April 2018


When Patients Wander

(from the February 2018 ACP Hospitalist)

One very cold February morning in Iowa, a young man was admitted to the ED of a community hospital for a behavioral health evaluation. After an hour or so, he asked to leave, but before he could be discharged, he walked outside, breaking into a run and disappearing into the distance when a security guard tried to detain him.

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My Kind of Medicine: Real Lives of Practicing Internists

Spotlight: Banu Symington, MD, MACP

Growing up in Philadelphia, Dr. Banu Symington never envisioned a career in medicine. Instead, she wanted to be an archeologist. That changed when she was a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania and had dated a young man who was applying to medical school.

Medical Student Perspective

The Material Exams Cannot Teach

I was accepted to medical school almost exactly one year ago. While I often can't remember what I ate for breakfast, I can still vividly picture that weekend. It was April 30, the day in which students who hold multiple offers must narrow their options to only one acceptance.

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Analyzing Annals

Is This What Depression Looks Like?

In this edition of Annals Graphic Medicine, the author/artist imagines what depression looks like inside himself and wonders, “Is this the black dog of depression I've read about?”

Annals of Internal Medicine is the premier internal medicine academic journal published by the American College of Physicians (ACP). It is one of the most widely cited and influential specialty medical journals in the world.

Winning Abstracts

Oropharyngeal Dysphagia: Rare Presenting Symptom of Statin-induced HMG CoA Reductase Necrotizing Autoimmune Myopathy

Necrotizing Autoimmune Myopathy (NAM) associated with 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A Reductase (HMGCR) antibodies has been described in statin-induced and statin-naive patients. Proximal muscle weakness is the presenting symptom in HMGCR NAM.

Want to have your abstract featured here? ACP holds a National Abstracts Competition as part of the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting every year. Find out more at ACP Online.

Subspecialty Careers

Infectious Disease

Infectious disease medicine is the subspecialty of internal medicine that focuses on diagnosing and managing infections. Although most common infections are treated by general internists and other specialty physicians, internists practicing infectious disease medicine are frequently called upon to help diagnose unknown infections and assist in managing difficult, unusual, or complicated infections.

In the Clinic

Cellulitis and Soft Tissue Infections

Cellulitis and soft tissue infections are a diverse group of diseases that range from uncomplicated cellulitis to necrotizing fasciitis. Management of predisposing conditions is the primary means of prevention.

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Get Involved

Medical Student Activities at ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2018

ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2018 will be held from Thursday April 19 to Saturday April 21 in New Orleans, LA.

The ACP Council of Student Members has ensured that the Internal Medicine Meeting will offer a welcoming and meaningful experience for all of student attendees, planning activities and events that include a welcome center for students attending the meeting, a social media presence for students, and informal social and networking events.

Other events Students Members may want to attend include:

  • presentations by the winners of our Abstracts contest
  • Stump the Professor
  • our popular Jeopardy-style Doctor's Dilemma competition

Student Registration for the meeting is FREE. Find out more about events for Student Members.

New Slots Are Now Open!

Earn while you learn! The American College of Physicians is recruiting students to act as ultrasound models at Internal Medicine Meeting 2018 to be held April 17 – 21, 2018 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA.

Ultrasound models are needed for:

  • The Point-of-Care Ultrasound for Internists and Hospitalists pre-course on Tuesday, April 17 and Wednesday, April 18. There are two sessions available on each day: 7:30 am – 11:45 am and 12:45 pm – 5:00 p.m. Students can sign-up for one session or all four sessions and will receive a stipend of $50 per session.
  • Ultrasound-guided activities in the Herbert S. Waxman Clinical Skills Center, Thursday, April 19 through Saturday April 21. Students who participate in the Waxman Center will receive a stipend of $15 per hour.

These are noninvasive workshops, and students will be used to demonstrate ultrasound technique and imaging of normal anatomy.

This is a great learning opportunity for medical students! David Lee, a 4th year medical student at Western Michigan University School of Medicine who has previously served as an ultrasound model, describes this opportunity:

Serve as an ultrasound model because you see a potential for invaluable learning, not because you see a potential monetary reward for your time. The lessons provided give medical students unprecedented exposure to techniques and tools inseparable from effective and efficient patient care. [You will] only look better in your programs and your profession if you have taken the initiative to expose yourself to the very techniques we recommend for our patients and can better empathize with patients and the physical and emotional burdens they may be experiencing when they come in for something necessitating these interventions.

If you live in the New Orleans area or are planning to attend Internal Medicine Meeting 2018 and would like to participate, please click here to see available time slots and to register.

Please share this announcement with your classmates.

If you have any questions, please contact Colleen Poole at cpoole@acponline.org or at (215) 351-2597.


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