Annals of Internal Medicine and American College of Physicians Announce Recipients of Junior Investigator Recognition Award (2012)

New Orleans, April 18, 2012 -- Annals of Internal Medicine and the American College of Physicians (ACP) will award Nak-Hyun Kim, MD and Benjamin J. Powers, MD, MHS with the Junior Investigator Recognition Award on Friday, April 20, at Internal Medicine 2012, ACP's annual scientific meeting, which takes place this year in New Orleans, LA. The honor is given to junior internal medicine physicians and investigators for original research and review articles published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

"As young researchers, Dr. Kim and Dr. Powers have published articles on clinical issues that affect many internists practicing medicine today," said Christine Laine, MD, MPH, FACP, editor-in-chief of Annals and Senior Vice President of ACP. "Their research is important because it will influence the way doctors care for their patients."

Now in its second year, Annals' Junior Investigator Recognition Awards are presented annually to two junior physicians. Annals and ACP give an award for 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. Powers will accept his award in person at the Internal Medicine 2012 meeting in New Orleans. He is Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Duke University Medical Center Department of Medicine in Durham, NC and a staff physician at the Durham Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center. He is being recognized for the article he authored within three years of completing his training. "Measuring Blood Pressure for Decision Making and Quality Reporting: Where and How Many Measures?" was published in the June 21, 2011 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Kim, a resident at Seoul National University College of Medicine in Seoul, Korea, is being honored for an article he authored while in training. "Effect of Routine Sterile Gloving on Contamination Rates in Blood Culture: A Cluster Randomized Trial" was published in the February 1, 2011 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

Selection of award winners considers 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/Publication Committee.

About Annals of Internal Medicine

Annals of Internal Medicine is one of the five most widely cited peer-reviewed medical journals in the world, with a current impact factor of 16.7. The journal has been published for 85 years. It accepts only 7 percent of the original research studies submitted for publication. Follow Annals on Twitter and Facebook.

About the American College of Physicians

ACP is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 132,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Founded in 1915 to promote the science and practice of medicine, ACP works to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine. Follow ACP on Twitter and Facebook.