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August 2010

Medical Student Perspectives: Welcome Medical Student Members

Welcome to the beginning of a new academic year! Please allow me to tell you about the American College of Physicians (ACP) from the point of view of a medical student. ACP is the largest medical-specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States, with a membership of 130,000 internists, internal medicine subspecialists, and medical students, residents, and fellows. ACP focuses on enhancing the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine.


My Kind of Medicine: Real Lives of Practicing Internists: J Trig Brown, MD, FACP

It's a Thursday afternoon around 2 p.m. and Trig Brown's voice is still hoarse from the night before when he and his wife attended a Paul McCartney concert. "We know all of the songs so of course we had to sing every one," he says. The fifty-eight-year-old Dr. Brown is an enthusiast of many things, above all, his work. You won't catch him playing the hero. "It's not the dramatic outcomes or stories that give me satisfaction as much as the everyday things, like talking to my patients," he says. "That's what gives me life and energy."


Internal Medicine Interest Group of the Month: Brown University

At Alpert Medical School, internal medicine has always been one of the most popular specialties. Every year, more than 25% of the graduating class matches in internal medicine, making it the largest specialty group at Brown University. In addition to dedicated and caring faculty members who serve as mentors during the third and fourth clinical years, this success is also attributed to an early exposure to internal medicine during the preclinical years. Our Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) has played an important role in this process.


Winning Abstracts from the 2010 Medical Student Abstract Competition: Priapism: A Rare Presenting Feature Of Chronic Myeloid Leukemia

Priapism is the persistent abnormal erection of the penis without accompanying sexual desire. It is normally classified into idiopathic, the more common type, and secondary, due to an underlying cause. Secondary causes of priapism include disorders such as sickle cell anemia, trauma, leukemia, cancerous invasion of the penis, drugs, and alcohol ingestion.


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. It includes disorders of organs within the abdominal cavity and requires knowledge of the manifestations of gastrointestinal disorders in other organ systems, including the skin. Additional content areas include nutrition and nutritional deficiencies, and screening and prevention, particularly for colorectal cancer.