June 2021

ACP IMpact


Experts Weigh in on Ethics of Social Media Success

(from the May 2021 ACP Internist)

Social media allows physicians to reach far larger audiences than was possible through traditional media outlets in the past. Many are using it to benefit patients by disseminating accurate health and medical information and countering false health claims.

I.M. Internal Medicine

Spotlight: Stephanie Fosback, MD, FACP

Find out about Dr. Fosback's typical day as a mother, wife, and physician and her professional interest in providing collaborative care for patients suffering from psychiatric disorders.

ACP Council of Student Members (CSM) Spotlight

(Re-)Introducing the Council of Student Members (CSM)

As one academic year ends, another exciting one begins. The 2020–2021 academic year was full of unprecedented twists and turns for trainees at all levels, who had to adapt to virtual coursework, clerkships, and residency interviews because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Medical Student Perspective

The Surgeon's Cap: Intelligence, Respect, and the Enemy of Feminism

Dr. Koven's “Letter to a Young Female Physician” had briefed me on the war I would eventually fight (1). For years, I contemplated whether I was strong enough to fight my way through the medical battlefield of sexism and self-inflicted doubt.

Advocacy Update

Amid Recent Mass Shootings, ACP Reiterates Its Stance on Firearm Violence

(from the April 16, 2021 ACP Advocate)

ACP applauds recent efforts at the federal level that are in line with recommendations from its 2018 policy paper on firearm violence

The American College of Physicians believes that firearm violence is a public health emergency and is making sure that Congress understands its firm position as the issue once again comes to the forefront of the national conversation.

Read the full article in ACP Advocate.

The ACP Advocate is a bi-weekly e-newsletter that provides ACP members with news about public policy issues affecting internal medicine and patient care.

Analyzing Annals

Humanities – The Uncomfortable Look

The author of this On Being a Doctor essay writes, “As a Black man, being a physician doesn't make me immune from this.”

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

A Rare Case of Dengue Fever Acquired in the United States

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne tropical disease endemic to parts of Asia and South America. We herein present a rare case of dengue fever acquired within the United States.

Want to have your abstract featured here? ACP holds a National Abstracts Competition as part of the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting every year. See the 2021 virtual abstract winners at ACP Online.

Subspecialty and Combined Training 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.

See all the career pathways open to internal medicine doctors.

In the Clinic

Pulmonary Hypertension

Pulmonary hypertension is the term used to describe a group of disorders characterized by abnormally high pressures in the pulmonary arteries. Initial evaluation is focused on identifying the cause, which helps guide appropriate treatment. Pulmonary hypertension is often a feature of advanced common diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and left heart disease, and treatment is focused primarily on the underlying disease. More rarely, pulmonary hypertension results from chronic organized thromboemboli or a primary vasculopathy. The former requires evaluation for surgical intervention, and the latter is treated with advanced medical therapies.

Get Involved: Online Forum for Medical Students

The ACP Member Forums provide members with an online community to interact with colleagues who have similar interests and career goals. Be sure to subscribe to alerts to receive daily email digests showing new posts and that link you directly back into the discussions. Subscribe based on where you are in your career, geographic location, and more.

ACP Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) Sponsorship Program

2021-2022 Application Due June 1, 2021

The Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) Sponsorship Program provides funding, resources, and learning opportunities to medical school groups to support their interest in internal medicine. If eligible, IMIGs receive an initial $200 and up to $1,000 in 2022 based on how many FREE ACP Medical Student Members are recruited at their campus. See more.

Chapter Chatter

A Day in the Life of An Internist: A Path to Increase Students Matching in IM

A Medical Student Program by the South Dakota Chapter

For many years, the South Dakota Chapter hosted a medical student event at the Sanford School of Medicine. But in 2011, in response to the decline in IM matches, chapter leadership decided to add a second event focusing on students who are at a critical point in making a final career choice. “A Day In the Life of An Internist” was created, inviting all students, but particularly those in the 2nd and 3rd year to attend a panel session that includes at least six general internists, hospitalists and sub-specialists, who share what life is like for the Internal Medicine physician (educational path, residency, daily practice and work/life balance).


“Quiz Me!” Question

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

An 85-year-old woman is evaluated for left knee pain of moderate intensity that occurs with ambulation and at night. Acetaminophen provides no relief.

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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