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Annals of Internal Medicine and American College of Physicians Announce 2014 Recipients of Junior Investigator Recognition Award

Orlando, Fla., April 11, 2014 — Annals of Internal Medicine and the American College of Physicians (ACP) will honor Phillip O. Coffin, MD, MIA and Noah McKittrick, MD with Junior Investigator Recognition Awards at Internal Medicine 2014, the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Coffin and Dr. McKittrick will be on site in Orlando on Friday, April 11 to present their winning research.

Now in its fourth year, Annals' Junior Investigator Recognition Awards are presented annually to two early career 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. Coffin is Director of Substance Use Research at the San Francisco Department of Public Health and Assistant Clinical Professor in the HIV/AIDS Division at the University of California San Francisco. He is being recognized for an article he authored within three years of completing his training. "Cost-Effectiveness of Distributing Naloxone to Heroin Users for Lay Overdose Reversal" was published in the January 1, 2013 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine (http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1487798&resultClick=3). His research showed that distributing naloxone to heroin users to use to reverse overdose is a cost-effective strategy to reduce overdose-related mortality.

Dr. McKittrick is completing his residency in Internal Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Later this year, Dr. McKittrick will begin a fellowship in Infections Disease at Stanford University. He is being recognized for an article he authored while in training. "Improved Immunogenicity with High-Dose Seasonal Influenza Vaccine in HIV-Infected Persons" was also published in the January 1, 2013 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine (http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1487780&resultClick=3). His research showed that administering a quadruple dose of seasonal flu vaccine may help better protect HIV-infected patients from serious illness or death from influenza.

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 the American College of Physicians' Education and Publication Committee.

Contact:
Angela Collom, (215) 351-2653, acollom@acponline.org