April 2023

ACP IMpact


Learning on the Late Shift

(from the March 22, 2023 ACP Hospitalist)

The biggest obstacle to teaching students and trainees during overnight hospital shifts isn't complicated. “People are tired at night,” said ACP Resident/Fellow Member Holland Kaplan, MD, a clinical ethics fellow and instructor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

I.M. Internal Medicine

Spotlight: Rita Kaur Kuwahara, MD, MIH

Learn how Dr. Kuwahara's pursuit of internal medicine led her to become the 2022-2023 Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies Congressional Health Policy/STEM Fellow placed in the U.S. Senate.

Council of Student Members (CSM) Spotlight

The Mentorship Lifeline

During this transition time, I could not help but think about my undergraduate career and what helped me accomplish my goals then. I concluded that mentorship played a large part in my undergraduate success, and I was left wondering if I would be able to find a mentor and guidance in medical school.

Advocacy Update

ACP: Some Progress Being Made in Policies to Prevent Firearms-Related Injuries and Deaths

The American College of Physicians is continuing its crucial work to address firearm violence as a public health crisis and advocate for commonsense reform. While good news is hard to find on this front, ACP is pleased by recent White House actions and is proud to join a new coalition that brings the medical community together to fight for change.

The ACP Advocate is a bi-weekly e-newsletter that provides ACP members with news about public policy issues affecting internal medicine and patient care.

Winning Abstracts from the 2023 Abstracts Competition

Promoting Medical Student Trauma-Informed Care Knowledge and Attitudes through Academic-Community Collaboration

Trauma informed care (TIC) is an approach to clinical care that centers on how trauma affects patients, particularly those in marginalized communities. TIC has been shown to improve psychobehavioral outcomes, decrease retraumatization, and increase trustworthiness and mutuality between patients and clinicians.

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 and Combined Training Careers

Neurocritical Care Medicine

Neurocritical care medicine focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of life-threatening diseases of the nervous system, including brain and spinal cord trauma, cerebral edema, ruptured aneurysms, severe strokes, encephalitis and meningitis, refractory seizures, and complicated brain tumors.

See what makes internal medicine unique and all the career pathways open to internal medicine physicians. Be sure to also explore a day in the life of an IM specialist/subspecialist.

In the Clinic

Cardiac Amyloidosis

Amyloidosis is a pathologic and clinical condition resulting from the accumulation of misfolded proteins in tissues. Extracellular deposition of amyloid fibrils in the myocardium leads to cardiac amyloidosis, which is often overlooked as a cause of restrictive cardiomyopathy.

Benefit Spotlight

NEW Physician Contract Review Benefit: Resolve

ACP is excited to introduce a new member benefit to help you negotiate your first physician contract with confidence. Resolve’s specialized legal team will analyze your contract and ensure you understand complicated clauses while pointing out unfair terms. Using both internal data and data from the nation’s largest compensation survey, their team compares your contract to those of other physicians in your specialty and region. They also provide free webinars and information on how to find the ideal job and need-to-know information about contracts.

Get Involved

Now Accepting Applications: ACP IMIG Funding for 2023 to 2024

The ACP Internal Medicine Interest Group Sponsorship Program is now accepting applications for the 2023 to 2024 academic year. The program provides funding, resources, and learning opportunities to support medical students and their interest in internal medicine. Don't delay—application deadline is Thursday, June 1, 2023.

Raise Your Hand in April for National Volunteer Month

Explore opportunities with ACP at the local and national level. Be sure to update your profile information to indicate your volunteer interests so that we can alert you when new ACP opportunities arise.

IMIG Event Inspiration

Q&A with Infectious Disease Physician and Medical Epidemiologist

The internal medicine interest group at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ivins campus invited Ginamarie Foglia, DO, MPH, FACP to speak about her career as an infectious disease physician and medical epidemiologist. Dr. Foglia discussed her internal medicine and subspecialty training, as well as her post-graduate positions, so that students could learn more about this possible internal medicine career.

Chapter Chatter

ACP Texas Chapter Hosts Ethics and Professionalism Webinar Series

Running from April to September on the first Thursday of the month, the ACP Texas Chapter will be hosting its first Ethics and Professionalism virtual series. This six-part event, presented by healthcare attorney, Karin Zaner, JD, is designed to provide an overview of best practices and process relating to contracts, reportable events, TMB complaint process, credentialing, peer review as well as legal and ethical responsibilities for physicians in practice. Registration is free for ACP members and past sessions will be available on the chapter's meeting hub.

The membership of ACP is divided into 85 chapters and regions, each uniquely tailored to the needs and interests of its members. See what events are coming up in your local chapter.


“Quiz Me!” Question

Test your medical knowledge each month with questions from The Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program® (MKSAP).

A 57-year-old man is evaluated during a follow-up visit after beginning hydrochlorothiazide 1 month ago. He has hypertension and chronic kidney disease. He has no other medical problems. Medications are lisinopril, 40 mg once daily; amlodipine, 10 mg once daily; and hydrochlorothiazide, 25 mg once daily. The patient maintains a low sodium diet.

The Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program® (MKSAP) has been the “go-to” resource for board prep and lifelong learning since 1967. Learn more.


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