February 2022

ACP IMpact

Being a medical student is a unique experience, unlike any other. Join ACP at the Internal Medicine Meeting 2022 in Chicago to tell your story at the Medical Student Story Slam. This year’s theme is “Lost and Found.” If selected, you’ll present an inspirational 5-mintue narrative with seven other students at the Story Slam event on Friday, April 29. Deadline to apply is March 1.

The Story Slam is part of a special Medical Student track within the meeting, providing valuable educational programming designed to help you prepare personally and professionally for your career in medicine. Other sessions include a Mentoring Breakfast, Mastering the Match, and more. Register for $49.


Evaluating Alcohol Use in ‘Dry January’

(from the January 2022 ACP Internist)

January marks the start of a new year and, for some patients, a chance to rethink drinking habits after the alcohol-saturated holiday season. This opportunity may be even more timely during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen increased alcohol sales and consumption.

I.M. Internal Medicine

Spotlight: Brent Duran, DO, MPH

Read about Dr. Duran's career as a medicine-pediatric hospitalist and what he considers his greatest achievement. Here's a clue: it's not his professional accolades.

Medical Student Perspective

“Try to Exercise More: Those Four Words

Those four words. I ended my visit with Mr. R, a young man newly diagnosed with diabetes, with those four words. As I stepped out of the room, I felt a bit uneasy and unfulfilled after the visit. I turned around in the hallway and walked back into the patient room.

Vaccine Resources

ACP, YouTube Partner on New Videos to Counter Vaccine Misinformation

ACP members can help combat misinformation about COVID-19 and other vaccines by sharing content through their social media platforms from ACP's new video series created in partnership with YouTube: “Physician to Physician Conversations and “Ask Your Internist. “

Visit ACP's YouTube channel to watch and share the series and other video content.

Analyzing Annals

The ‘Best of Annals 2021’ Collection and Video Now Available

The editors of Annals of internal Medicine have curated a list of some of the most influential articles published by the journal over the past year. The “Best of Annals 2021” collection covers must-read articles on COVID-19; diversity, equity, and inclusion; breast cancer screening, HIV; alcohol and afib; and more. Christine Laine, MD, MPH, FACP, Editor in Chief, offers an overview of the choices in an accompanying video summary. The list of articles and the video are available online.

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

The Impact of Surgical Chronology on Outcomes of Patients Receiving Lumbar Spine and Lower Extremity Joint Surgeries

The aging population and obesity epidemic indicate that increasingly more patients with lumbar spine pathology will likely also develop lower extremity joint (LEJ) disease (hip and/or knee). These patients may have co-existing lower back and extremity pain, the major source of which (spine vs. LEJ) is difficult to determine. There remains a lack of outcomes data of patients who receive surgeries for both an LEJ and the lumbar spine within a short period based on chronology of surgery type. This is the first report that evaluates the differences in surgical outcomes of patients receiving lumbar surgery following LEJ surgery compared to receiving lumbar surgery before LEJ surgery.

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

Geriatric Medicine

Geriatric medicine is a type of practice within internal medicine that focuses on the care of older patients. Those who practice geriatric medicine (“geriatricians”) are specifically trained in the normal and abnormal physiologic and psychosocial changes associated with aging, and to recognize the differences in presentation of disease relative to normal aging.

See all the career pathways open to internal medicine doctors and explore a “day-in-the-life” of an IM specialist/subspecialist at the bottom of our “Medical Student Career Pathpage.

In the Clinic

Smoking Cessation

Tobacco dependence is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, and its harms are well established. Physicians have more evidence-based resources at their disposal than ever before to effectively treat this deadly addiction, including new uses and combinations of FDA-approved pharmacotherapies and expanded community programs.

Get Involved

Now Accepting Submissions for Annals of Internal Medicine: Clinical Cases

ACP's newly launched journal, Annals of Internal Medicine: Clinical Cases (AIMCC), is now accepting manuscript submissions. AIMCC is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes case reports, case series, and image/video cases across the spectrum of medicine. AIMCC is a joint publication of the American College of Physicians and the American Heart Association.

To learn more or submit, visit the journal site and review the Annals of Internal Medicine: Clinical Cases Information for Authors page.

IMIG Event Inspiration

Advocacy at Home and On Capitol Hill

In 2020, Dell Medical School's IMIG, in partnership with the ACP Texas Chapter, hosted a panel session about advocacy, mentorship, and leading policy work as a medical student. Officers also discussed Texas Chapter membership and what opportunities were available for research and poster presentations. See more IMIG event ideas.


“Quiz Me!” Question

Test your medical knowledge each month with questions from The Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program® (MKSAP).

A 45-year-old woman is evaluated during a follow-up visit for newly diagnosed severe hypertension. She began low-dose hydrochlorothiazide and amlodipine therapy 1 month ago. There is no family history of hypertension. She has no other medical problems and takes no other medications.

The Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program® (MKSAP) has been the “go-to” resource for board prep and lifelong learning since 1967. Learn more.


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