June 2023

ACP IMpact


Q&A: How to Fight Impostor Phenomenon

(from the May 2023 ACP Internist)

Physicians tend to be high performers, but many think they don't deserve their success. That can lead to higher rates of burnout, a recent study found.

I.M. Internal Medicine

Spotlight: Chalunkal Mathai Mathew MD, MRCP (UK), FACP, CPL

Read about Dr. Mathew's love of internal medicine and why he named his son after his former mentor.

ACP Council of Student Members (CSM) Spotlight

The Role of Technology in Treating Justice-Impacted Patients

Growing up, I immersed myself in computer science because I knew I wanted to spend my life solving problems. However, a few quarters into college and a couple of software engineering internships later, I realized that I was much more passionate about working with and alongside the very people that my products were meant to help.

Medical Student Perspective

See Me

However, before I made it out of my car, my legs suddenly went numb and a profound dizziness overcame me. Overwhelmed by a wave of fear, my first thoughts were, “Oh my God! This is what a stroke feels like. I'm having a stroke. Wait no—I'm too young to have a stroke. But stranger things have happened! Oh, God!”

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.

Advocacy Update

Beyond Pure Medicine: Reflecting on Leadership Day and the ACP Health Care Policy Internship

I realized early on in my medical education that almost all of what we medical students were learning focused on only one thing: pure medicine. However, as important as pathophysiology, pharmacology, and anatomy are, real patients' challenges are not solved by knowing medicine alone.

Analyzing Annals

Overweight and Obesity: Current Clinical Challenges

This article summarizes the ACP/Annals virtual forum on the management of overweight and obesity held on 8 March 2023.

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

Analyzing the Challenges Homelessness Poses to Discharge Planning and the Continuity of Psychiatric Care

The care management and discharge planning of psychiatric patients experiencing homelessness (PPEH) is an area of debate. Due to the lack of research on best practices and community resources available, there are currently insufficient actionable guidelines in place to properly assist PPEH in their care post-discharge, leading to high rates of readmission.

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

Adolescent Medicine

Adolescent medicine focuses on the physical, psychological, social, and sexual development of adolescents and young adults. Adolescent medicine involves understanding the unique medical and behavioral issues associated with this patient population, and may include preventive, acute, and chronic care of these individuals.

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

Care of the Patient With Abnormal Kidney Test Results

Blood and urine tests that detect chronic and acute kidney disease are commonly performed by clinicians in both ambulatory and hospital settings. Thresholds for these tests have been established that signal the presence and severity of kidney injury or dysfunction.

Did You Know?

How Internal Medicine Physicians Impact Medical Education

Internal medicine physicians are helping to train the next generation of physicians. They're enhancing students' understanding of patient care, providing the structure and leadership necessary to design courses focused on the important topics and skills medical students need to lead health care innovation forward, identifying opportunities to make health care more equitable for all and to improve conditions for physicians and patients alike.

IMIG Event Inspiration

Intro to Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

The internal medicine interest group at Carle Illinois College of Medicine held an “Into to ICU” event to simulate medical situations that students may encounter in the ICU. With the help of senior internal medicine residents and critical care physicians, the event included mini lectures and practicing techniques related to physical exams and assessment of ICU patients. Students also rehearsed central line insertion, chest tube placement, intubation, and ventilator management.

Chapter Chatter

On the Road Again: North Mississippi Medical Center Residency Program Visit

As governor of the ACP Mississippi Chapter, Dr. Gowdy is committed to visiting residency programs across the state to better understand what matters most to up-and-coming physicians. This past February, Otis Gowdy, Jr., MD, MBA, FACP, visited the North Mississippi Medical Center Residency Program in Tupelo and found it rich in scholarly activities. More importantly, he was pleased to hear that many of the residents there were planning to stay in the area to provide care after graduation.

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 50-year-old man is evaluated for pain, swelling, tenderness, and redness of the right great toe that began last night. He has had several similar episodes over the past 2 years. He has type 2 diabetes mellitus and a recent diagnosis of deep venous thrombosis. Current medications are apixaban, metformin, and rosuvastatin.

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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