December 2016

Dictation, Done Better
Speech recognition errors spur an accuracy makeover
Rather than using both hands to type his addendum notes, hospitalist Niraj Patel, MD, uses his voice. Dictating, he said, cuts the time it takes to complete a note from about 10 minutes to somewhere between 2 and 5 minutes.

Medical Student Perspective: Finding the Joy
I don’t think there’s anything that anyone could have said to really get me to understand the magnitude of my decision to attend medical school. To me, medical school was a glimmering future, this far-attainable goal that I had been striving toward for as long as I could remember.

My Kind of Medicine:  Real Lives of Practicing Internists
Dr. Shveta Shah Raju spent her childhood reading and watching her parents practice medicine in their neighborhood. Now that she’s a clinician-educator herself, she spends her time treating patients and teaching the next generation of medical students in her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.

Advocacy Update: Election Preview: What's Ahead for Health Care in the Trump Administration
ACP leaders vow to stay firm but flexible in advocating for physicians and patients
The presidential election results could barely have been more unpredictable, but the response from the American College of Physicians has been what its members have come to expect: ACP will continue its unceasing advocacy for the needs of patients and their physicians.  

Analyzing Annals: On Being a Doctor: Slaves
“I knew where this was going. It was not the first time a patient had asked me about my training. Some patients are just curious. Others are trying to get at something deeper, more insidious.” Dr. Gupta shares her jarring encounter with prejudice and her feeling of isolation.

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 2016 Medical Student Abstract Competition:  Insulin Under Duress – Identifying and Treating Insulin Autoimmune Syndrome
A 79-year-old Caucasian non-diabetic male with history of renal cell carcinoma, s/p left nephrectomy in 2005 and coronary artery stent placement 2 months prior and on Clopidogrel, presented with acute onset sweating and palpitations.

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: Allergy & 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.

In the Clinic

Acute Sinusitis
Acute sinusitis affects millions of persons in the United States every year and is among the most common reasons for physician visits, prompting over 3 million visits annually. The more accurate term for this condition is acute rhinosinusitis, because symptoms involve both the nasal cavity and the sinuses.

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ACP Dragon’s Lair Competition:  Breathing Fire into Health Care Transformation
ACP will be hosting the Dragon’s Lair Competition, the second “Shark Tank”- themed competition, during ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2017, where finalists will present their project ideas to a distinguished panel of judges in front of a live audience.  Project ideas may be submitted by physicians or medical students and should focus on transforming clinical practice.

A Grand Prize winner will receive $7,500 in funding for project development and an Audience Choice prize of $2,500 will also be awarded. All finalists are eligible to receive complimentary meeting registration and travel funds to attend ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2017.

Visit ACP Online for additional information and to submit an application by the December 30, 2016 deadline.

Medical Students Needed to Work at Internal Medicine 2017 in San Diego, CA
Earn while you learn!

The American College of Physicians is recruiting medical students to act as standardized patients at Internal Medicine Meeting 2017 to be held March 28 - April 1, 2017 in San Diego, CA at the San Diego Convention Center.

Students are needed for:

  • The Point-of-Care Ultrasound for Internists and Hospitalists pre-course on Tuesday, March 28 and Wednesday, March 29, 7:30am - 5:00pm. Students can sign-up for one or two days, and will receive a stipend of $75 per day.
  • Ultrasound-guided activities in the Herbert S. Waxman Clinical Skills Center, Thursday, March 30 through Saturday, April 1.  Students who register will receive a stipend of $20 per hour.

These are noninvasive workshops, and students will be used to demonstrate ultrasound technique and imaging of normal anatomy.

If you live in the San Diego area or are planning to attend Internal Medicine Meeting 2017 and would like to participate, please click here to see available time slots and to register.

Please share this announcement with your classmates.

If you have any questions, please contact Colleen Poole at or at (215) 351-2597.

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