March 2017

HPV Vaccine Impacts Disease, Screening
(from the February 2017 ACP Internist)
At some point in their lives, most people who have sex become infected with a genotype of human papillomavirus (HPV), the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. Before the HPV vaccine became available, the average lifetime probability of acquiring the virus among U.S. men and women with at least one partner of the opposite sex was about 91% and 85%, respectively, CDC researchers estimated in a 2014 article published in Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

ACP Internist provides news and information for internists about the practice of medicine and reports on the policies, products, and activities of ACP.

Medical Student Perspective: Teamwork: Your Best Ally in Clinical Rotations and Internship
Whether you are starting your clinical rotations, internship, or residency or are at any other point of your medical career, you will find that life in the hospital is all about teamwork. You may not always be able to choose who will be in your crew, but you can always decide the attitude you will have toward them, to help the team function in a more decisive manner.

Advocacy Update: ACP to Congress: Do No Harm to Our Patients
Along with other medical groups, College asks senators to protect recent health care advances
As the future of the Affordable Care Act teeters on the political edge, the American College of Physicians and four other medical organizations converged on Capitol Hill in early February to send a powerful joint message to Congress: Protect patient access to health care.   "As a primary care internist, I see first-hand how devastating it would be for my hard-working patients to return to the days when they had to go without health insurance," said Dr. Nitin S. Damle, president of ACP. "We urge Congress to, first, do no harm to my patients by rolling back the positive gains we've seen in people's ability to seek health care and have access to care that translates into a healthy life."  

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

My Kind of Medicine: Real Lives of Practicing Internists
As a child, Dr. Anthony Matejicka spent a lot of time in the sick children’s waiting room while receiving treatment for respiratory issues. Now, a physician himself, he serves as Chief Medical Officer at Nyack Hospital, a Member of the Montefiore Health System.

Analyzing Annals: Should We Prescribe Antibiotics to This Patient With Persistent Upper Respiratory Symptoms? Grand Rounds Discussion From Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
This Grand Rounds summarizes a discussion between two expert clinicians about the benefits and harms of prescribing antibiotics to a patient with recurrent sinusitis presenting with persistent upper respiratory symptoms.

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 2016 Medical Student Abstract Competition:  A Community-Based Approach to Cardiovascular Risk Reduction in Northern New Mexico
Hypertension is the most common modifiable risk factor of premature cardiovascular disease and events. One in three American adults have hypertension and about half of those with a formal diagnosis do not have it controlled. A major challenge in reducing the prevalence of hypertension is that it is a chronic, progressive and asymptomatic condition. While hypertension is a serious medical condition, there are well-defined and effective ways to monitor and control it with medical and lifestyle interventions.

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: Sleep Medicine
Physicians trained in Sleep Medicine focus on the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disturbances and disorders. Examples of conditions seen by sleep medicine physicians include sleep apnea (obstructive and central), insomnia, narcolepsy, somnambulism (sleep walking), and circadian sleep disorders.

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is defined by repeated episodes of upper airway closure during sleep that result in recurrent oxyhemoglobin desaturation and sleep fragmentation. In the general adult population, the OSA syndrome occurs in 4% of men and 2% of women. The prevalence of OSA is rising in conjunction with increasing rates of obesity, with 5-year incidence rates of 7%–11% in middle-aged adults.

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Medical Student Activities at ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2017
ACP's annual meeting, IM17, will be held from Thursday Mar 30 to Saturday Apr 1 in San Diego. Our Council of Student Members is looking forward to seeing you there!

Be sure to review the full schedule of Medical Student activities offered at the meeting.

Student Registration for the meeting is FREE.  Click here to find out more!

Medical Students Needed to Work at Internal Medicine 2017
Earn while you learn!

The American College of Physicians is recruiting medical students to act as standardized patients at Internal Medicine Meeting 2017 to be held March 28 - April 1, 2017 in San Diego, CA at the San Diego Convention Center.

Students are needed for:

  • The Point-of-Care Ultrasound for Internists and Hospitalists pre-course on Tuesday, March 28 and Wednesday, March 29, 7:30am - 5:00pm. Students can sign-up for one or two days, and will receive a stipend of $75 per day.
  • Ultrasound-guided activities in the Herbert S. Waxman Clinical Skills Center, Thursday, March 30 through Saturday, April 1.  Students who register will receive a stipend of $20 per hour.

These are noninvasive workshops, and students will be used to demonstrate ultrasound technique and imaging of normal anatomy.

If you live in the San Diego area or are planning to attend Internal Medicine Meeting 2017 and would like to participate, please click here to see available time slots and to register.

Please share this announcement with your classmates.

If you have any questions, please contact Colleen Poole at or at (215) 351-2597.

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