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August 2017

Feature

The High-Value Care Conversation

From the July 2017 ACP Hospitalist

What do you do when a confused elderly patient's family asks for a head CT and you think all that's needed is some fluids? It may be tempting to run out of the room or order the test, but Emily Gottenborg, MD, offered another option in her Hospital Medicine 2017 session on how to talk to inpatients about high-value care.

ACP Hospitalist provides news and information about hospital medicine, covering the latest trends and issues in the field.


Medical Student Perspective

Gaining Expertise as a Medical Student

When I read Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything before medical school, I was initially impressed by the feats of memory described and more so by the fact that I could learn techniques to dramatically improve my memory. After all, as I looked forward to medical school, I thought about how much there was to learn and memorize.


My Kind of Medicine: Real Lives of Practicing Internists

Erin Roe, MD, MBA, FACP

Growing up, Dr. Erin Roe was always interested in health, wellness and science. She enjoyed talking with people about their medical concerns and offering advice. She was a high school student during the first attempts at national healthcare reform under President Clinton (“Hillary Care”), and observing the failed attempt left her convinced that physicians would need more advanced training to navigate the changing financial and political pressures facing modern healthcare.


Analyzing Annals

Missed Opportunities for Measles, Mumps, Rubella Vaccination Among Departing U.S. Adult Travelers Receiving Pretravel Health Consultations

Measles outbreaks in the United States are mostly due to index infections occurring in returning U.S. travelers. In a study of travelers presenting to U.S. pretravel clinics, the authors assessed why those eligible for measles vaccination were not offered it or why they refused it.

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 from the 2017 Medical Student Abstract Competition

Central America, Diarrhea, and Eosinophilia: Parasites or Worse?

A common presentation for gastrointestinal parasitic infection is peripheral eosinophilia. However, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can lead to significant and severe complications if left untreated, so physicians should maintain a high index of suspicion of IBD to prevent morbidity and mortality in these patients.

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

Gastoenterology

Gastroenterology is the subspecialty of internal medicine that focuses on the evaluation and treatment of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. Gastroenterology requires an extensive understanding of the entire gastrointestinal tract, including the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, colon, and rectum.


In the Clinic

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders in Western industrialized countries. Men and women develop GERD with equal frequency, but complicated GERD occurs more frequently in men and with advanced age. It is typically the result of prolonged exposure of the esophagus to gastric acid due to impaired esophageal motility, defects in the lower esophageal sphincter, and impairments in the antireflux barrier at the gastroesophageal junction.


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