December 2023

ACP IMpact

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Life as a Health Equity Officer

(from the November 1, 2023, ACP Hospitalist)

In 2020, health inequities came to the forefront of all of our attention. Prompted by disparities in COVID-19's effects and a nationwide push for recognition of structural racism, those in health care began to take a hard look at historical and ongoing inequities.

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I.M. Internal Medicine

Spotlight: Joseph P. Mathew, MD, FACP, FCCP

Learn why Dr. Mathew considers medicine a team sport.

Medical Student Perspective Essay

The Art of Narrative Medicine

“She's a regular and not very friendly,” my senior warned me. As I dove into Keisha's chart, I saw numerous admissions over the past 5 years. She seemed to be a very sick woman for only being 35. She had type 1 diabetes, end-stage renal disease, Hurley stage 3 hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), CHF, and numerous other conditions.

Analyzing Annals

Chronotype, Unhealthy Lifestyle, and Diabetes Risk in Middle-Aged U.S. Women, A Prospective Cohort Study and Evening Chronotype, Circadian Misalignment, and Metabolic Health: Implications for Diabetes Prevention and Beyond

(From the October 2023 Annals for Educators)

People who are inclined to later sleeping times have an increased risk for diabetes. This study used the Nurses' Health Study II to examine the role of modifiable lifestyle behaviors in the association between chronotype and diabetes risk. The accompanying editorial discusses the findings and the implications for future study.

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

Tumor MK2 Signaling Regulates Cell Migration and Invasion in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Poor 5-year overall survival in head and neck cancer (HNC) can be attributed to high rates of locoregional and distant metastasis. We have previously demonstrated that high phosphorylation/activation of MAPK-activated protein kinase 2 (MK2), a stress-activated kinase directly downstream of p38 MAPK, in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is associated with worse overall survival and inhibition of the MK2 pathway enhances in vivo HNSCC radiosensitivity (1).

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

Critical Care Medicine

Critical care medicine encompasses the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of clinical problems representing the extreme of human disease. Critically ill patients require intensive care by a coordinated team. The critical care specialist (sometimes referred to as an “intensivist”) may be the primary provider of care or a consultant.

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


COVID-19, the illness caused by SARS-CoV-2, became a worldwide pandemic in 2020. Initial clinical manifestations range from asymptomatic infection to mild upper respiratory illness but may progress to pulmonary involvement with hypoxemia and, in some cases, multiorgan involvement, shock, and death.

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

Get Involved

Register for ACP Internal Medicine Meeting in Boston, MA | April 18-20, 2024

Registration includes special sessions for medical students and access to the full Scientific Program and meeting events. You'll also receive 30 days' post-meeting access to all recorded sessions, giving you more time to learn on your schedule. Join us in person or virtually for only $55.

IMIG Event Inspiration

Medical School Alumni Discuss Their IM Residencies

The internal medicine interest group at the Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Joplin hosted a panel discussion with medical school alumni who had become internal medicine residents. The trainees shared details about why they chose IM, how they matched in competitive programs, and what life was like as an internal medicine resident.


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