February 2019

The American College of Physicians' membership comprises a diverse population of internists, subspecialists of internal medicine, and medical students. The ACP celebrates the diversity in medicine that unites us by our commitment to excellence. This issue of IMpact recognizes Black History Month.


Virtual Hospitalists Bring Expertise to Rural Hospital

(from the January 2019 ACP Hospitalist)

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City ranks as one of the top hospitals in the U.S. for accepting outside transfers. However, incoming patients are often wait-listed for days, and some transfers don't actually require acute inpatient admission.

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

I.M. Internal Medicine

Spotlight: Frances E. Ferguson, MD, FACP

Dr. Hagalyn Seay Wilson was the first female African-American physician to ever practice in Montgomery, Ala. She was in private practice for 44 years, caring for many of that city's poor and uninsured patients.

Medical Student Perspectives

Nineteen Sixty-Three

A symphony of electronic tones out of time with the flicker of soft flashing lights; an endearing panorama of majestic flowers; and the welcome comfort of warm, attentive souls adorned in ivory cotton.

Leading by Example

My dad was diagnosed with scleroderma during my undergraduate career; the deterioration of his body climaxed during my first year of medical school. My desire to become an osteopathic physician began with shadowing a cardiologist in my hometown and evolved into a passion along my dad's journey through scleroderma.

Would you like to see your article published here? Review the general guidelines for submission and send your essay as a Word document attachment to impact@acponline.org We look forward to hearing from you.

Advocacy Update

How ACP Advocacy Efforts Helped Physicians and Patients in 2018

The American College of Physicians spent much of 2018 playing defense in an urgent bid to protect patients from threats on a variety of fronts. That advocacy made a difference.

The ACP Advocate is a bi-weekly e-newsletter that provides ACP members with news about public policy issues affecting internal medicine and patient care.

Analyzing Annals

American College of Physicians Ethics Manual, Seventh Edition

This updated edition of the ACP Ethics Manual covers emerging issues in medical ethics and revisits older ones that are still pertinent. It reflects on many of the ethical tensions in medicine and the principles to be applied to emerging concerns.

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

A Painful Trait

Sickle cell trait individuals are known to suffer from certain complications, such as renal papillary necrosis. A complication that may not be as well established in the literature is superior mesenteric venous thromboembolism.

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

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the leading cause of chronic liver disease. Most cases are diagnosed incidentally in the primary care or hospital setting on the basis of elevated liver enzyme levels or hepatic steatosis on imaging. NAFLD encompasses a wide spectrum.

Get Involved

Medical Student Activities at ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2019

ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2019 will be held from Thursday April 11 to Saturday April 13 in Philadelphia, PA.

With the help of the ACP Council of Student Members, we have worked to make the Internal Medicine Meeting a welcoming and meaningful experience for student attendees, planning activities and events that include a welcome center for students attending the meeting, a social media presence for students, and informal social and networking events.

Other events for students will include presentations by the winners of our Abstracts contest and our popular Jeopardy-style Doctor's Dilemma competition. Student Registration for the meeting is FREE.

Find out more about events for Student Members.

ACP-MIT Hackathon at Internal Medicine Meeting 2019

ACP is collaborating with the renowned Hacking Medicine program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to bring together forward-thinking healthcare professionals, engineers, designers, developers, and technologists to develop interdisciplinary hacks (solutions) to improve clinical workflows.

The Hackathon will be held during Internal Medicine Meeting 2019 on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Collaborate with other professionals to build innovative prototypes. You'll leave with dynamic tools to invent your own solutions and collaborative insight into the current challenges that impact physician well-being.

No technical expertise is required.

Prior registration is required to attend this event. A limited number of applications will be accepted. Click here for more information and to apply. The deadline to apply is February 11, 2019.


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