April 2024

ACP IMpact

In Case You Missed It

New Article and Podcast Feature ACP Leadership Discussing Primary Care Physician Shortage

William E. Fox, MD, FACP, Chair-elect of the ACP Board of Regents, addressed the issue of the shortage of primary care physicians in the U.S. in an article and podcast now available on the KevinMD website.


Handling Class and Classes at Once

(from the April 3, 2024, ACP Hospitalist)

Medical school poses hidden challenges for students from less privileged backgrounds. Experts discuss how to help.

ACP Hospitalist is an online magazine for ACP members covering news and trends in hospital medicine. An ACP login is required to access this article.

I.M. Internal Medicine

Spotlight: Heather Marie Samuelson, MD

Read about Dr. Samuelson's work as a telemedicine physician, Medical Director at Enliven Hydration and Wellness Center, and Lieutenant Commander with the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Reserve Commissioned Corps.

Council of Student Members (CSM) Spotlight

Comfort in Medical Code-Switching

As a new third-year medical student, Gynecologic Oncology (Gyn–Onc) clinic was particularly anxiety-inducing. Even within the already jargon-filled profession of medicine, Gyn–Onc has its own language filled with staging, therapeutics, and surgical interventions that I knew very little about.

New Paper From ACP

Alcohol Use Disorder: A Treatable Chronic Medical Condition That Should Be Addressed Through Evidence-Based Public Health Initiatives

Policymakers and public health officials have a critical role to play in reducing excessive alcohol use and alcohol use disorder, says the American College of Physicians in a new policy. Excessive Alcohol Use and Alcohol Use Disorders: A Policy Brief of the American College of Physicians, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, says that barriers need to be removed to accessing treatment and more needs to be done to reduce binge drinking and heavy drinking among young adults and other high-risk populations.

Analyzing Annals

Cumulative All-Cause Mortality in Diverse Hispanic/Latino Adults. A Prospective, Multicenter Cohort Study and Shedding Light on the Health of Latino Populations in the United States

(from the March 2024 Annals for Educators)

Using a prospective, multicenter cohort (the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos), the authors of this study describe all-cause mortality across different U.S. Hispanic/Latino groups and how it is affected when sociodemographic, acculturation-related, lifestyle, and clinical factors are accounted for. The editorialists discuss the findings and identify areas for future research that will provide better understanding of acculturation and lifestyle factors that contribute to different patterns of mortality among Latino subgroups.

Annals for Educators is a Web Exclusives feature of Annals of Internal Medicine which includes activities using selected Annals articles to help medical educators in their teaching activities.

Winning Abstracts from the 2023 Abstracts Competition

The Burden of Disease in St. Maarten and Public Health Recommendations for Addressing Disparities in a Resource-Limited Country

There is a high prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCD) in the Caribbean Islands due to the strained infrastructure and limited resources. The island of Sint Maarten is one such country in the Caribbean that faces health care disparities due to these constraints.

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

Allergy and Immunology

Allergy and immunology involves the management of disorders related to the immune system. These conditions range from the very common to the very rare, spanning all ages and encompassing various organ systems.

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

Acute Colonic Diverticulitis

Acute colonic diverticulitis is a gastrointestinal condition frequently encountered by primary care and emergency department practitioners, hospitalists, surgeons, and gastroenterologists. Clinical presentation ranges from mild abdominal pain to peritonitis with sepsis.

In the Clinic is a feature of Annals of Internal Medicine which includes practical reviews about the management of common clinical conditions.

Get Involved

Now Accepting Applications: ACP IMIG Funding for 2024-2025

The ACP Internal Medicine Interest Group Sponsorship Program is now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 academic year. The program provides funding, resources, and learning opportunities to support medical students and their interest in internal medicine. Don't delay—the application deadline is Saturday, June 1, 2024.

IMIG Event Inspiration

Primary Care Panel Over Dinner

The internal medicine interest group at Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, organized a primary care panel with other interest groups including OB/GYN, med/peds, emergency medicine, and family medicine. Over 50 students were provided dinner while ten panelists explained the array of primary care careers available and spoke about their professional paths.

Access more IMIG resources on ACP Online.

Chapter Chatter

Expand Your Professional Network with ACP Local Chapter Opportunities

ACP chapters offer local programs and activities for medical students, such as scientific meetings and awards programs. Each chapter is uniquely tailored to the needs and interests of ACP members in that area. More importantly, chapters provide a professional home for medical students and offer opportunities for networking, leadership, and submitting abstracts. Visit your chapter website to learn more about upcoming events and opportunities to get involved.


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