July 2023

ACP IMpact

In Case You Missed It

ACP Releases Its Annual Report of the Executive Vice President

The report highlights ACP news and activities over the past year.


What to Say When Sharing Serious News

(from the April 19, 2023, ACP Hospitalist)

Physicians tend to talk too much, especially when delivering bad news to patients, said Kencee Graves, MD, FACP. “Sometimes our patients need fewer words, more space,” she said at a session at the Society of Hospital Medicine's CONVERGE, held in late March in Austin.

ACP Hospitalist is an online magazine for ACP members covering news and trends in hospital medicine. Single sign-on login is required to access this article.

I.M. Internal Medicine

Spotlight: Lauren Beste, MD, MSc, FACP

Learn why Dr. Beste's early interest in viral hepatitis led her to the career she enjoys today working for the Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system.

Medical Student Perspective

On Death and Its Futility

She started dying on the stretcher, as it pulled away from the house toward the ambulance parked alongside the curb. You see, she didn't want to die in my aunt's home. It was “bad luck to die in someone else's home,” she would say—”It would curse Auntie's home forever.” I knew she had held out until the very end.

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.

Analyzing Annals

Distributional Cost-Effectiveness of Equity-Enhancing Gene Therapy in Sickle Cell Disease in the United States and Distributional Cost-Effectiveness: Putting Money Where Your Mouth Is on Health Equity

Gene therapy is a potential cure for sickle cell disease (SCD). Conventional cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) does not capture the effects of treatment on disparities in SCD.

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 2023 Abstracts Competition

A Nodule with Grandiose Ideas

The patient is a 63 y/o male with a PMH of RA on MTX, HTN, and insomnia who presented with agitation, aggression, poor sleep, and chest pain.

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


Gastroenterology is the subspecialty of internal medicine that focuses on the evaluation and treatment of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. Gastroenterology requires an extensive understanding of the entire gastrointestinal tract, including the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, colon, and rectum.

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


Dyslipidemia is an important risk factor for coronary artery disease and stroke. Long-term, prospective epidemiologic studies have consistently shown that persons with healthier lifestyles and fewer risk factors for coronary heart disease, particularly those with favorable lipid profiles, have reduced incidence of coronary heart disease. Prevention and sensible management of dyslipidemia can markedly alter cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.

IMIG Event Inspiration

Student Activity Fairs, Welcome (Back) Meetings, and Ready-to-Use Marketing Materials

As the new academic year begins, don't forget to register your Internal Medicine Interest Group for your school's activity fair. You may also want to schedule your club's first “Welcome (Back) Meeting,” and recruit new members using ACP's new IMIG marketing resources.

Chapter Chatter

ACP Fall Chapter Meeting Lineup Announced

Expand your network, strengthen your CV, and learn new clinical skills by attending your local ACP Chapter Meeting. Medical Student members have exclusive access to submit original research in their local abstract competition for a chance to win a trip to present at Internal Medicine 2024 in Boston, MA. Bonus: most meetings have FREE registration for medical student members! See when your local chapter is holding its annual meeting: domestic or global.

The membership of ACP is divided into 85 chapters and regions, each uniquely tailored to the needs and interests of its members. See what events are coming up in your local chapter.


“Quiz Me!” Question

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

A 40-year-old man is evaluated following discharge 6 weeks after hospitalization for an episode of upper gastrointestinal bleeding. During hospitalization, a proton pump inhibitor was initiated and subsequent upper endoscopy showed a healing Mallory-Weiss tear. He is currently asymptomatic. His only medication is omeprazole.

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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