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January 2018

Feature Article

Hospitals Fight Back Against Violence

(from the December 2017 ACP Hospitalist)

Workplace violence occurs so often in the hospital that some health care workers consider it part of the job. Gordon Lee Gillespie, PhD, DNP, RN, estimates that he was assaulted at least 100 times in his first five or six years working as a nurse in the ED.

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


My Kind of Medicine: Real Lives of Practicing Internists

Spotlight: Patrick Young, MD, FACP

Growing up in North Texas during the ‘70s and ‘80s, Dr. Patrick Young fell in love with Top Gun when it released in 1986. Top Gun stars Tom Cruise as a young fighter pilot vying for the top of his class at an elite naval flight school. It defined cool for a generation of viewers, and, to Dr. Young, joining the Navy and flying jets “seemed like a great thing to do with your life. That became my goal.”


Medical Student Perspective

The Lady with the Bleeding Trach

Music was the one thing that was missing in my life as a medical student. In my first year, I started performing for palliative care patients in the hospital and met dozens of patients. But there is one encounter I play over and over in my head.


Advocacy Update

Health Care Issues Remain Entangled in Congressional Wrangling

(from the December 15, 2017 ACP Advocate)

Though Congress is expected to make decisions before year's end on an array of financial issues, it's still far from clear just how things will turn out. With that as the backdrop, the American College of Physicians is continuing to urge the nation's leadership to protect and support the health care system.

ACP Advocate is a bi-weekly e-newsletter that provides ACP members with news about public policy issues affecting internal medicine and patient care. Join ACP's Advocates for Internal Network Medicine network (AIMn) to stay engaged with ACP's advocacy activities.


Analyzing Annals

On Being a Patient: Terminal, Denial

In this essay, Dr. Lederle describes his thoughts on “coming to terms” with his terminal diagnosis. In a second essay, Dr. Saxe reflects on how her own malignancies and her mother's dementia shattered her “protective wall of denial.”

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 2017 Medical Student Abstract Competition

Phosphorylation of Calcium-Activated Chloride Channels in Pulmonary Artery Smooth Muscle; A Novel Application in Pulmonary Hypertension

Ca2+-activated Cl- channels (CaCCs) encoded by the gene Tmem16a or Anoctamin1 (ANO1) produce membrane depolarization and contraction of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) when stimulated by endogenous vasoconstrictors acting on Gq-protein coupled receptors. Treprostinil (TPL) is one of several prostacyclin analogs clinically used to treat patients diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).

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

Pulmonary Disease

Pulmonary medicine is the subspecialty of internal medicine that focuses on the diagnosis and management of disorders of the respiratory system, including the lungs, upper airways, thoracic cavity, and chest wall.


In the Clinic

Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis (AR), an inflammatory disease of the upper airways, is one of the most common problems seen in outpatient practice. Although sometimes trivialized by patients and physicians, AR is a major source of morbidity.


Council of Student Members Call for Nominations

Deadline Extended!

The deadline for submitting self-nominations for the Council of Student Members (CSM) elections has been extended to January 31, 2018.


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