggerated), I'm here to say that it is possible to maintain your happiness and sanity while also achieving greatness in the classroom. In fact, I believe that I have become a better person—mentally, physically, and spiritually—during the time spent in medical school. From the first day, I set a few rules that I now follow every day. They are simple and easy and have helped me maintain a balance between studying and my personal life and well-being.

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My Kind of Medicine: Real Lives of Practicing Internists: Bernard M. Karnath, MD, FACP

Dr. Karnath says he chose internal medicine because of the instructors he had during his internal medicine clerkship at UTMB. “The faculty were outstanding role models and excellent teachers,” he says, “They inspired me to go into academic medicine.” In addition to his mentors, Dr. Karnath says it was the patient-physician relationship that drew him to primary care.

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Analyzing Annals: Business and Ethics in Medical Research: Are Human Genes Patentable?

Read the article "Are Human Genes Patentable?" on annals.org and consider the following questions...

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IMIG Update: Be Successful! Student Leader Orientation Webinar

Participate in the upcoming Internal Medicine Interest Group Leader Orientation Webinar, hosted by the Council of Student Members (CSM). The webinar will be held on Thursday, September 26, 2013 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

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Advocacy Update: Health Policy Internship

Read about Eugene Shenderov, MD, PhD's experience as an ACP Health Policy Intern and how you can apply for the 2014 ACP Health Policy Internship Program.

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Winning Abstracts from the 2013 Medical Student Abstract Competition: Successful treatment of Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis with Selective Brain Hypothermia during Whole Lung Lavage

Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP) is a rare disorder characterized by the accumulation of surfactant lipids and protein in the alveolar spaces, with resultant impairment in gas exchange. The only known treatment is whole lung lavage (WLL), which is an instillation of normal saline solution to the lung to drain proteinaceous material.

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Subspecialty Careers: Transplant Hepatology

Transplant Hepatology training involves one year of additional clinical training after completion of both residency in internal medicine and fellowship training in gastroenterology.

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In the Clinic: Alcohol Use
In the Clinic

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) estimates that the prevalence of alcohol dependence in the United States is 5%, but up to 3 of every 10 adults drink alcohol at levels associated with adverse health and social consequences (1). Physicians play an important role in recognizing alcohol misuse, managing its medical complications,and helping patients change their behavior.Unfortunately, clinicians provide recommended alcohol-related screening and intervention for eligible patients only about 10% of the time (2).

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In the Clinic is a monthly feature in Annals of Internal Medicine that focuses on practical management of patients with common clinical conditions. It offers evidence-based answers to frequently asked questions about screening, prevention, diagnosis, therapy, and patient education and provides physicians with tools to improve the quality of care. Many internal medicine clerkship directors recommend this series of articles for students on the internal medicine ambulatory rotation.

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Highlights from ACP Internist® & ACP Hospitalist®

Can women have it all? Successfully balancing family and a hospital medicine career
Hospitalist moms offer advice and anecdotes on how they achieved balance without feeling like they gave up too much in their career or family life.

Q&A with Vineet M. Arora, MD, FACP, on evaluating handoffs
Learning how to receive a handoff is as important as learning to how to send one.

Risk Prediction: Predicting mortality
Models to determine inpatients' death risk are under development. Algorithms could be used in assessing safety and quality of care.

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Students: Join ACP for Free

Benefits of Membership for Students: ACP's free Medical Student Membership includes benefits designed especially to meet students' needs.

Join Now: Sign-up today and begin enjoying the benefits of ACP Medical Student Membership.

MKSAP for Students 5 Book

MKSAP for Students 5 BookSupplement your learning and reinforce key concepts with the fully revised and updated MKSAP for Students 5! This fully revised and updated edition features over 450 new multiple choice questions, with critiques and key points, updated references, lave values in both standard US and SI units, and much more. To further enrich your learning, it is also fully integrated with the new edition of Internal Medicine Essentials for Students. Learn more.

Find a Residency

Search ACP's Internal Medicine Residency Database for information on all internal medicine residency programs in the U.S. and Canada. (ACP Members only)

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Have questions about the new ABIM MOC Program?

Have questions about the new ABIM MOC Program?

ACP explains the ABIM requirements and offers many free solutions to earn MOC points.

One Click to Confidence - Free to members

One Click to Confidence - Free to members ACP Smart Medicine is a new, online clinical decision support tool specifically for internal medicine. Get rapid point-of-care access to evidence-based clinical recommendations and guidelines. Plus, users can easily earn CME credit. Learn more