Annals of Internal Medicine and American College of Physicians launch new CME-accredited video series

'The Consult Guys' address a variety of clinical issues with humor and personality in new video series

Philadelphia, September 17, 2013 - Annals of Internal Medicine, and its publisher, the American College of Physicians (ACP), today launched a new CME-accredited video series at The Consult Guys, a derivative of a popular course offered at ACP's annual scientific meeting, features Drs. Geno Merli and Howard Weitz addressing a variety of clinical issues. The monthly series kicks off with two educational and entertaining videos presenting the clinical conundrums of defining low cardiac risk in a patient preparing for elective surgery and diagnosing the cause of severe chest pains in a 23-year-old patient.

Internists can log onto or use the Annals iPad app to view the 7-15 minute videos. New videos will be added each month in which The Consult Guys address clinical issues while using humor to deliver pithy educational pearls related to the practice of internal medicine. Some videos will feature "stumper" questions submitted by internal medicine physicians and all videos will be accompanied by resources cited in the video, slide sets, and the opportunity to earn CME credit. The series is modeled after the doctors' popular course, Consult Talk, offered since 2006 at Internal Medicine, ACP's annual scientific meeting.

"Both Dr. Merli and Dr. Weitz are recognized as exceptional clinicians and medical educators," said Christine Laine, MD, MPH, FACP, Editor-in-Chief of Annals of Internal Medicine and Senior Vice President at ACP. "We are thrilled to offer this unique opportunity for CME to ACP members, Annals subscribers, and all internists who would like to earn CME and be entertained while doing it."

Dr. Merli is Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Also at Jefferson, Dr. Weitz is Director, Jefferson Heart Institute and the Division of Cardiology. Together they have more than 70 years experience in the practice of internal medicine.

About Annals of Internal Medicine
Annals of Internal Medicine is one of the most widely cited peer-reviewed medical journals in the world, with a current impact factor of 17.8. The journal has been published for 88 years. It accepts only about 7 percent of the original research studies submitted for publication. Follow Annals on Twitter and Facebook.

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.