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Internal Medicine 2014 Presents Latest Prevention and Treatment Information for Adult and Adolescent Health Care

Nation's largest annual gathering of internal medicine doctors also features Patient Empowerment Expo hosted by ACP and Consumer Reports

More than 6,000 internal medicine physicians, subspecialists, medical students, and allied health professionals from around the world will gather in Orlando for Internal Medicine 2014, the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Physicians (ACP), April 10 - 12 (Thursday - Saturday), at the Orange County Convention Center. More than 200 sessions cover a broad array of clinical topics and health care policy issues, including:

  • allergy
  • cancer screening
  • cardiology
  • dermatology
  • diabetes
  • end-of-life care
  • endocrinology
  • ethics
  • gastroenterology
  • geriatrics
  • hematology
  • immunology
  • infectious diseases
  • neurology
  • oncology
  • psychiatry
  • public policy
  • pulmonology
  • rheumatology
  • substance abuse
  • women's health

Internal Medicine 2014 also features sessions that look at patient care through different lenses, such as "History of Medical Care through 100 Great Art Works" and "Guidelines or Constitution?: A Vignette from 19th-Century Medical Practice."

For the second consecutive year, ACP is partnering with Consumer Reports to hold a Patient Empowerment Expo. The Orlando area public is invited to come to the Hyatt Regency in Orlando on Saturday, April 12 from 8:00 a.m. to noon to learn about recommended screening tests, medical mistakes to avoid, and how to get the best value for your health care dollar.

"The Expo is part of ACP's High Value Care initiative, which includes helping patients become savvy consumers of what is necessary, beneficial preventive care and what might be unnecessary or even harmful testing," said Molly Cooke, MD, FACP, who is completing her one-year term as ACP's president.

Internal Medicine 2014 includes national abstract competitions for medical students and associate members. Finalists will compete onsite in four categories: Clinical Vignette, Basic Research, Clinical Research, Quality Improvement - Patient Safety. Oral presentations take place on April 11 and 12. Winners of the poster competitions will be announced on April 12 at 6:30 p.m.

On April 12 at 5:15 p.m., Internal Medicine 2014 Highlights and the final round of Doctor's Dilemma take place. Clinician-educators will share what they think are Internal Medicine 2014'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. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Doctor's Dilemma. The competition was the idea of ACP's Florida chapter in 1994.

During Internal Medicine 2014, David Fleming, MD, FACP, will become president of ACP and Robert Centor, MD, FACP will become chair of ACP's Board of Regents. Both terms are for one year.

Additional Resources for Reporters

The Internal Medicine 2014 Twitter hashtag is #im2014.

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 137,000 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. Follow ACP on Twitter and Facebook.

Media Contacts:
Steve Majewski, (215) 351 2514, smajewski@acponline.org
Laura Baldwin, (215) 351 2668, lbaldwin@acponline.org

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