March 2018

March is Women's History Month, during which we highlight the historical and contemporary contributions of women to society. The American College of Physicians recognizes the contributions of women to the study of internal medicine, and to the care of patients throughout the world.


Calculate ‘Sum of the Parts' to Pinpoint CV Risk in Women

(from the January 2018 ACP Internist)

Women face a steep increase in cardiovascular risk after menopause, requiring internists to incorporate composite indicators into the annual exam at midlife.

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

Breaking News

ACP Applauds CMS Changes in Evaluation and Management Code Documentation Requirements for Medical Students

After years of advocacy on behalf of medical students, ACP is pleased to announce a change that allows certain student documentation to be included in a patient's medical record upon verification by teaching physicians.

Here is a link to the letter that ACP sent to the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation about student documentation in the electronic health record.

My Kind of Medicine: Real Lives of Practicing Internists

Spotlight: Lavanya Viswanathan, MD, MS, FACP

When Dr. Lavanya Viswanathan turned four, her parents bought her a Fischer-Price doctor's kit. She recalls “carrying it around the house, putting the fake stethoscope up to furniture and stuffed animals. I had no idea what I was doing, but that is what I thought being a doctor was. I thought I was doing what my dad was doing.”

Medical Student Perspective

Lessons Beyond the Books

Match day is approaching and I can barely contain my excitement. I cannot believe how quickly medical school has passed. I can vividly remember waking up at 8:00 a.m. and nervously checking my computer for the Texas medical school announcement. After seeing I had been accepted, I ran to give my mom the incredible news. I had tears of joy running down my face.

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Analyzing Annals

Recommended Immunization Schedule for Adults Aged 19 Years or Older, United States, 2018

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) presents the recommended immunization schedule for adults aged 19 years or older for 2018.

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

The Mechanisms of NMDAR-Dependent Long-Term Potentiation in Nociceptive Synapsese

Chronic pain is a debilitating disorder that affects millions of individuals worldwide. However, treatment and therapy options remain limited, in part, because the basic biological processes regulating nociceptive signaling are not well understood.

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

Interventional Cardiology

Interventional Cardiology represents advanced training in cardiovascular disease and focuses on the invasive (usually catheter-based) management of heart disease.

In the Clinic

Heart Failure

Over the past decade, treatment of heart failure has shifted from focusing on acute exacerbations when the patient is “in” heart failure to treating heart failure as a chronic and potentially preventable syndrome.

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Get Involved

Medical Student Activities at ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2018

ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2018 will be held from Thursday April 19 to Saturday April 21 in New Orleans, LA.

The ACP Council of Student Members has ensured that the Internal Medicine Meeting will offer a welcoming and meaningful experience for all of student attendees, planning activities and events that include a welcome center for students attending the meeting, a social media presence for students, and informal social and networking events.

Other events for students will include presentations by the winners of our Abstracts contest, Stump the Professor, and our popular Jeopardy-style Doctor's Dilemma competition. Student Registration for the meeting is FREE. Find out more about events for Student Members.


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