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October 2008

Medical Student Perspectives: The Truth about Taking Time Off from Medical School

Every August, aspiring doctors across the country enter their first year of medical school with hopes of practicing the art of medicine in some capacity, although most have not completely figured out the logistics. Regardless of the means, the end result is the same as student doctors embark upon their medical school journeys and navigate through unfamiliar territory in search of a path which will eventually lead them to a fulfilling career in medicine.


My Kind of Medicine: Real Lives of Practicing Internists: Vineet Arora, MD, FACP

Vineet Arora spent the better part of her 32nd birthday sitting on an uncomfortable wooden bench surrounded mostly by strangers. She was nervous and her stomach was growling, as she had arrived at 9 a.m. without having eaten breakfast, and had been there for five hours since. Finally, it was her turn. She stood up and introduced herself to the U.S. House of Representatives Health Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee and urged them to consider legislation that would halt Medicare payment cuts.


Internal Medicine Interest Group of the Month: University of Pennsylvania

The William Pepper Internal Medicine Society at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine was founded in 1886. Our Society is named for Dr. William Pepper, who as Provost of the University from 1881-1894, enhanced Penn's research capabilities by increasing faculty and class sizes, added more than 40 acres and twenty new buildings to the campus, and was a strong supporter of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.


Winning Abstracts from the 2008 Medical Student Abstract Competition: Physiologic Effect of Relaxation Therapies on Autonomic Tone Early After Acute Coronary Syndromes

Post-MI patients are at increased risk of arrhythmic sudden death. Stress and sympathetic activation are known to influence arrhythmogenesis. While relaxation therapies improve psychological well-being in multiple medical illnesses, whether these therapies can positively influence sympathovagal balance in the post-MI population is unknown.


Subspecialty Careers: Highlights about Careers in Internal Medicine: Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology encompasses the evaluation and treatment of patients with disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, pancreas, biliary tract, and liver.


Advocacy Brief: Congress Approves Conrad Visa Waiver Program Extension

The House and Senate recently approved legislation to extend the Conrad 30 State J-1 visa waiver program through March 6, 2009. The bill also includes a provision that doubles to 10 the program's "flex-slots," the number of physicians per state who may serve in facilities, often teaching hospitals, that are located outside medically underserved areas but that treat patients from those areas.


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