January 2024

ACP IMpact

Moving Forward

Reflections and Recommendations on Fostering a Mentoring Relationship

Mentoring can provide critical benefits for the personal and professional growth of the mentee, including assets considered important in medical education.

Visit ACP's Mentoring Resource Library to access videos, checklists, tools, and resources to see if a mentoring relationship is right for you.


Looking Ahead at the Past

(from the January 2024 I.M. Matters from ACP)

In a guest-written column by Janet A. Jokela, MD, MPH, MACP, the ACP Treasurer explains how ACP inspires through principles, opportunities, and relevance and why it's important for medical students.

I.M. Matters from ACP is ACP's member newspaper, providing news and information about the practice of medicine and reporting on the policies, products, and activities of ACP. We've changed our name from ACP Internist in keeping with ACP's internal medicine identity campaign. Read more.

I.M. Internal Medicine

Spotlight: Ann Orchard Brotzman, DO, MS, FACP

Learn why Dr. Brotzman credits her college classmate with changing her life's path.

Medical Student Perspective Essay

Lessons From a Lawyer

During my clinical rotations, I noticed that my classmates were less confident answering direct questions: most found the experience to be stress inducing. To enhance my medical confidence and not be intimidated by attendings asking a litany of questions, which honestly reminded me of being back in court answering to a judge, I had a daily algorithm of arriving early, reviewing labs and imaging, and reading up on the various conditions affecting my patients.

ACP IMpact's Medical Student Perspective series presents essays by medical students about their medical school experience. See possible topic ideas and how you can submit your essay for consideration at ACP Online.

New Papers From ACP

Equitable Access for Participation in the Electoral Process and the Importance of Physician-Led Team-Based Care

In a new paper published in Annals of Internal Medicine, “Ensuring Equitable Access to Participation in the Electoral Process,” provides recommendations about how to approach informing physicians, medical students, and other health care professionals on the links between electoral processes and health; encouraging civic participation; and offering policy recommendations to support safe and equitable access to electoral participation to advance health equity for all.

A new policy paper published in Annals of Internal Medicine, “Principles for the Physician-Led Patient-Centered Medical Home and Other Approaches to Team-Based Care,” stresses the importance of this collaborative care system and its association with better outcomes for patients and lower burnout rates for physicians. The paper provides recommendations on professionalism, payment models, training, licensure, and research to support the expansion of dynamic clinical care teams. Dr. Omar Atiq, ACP President, explains the paper in a brief accompanying video.

Analyzing Annals

SARS-CoV-2 Virologic Rebound With Nirmatrelvir–Ritonavir Therapy. An Observational Study and Rebound of COVID-19 With Nirmatrelvir–Ritonavir Antiviral Therapy

(from the December 2023 Annals for Educators)

The association between treatment of acute COVID-19 with nirmatrelvir–ritonavir (N-R) and virologic rebound (VR) is uncertain. This observational cohort study in a multicenter health care system compared the frequency of VR in patients who received 5 days of N-R treatment versus those who received no COVID-19 therapy. The accompanying editorial discusses the findings and emphasizes the need for further consideration of the dosage, timing, and duration of treatment to inform optimal use of N-R.

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

Socioeconomic, Demographic, and Health Comorbidities Associated with Advanced Stage at Diagnosis of Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma: An NCDB Analysis

Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is the most common non-Hodgkin lymphoma in adults, accounting for 25% of cases. Estimated current 5-year survival of patients diagnosed with early stage DLBCL (ES-DLBCL), stage I or II, is 74%, in contrast to 57% for those diagnosed with late stage, or stage III or IV, DLBCL (LS-DLBCL).

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

Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease (typically referred to as “cardiology”) focuses on prevention, diagnosis, and management of disorders of the cardiovascular system.

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

Management of Heart Failure in Hospitalized Patients

Heart failure affects more than 6 million people in the United States, and hospitalizations for decompensated heart failure confer a heavy toll in morbidity, mortality, and health care costs. Clinical trials have demonstrated effective interventions; however, hospitalization and mortality rates remain high.

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

In Case You Missed It

Annals: Spotlight on 2023

At the start of every new year, Annals of Internal Medicine looks back at some of the most notable articles published in the journal during the previous year. Our 2023 list includes key learnings in critical research, systematic reviews, clinical guidelines, and much more.

ACP Advocacy in 2023 at a Glance

Check out ACP's 2023 Advocacy Highlights graphic to learn more about how ACP addressed critical issues impacting internal medicine physicians and their patients this year. Throughout 2023, ACP actively worked to reduce administrative burdens including prior authorization, shaped the discussion of key public health issues, and much more.

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

Step 1 Exam Review

Tap into your senior medical students' experience when studying for the Step exams. The internal medicine interest group at the Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles organized a high-yield Step 1 exam review session, cohosted with the University of California, Los Angeles.

Access more IMIG resources on ACP Online.


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