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Medical Student Perspectives: How relationships in medical school will make you a better doctor

On day one, you’re brimming with excitement, surrounded by a hundred plus classmates starting a similar journey, and can’t wait to meet your first patient. By day ninety, your eyes can’t stay open, classmates file into a dozen different study rooms after class, and the phone buzzes with a message reminding you to eat from your worried parents. Medical students often see some magnitude of this happening around them, or to them, and sometimes the transition is a silent one. Then, there comes the various approaches to transitioning to wards. Where do personal relationships fit in?

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My Kind of Medicine: Real Lives of Practicing Internists: Janice M. Barnhart, MD, MS, FACP

Efforts to resuscitate a seriously ill toddler had come to a near standstill in the emergency room at New York City’s Presbyterian Hospital when Dr. Janice Barnhart’s mother heard a female doctor burst into the emergency room shouting at staff, “Don’t stand there and let that baby die.” The unconscious toddler was the future Dr. Janice Barnhart. She had been rushed to the emergency room after swallowing white-coated pills that “looked like M & Ms candy.”

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Analyzing Annals: Video Learning: Perioperative Risk Assessment – The Consult Guys
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Watch a brief and entertaining TV talk-show-like discussion of perioperative cardiac risk assessment. Seasoned clinicians (and entertainers!) Geno Merli and Howard Weitz discuss the role of the medical consultant and pearls for evaluating who is and who is not at risk.

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IMIG Update: September Participation Report

See how your IMIG compares to clubs at other medical schools.

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Advocacy Update: 2014 ACP Health Policy Internship Program

Apply for the 2014 ACP Health Policy Internship Program.

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Winning Abstracts from the 2013 Medical Student Abstract Competition: The Relationship Between Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D And Peripheral Arterial Disease

Low serum 25(OH) D levels are associated with higher prevalence of peripheral arterial disease (PAD). It has been proposed that this inverse relationship is non-linear in that the association diminishes with rising 25(OH) D levels. To test this hypothesis, we examined the relationship between 25 (OH) D and PAD as measured by Ankle-Brachial index (ABI) in healthy adult US population.

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Subspecialty Careers: 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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In the Clinic: Insomnia
In the Clinic

People with insomnia have trouble falling or staying asleep, and the result is poor-quality sleep of insufficient duration. Insomnia is common, affecting 1 in 3 adults intermittently and 1 in 10 adults chronically, and can seriously affect wellbeing. It typically causes excessive daytime sleepiness, irritability, and lack of energy. Long-term insomnia may lead to depression, inattention, learning and memory problems, and job or school underperformance.

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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®

Keep up with vaccine recommendations
New vaccines and their recommendations have added complexity and made it tough to stay current. For patients, the extra costs can be prohibitive. Learn how to stay abreast of the requirements and engage patients on the issue.

Conference Coverage: Diabetes debates defy easy resolution
An ever-changing knowledge base without clear consensus makes diabetes management especially challenging.

Do your clothes matter? Experts debate the importance of looking sharp in the hospital
Some believe clothes can influence how a patient feels about a physician, while others believe communication style has far more sway.

Conference Coverage: Hospital Medicine 2013: Just don't do it
Expert explains things hospitalists do unnecessarily. Leonard Feldman, MD, FACP, takes a look at non-evidence-based medicine.

Pearls from an ID doc: Useful tips about Staphylococcus aureus, penicillin allergy
Expert also discusses Clostridium difficile, transesophageal echocardiography.

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MKSAP for Students 5 Digital

MKSAP for Students 5 BookEnsure your success on the IM Clerkship rotation and exams. Study the material recommended by the Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine and ACP with this integrated digital product. The full content of MKSAP for Students 5 and Internal Medicine Essentials for Students is presented on the product website, with links between questions and textbook. Questions can also be accessed through the new Osmosis medical app and website using a unique push-notification system. Learn more.

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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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MKSAP 16 Holiday Special: Save 10%

MKSAP 16 Holiday Special:  Save 10%

Use MKSAP 16® to earn MOC points, prepare for ABIM exams and assess your clinical knowledge. For a limited time save 10% when you use priority code MKPROMO! Order now.

Maintenance of Certification:

What if I Still Don't Know Where to Start?

Maintenance of Certification: What if I Still Don't Know Where to Start?

Because the rules are complex and may apply differently depending on when you last certified, ACP has developed a MOC Navigator. This FREE tool can help you understand the impact of MOC, review requirements, guide you in selecting ways to meet the requirements, show you how to enroll, and more. Start navigating now.