February 2024

ACP IMpact


How, Where, and Why to Get Published

(from the January 2024 I.M. Matters from ACP)

Publishing can be an important tool for early career physicians to establish credibility, solidify an area of expertise, and lay the groundwork for future promotions. However, getting started can feel daunting for a younger physician who also may be launching a practice and taking on new management responsibilities. Get a head start and learn more about the publishing process by reading the full article.

I.M. Matters from ACP is ACP's member newspaper, providing news and information about the practice of medicine and reporting on the policies, products, and activities of ACP.

I.M. Internal Medicine

Spotlight: Leonidas Palaiodimos MD, MS, FACP

Read why Dr. Palaiodimos regards "I do not know" as an acceptable answer for medical students and practicing physicians.

Council of Student Members (CSM) Spotlight

Empowering Communities: The Role of Free Medical Clinics in the United States and the Contribution of Medical Students

Access to health care is a critical aspect of public well-being, yet a significant portion of the U.S. population faces barriers to obtaining medical services. The more than 1,400 free medical clinics and medical pharmacies play a vital role in addressing this issue by providing essential health care services to underserved communities.

Analyzing Annals

Controversies in Colorectal Cancer Screening

(from the January 2024 Annals for Educators)

Colorectal cancer screening recommendations vary around the globe and even among organizations within the United States. The differing recommendations cause confusion for clinicians and patients.

Annals for Educators is a Web Exclusives feature of Annals of Internal Medicine which includes activities using selected Annals articles to help medical educators in their teaching activities.

Winning Abstracts from the 2023 Abstracts Competition

To Bleed or Not to Bleed, That is DIC; A Closer Look at DIC in Metastatic Prostate Cancer Treated with Docetaxel

As the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, prostate cancer can progress to many disabling symptoms associated with disease progression. Unfortunately, it is estimated that there will be 268,490 new cases and 34,500 people will die of prostate cancer in 2022.

Want to have your abstract featured here? ACP holds a National Abstracts Competition as part of the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting every year. Find out more at ACP Online.

Subspecialty and Combined Training Careers

Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism

Endocrinology is the subspecialty of internal medicine that focuses on the diagnosis and care of disorders of the endocrine (glandular) system and the associated metabolic dysfunction.

See what makes internal medicine unique and all the career pathways open to internal medicine physicians.Be sure to also explore a day in the life of an IM specialist/subspecialist.

In the Clinic


Osteoporosis is a common systemic skeletal disorder resulting in bone fragility and increased fracture risk. However, management of osteoporosis and fracture prevention strategies are often not addressed by primary care clinicians, even in older patients with recent fractures.

In the Clinic is a feature of Annals of Internal Medicine which includes practical reviews about the management of common clinical conditions.

Get Involved

Be a Part of ACP Advocacy: Register for Leadership Day 2024

Registration is now open for ACP's annual national advocacy event on May 14–15 in Washington, DC! Help ACP increase its presence on Capitol Hill and advocate directly with Congress in support of legislation impacting internal medicine physicians and your patients. The event includes educational briefings, advocacy training, lively Q&A, and an opportunity to meet with your members of Congress. Leadership Day is an ACP member-exclusive event and free for ACP Medical Student Members and ACP Resident/Fellows-in-Training Members residing in the United States. Please reach out to your ACP chapter governor, before registering, as state chapters typically coordinate their delegations participating in Leadership Day. The deadline to register is Monday, April 15.

Internal Medicine Meeting 2024 News: Eric Topol, MD, MACP, to Deliver Keynote Address

ACP welcomes Eric Topol, MD, MACP, as the opening keynote speaker for Internal Medicine Meeting 2024. Dr. Topol, Professor and Executive Vice President of Scripps Research and Founder and Director of Scripps Research Translational Institute, will speak on "How A.I. Will Change Medicine" at the meeting's Opening Ceremony on Thursday, April 18.

The Opening Ceremony is open to all meeting attendees. Register and learn more about the 2024 meeting and Dr. Topol's contributions to the field of internal medicine.

IMIG Event Inspiration

Cardiology Skills Sessions

The internal medicine interest group at Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), Thunder Bay, organized an event in which first and second-year medical students were guided through several online small-group sessions focusing on a variety of cardiology topics and skills. Students cycled through the following stations: the approach to chest pain, how to read an ECG, cardiovascular pharmacology, advanced cardiac life support, and various modalities of cardiorespiratory imaging. The sessions were guided by a pharmacist, internal medicine residents, and physicians.

Access more IMIG resources on ACP Online.

Chapter Chatter

Expand Your Professional Network with ACP Local Chapter Opportunities

ACP chapters offer local programs and activities for medical students, such as scientific meetings and awards programs. Each chapter is uniquely tailored to the needs and interests of ACP members in that area. More importantly, chapters provide a professional home for medical students and offer opportunities for networking, leadership, and submitting abstracts. Visit your chapter website to learn more about upcoming events and opportunities to get involved.


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