June 2017

Feature: Digital Tools Help Patients Find Their Way
(from the May 2017 ACP Hospitalist)
Negotiating Mayo Clinic's sprawling headquarters in Rochester, Minn., can be an intimidating experience for first-time visitors. The medical campus encompasses 59 buildings spanning 15 million square feet, connected by a maze of pedestrian skyways and underground walkways. Soon, however, visitors will be able to type any location into their phone and receive turn-by-turn instructions to their destination.

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

Medical Student Perspective: The Detour
In the wee hours of a summer Saturday, a generalized tonic-clonic seizure breaches the tranquility of night for a suburban wife and mother of two. Imaging reveals frontal lobe masses with central hemorrhaging. Differential diagnosis quickly focuses on metastatic disease versus glioblastoma multiforme. Surgery a few days later confirms the latter.

My Kind of Medicine: Real Lives of Practicing Internists
Growing up among the socioeconomic disparities in Haiti imparted Dr. Florence Momplaisir with a desire to care for people who are part of marginalized groups. Now, she works to provide care to women and patients with HIV and women's health, and teaches medical students at the Drexel College of Medicine.

Analyzing Annals: This is Why
Mental illness can be a difficult but critical topic that is as much about taking care of ourselves as it is taking care of our patients. This powerful On Being a Doctor essay compels each of us to look inside ourselves and ask if our actions have contributed to the suffering of our patients and colleagues struggling with mental illness.

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: Augmented Reality Presentation of Anatomical Variations: Example with Aberrant Right Subclavian Arteries
Blood glucose control for diabetics remains a difficult goal to achieve among patients, in particular because of inconsistent communication of blood glucose values to physicians outside of office visits. Blood glucose diaries have low compliance rates, and underlying socioeconomic issues, medication side effects, and medication non-compliance contribute to blood glucose control difficulties. To address these issues, we designed, implemented, and piloted an inexpensive automated text message (SMS) and phone communication system, EpxDiabetes, to aid in the management of Diabetes.

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

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Aortic Stenosis
Calcific aortic stenosis is the most common cardiac valve lesion in developed countries, and management is changing because of recent advances in diagnostic and treatment strategies. Modern management of aortic valve disease is guided by more precise assessment of lesion severity and earlier intervention, which can improve outcomes.

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