August 2016

Medical  Student Pespective:  Tips on How to Be Healthy in Medical School
We’re the twins, Stacey and Tracey! Being happy and healthy is one of our mottos, so we try to do what we can despite anything that comes our way.

My Kind of Medicine: Real Lives of Practicing Internists
Dr. Amesh A. Adalja spent his childhood solving detective mysteries and self-publishing a local skateboarding magazine in his hometown. Now that he’s one of the nation’s leading biosecurity experts, he spends his time solving real-life mysteries and sharing his findings in outlets such as MSNBC, BBC and the New York Times.

Winning Abstracts: Jejunal Varices: A Rare Source of Gastrointestinal Bleed
Esophageal (50%), gastric (5-33%), and rectal varices have been identified as the most common sites of gastrointestinal varices in patients with portal hypertension. While varices may develop anywhere along the GI tract, suspicion for jejunal varices is often low and they can be difficult to diagnose. This case is one of few documented reports of enlarged jejunal varices as an isolated source of GI bleed.

Analyzing Annals: Yes, You Can: Physicians, Patients, and Firearms
Physicians have unique opportunities to help prevent firearm violence. Concern has developed that federal and state laws or regulations prohibit physicians from asking or counseling patients about firearms and disclosing patient information about firearms to others, even when threats to health and safety may be involved. This is not the case.

Subspecialty Careers: Medical Oncology
Medical oncology is the internal medicine subspecialty which involves the diagnosis and management of benign and malignant neoplasms. Internists practicing oncology (“oncologists”) typically assist general internists and other physicians in identifying individuals at risk for malignancy and investigating clinical symptoms and syndromes suggestive of underlying cancer.

In the clinic

Gout is characterized by deposition of monosodium urate (MSU) monohydrate crystals in synovial fluid and other tissues, resulting in painful recurrent flares and tissue damage. Gout is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis, with a prevalence of 3.9% in the United States, affecting 8.3 million adults.

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Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) Poster  Contest
Attention IMIG leaders! We have a special delivery heading your way at the beginning of August. We would like your help spreading the word about IM Essentials and have created a fun contest where you could win an Amazon gift card and a free subscription to IM Essentials Online. It’s easy to enter and all you need to do is snap a selfie with our posters! Check out the packages on their way to you for more details on how you and the members of your IMIG can enter.

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