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April 10, 2013 -- Annals of Internal Medicine and the
American College of Physicians (ACP) will honor Adrienne Allen, MD,
MPH and Matthew Spitzer, MD with the Junior Investigator
Recognition Awards at Internal Medicine 2013, the annual scientific
meeting of the American College of Physicians. Both honorees will
be on site in San Francisco on Saturday, April 13, to present their
Now in its third year, Annals' Junior Investigator
Recognition Awards are presented annually to two junior physicians.
Annals and ACP award the most outstanding article by a
first author who is in an internal medicine residency program or a
general medicine or internal medicine subspecialty fellowship
program. An award also is given for the most outstanding article
with a first author who is within three years of completing his or
her training in internal medicine or one of its subspecialties.
Dr. Allen, Associate Medical Director of Quality, Safety, and
Risk at North Shore Physicians Group at North Shore Physicians
Group in Boston, is being recognized for an article she authored
while in training. "Pharmacy Dispensing of Electronically
Discontinued Medications" was published in the November 20, 2012
issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. Her research
highlighted an important patient safety concern. More than 85,000
medications are discontinued each year by physicians. While
physicians may share this information with their patients, it is
not always shared with the pharmacists. The researchers found that
1.5 percent all off discontinued medications were refilled by the
pharmacy and that 12 percent of those refilled medications had the
potential to cause some degree of harm to the patients.
Dr. Spitzer, Endocrinology Fellow at Boston Medical Center, is
being recognized for an article he authored within three years of
completing his training. "Effects of Testosterone Replacement on
Response to Sildenafil Citrate in Men with Erectile Dysfunction: A
Randomized Controlled Trial" was also published in the November 20,
2012 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. The research
showed that men with erectile dysfunction and low testosterone
levels who received a replacement dose of testosterone with
sildenafil did not have greater improvement in erectile function
than men who received sildenafil plus placebo.
Winners are selected based on the article's novelty,
methodological rigor, clarity of presentation, and potential to
influence practice, policy, or future research. Judges include
Annals' editors and representatives from Annals'
Editorial Board and ACP's Education and Publication Committee.
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factor of 16.7. The journal has been published for 86 years. It
accepts only 7 percent of the original research studies submitted
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medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician
group in the United States. ACP members include 133,000 internal
medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and
medical students. Internal medicine physicians are specialists who
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