February 2017


Medical Schools Respond to the Opioid Epidemic
Sales of prescription opioids and deaths from prescription opioid overdoses have nearly quadrupled in the United States since 1999, according to the CDC. But until very recently, medical schools offered little or no training in addiction medicine, leaving many internists to face challenging patients and clinical decisions on their own.

Medical Student Perspective: Recognize the Wins
My last two months of training were awesome! I was at the VA hospital in Denver learning how to care for patients who require hospitalization. My Hospitalized Adult Care clerkship had been an amazing part of my third year of medical school. My role as the medical student included sitting with new patients to find out why they were there and to get their stories.

My Kind of Medicine: Real Lives of Practicing Internists
Growing up with a father who suffered from multiple sclerosis, Dr. Mark Loehrke became comfortable in a hospital setting at a young age. Now, he’s delivering healthcare himself and teaching a new generation of physicians at the Western Michigan University School of Medicine.

Analyzing Annals: Scientific Misconduct Hurts
Recently, Annals of Internal Medicine experienced an egregious case of scientific misconduct. In this commentary, a researcher whose work was plagiarized outlines the harm that intellectual theft causes both the plagiarist and those whose work has been stolen.

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:  Sponsored Meals and Honoraria and Physician Prescribing Patterns
In 2009, 84% of American physicians reported receiving meals, gifts, or payments from the pharmaceutical industry. Although industry-sponsored meals and honoraria may create opportunities for physicians to discuss new therapies, past studies using self-reported data have raised concerns about their potential to influence prescribing behavior.

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: Transplant Hepatology
Transplant Hepatology represents advanced training in gastroenterology and focuses on the management of advanced liver disease. Training provides a comprehensive understanding of hepatopathology and diagnostic techniques needed to evaluate and manage potential liver transplant patients.

In the clinic

Pulmonary Hypertension
The pulmonary vascular bed is normally a low-resistance, high-capacitance circuit capable of accommodating the entire cardiac output at pressures approximately 15%–20% of those in the systemic circulation. In pulmonary hypertension (PH), elevated pulmonary arterial pressure places a burden on the normally thin-walled right ventricle as it works to maintain normal blood flow.

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Medical Student Activities at ACP Internal Medical Meeting 2017 in San Diego, CO
ACP IM17 (March 30 - April 1, 2017) is approaching, and there are several events and activities planned for Student Members.  Events include presentations by the winners of our Abstracts contest, Stump the Professor, and our popular Jeopardy-style Doctor's Dilemma competition. 

Medical Students Needed to Work at Internal Medicine 2017
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 see available time slots and register.

Please share this announcement with your classmates.

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

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