March 2024

ACP IMpact


Points on Providing Gender-Affirming Care

(from the February 2024 I.M. Matters from ACP)

A primary care clinician describes the importance of listening to patients, respecting their own knowledge about their bodies, and helping to facilitate their individual gender expression and gender goals.

I.M. Matters from ACP is ACP's member newspaper, providing news and information for internal medicine physicians about the practice of medicine and reporting on the policies, products, and activities of ACP.

I.M. Internal Medicine

Spotlight: Carlos Ernesto Nolasco Morales, MD, FACP, AHSCP-CHS

Read how Dr. Morales's childhood in El Salvador accompanying his physician parents to clinics and hospitals inspired him to follow in their footsteps.

Medical Student Perspectives

How Are You Feeling About This?

When I returned home from my first semester as a nutrition counselor for my university's student-run free clinic, my mother was diagnosed with prediabetes. I still remember her reaction when she received this news. She was anxious, her eyes were watery, and she was nervous about telling me.

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.

New Papers From ACP

New ACP Paper Offers Recommendations to Improve Care for Unhoused People

In a new paper, "Meeting the Health and Social Needs of America's Unhoused and Housing-Unstable Populations" ACP offers recommendations for policymakers and physicians to improve the care and social needs of unhoused people. ACP says that physicians and other health professionals should be knowledgeable about screening patients for homelessness and treating unhoused patients, and that this should be incorporated into all levels of medical education. ACP's Chair, Board of Regents, Dr. Eileen Barrett, discusses the paper's recommendations aimed at both preventing homelessness and promoting health care for patients who are unhoused.

Analyzing Annals

Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule, United States, 2024 and Quality Health Communication Is Critical to Optimal Adult Immunization

(from the February 2024 Annals for Educators)

This article provides immunization recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for adults aged 19 years or older. The authors of the accompanying editorial argue that the immunization schedule demonstrates how the CDC has not sufficiently moved on to persuasive communication versus merely providing information about immunization.

Annals for Educators is a Web Exclusives feature of Annals of Internal Medicine which includes activities using selected Annals articles to help medical educators in their teaching activities.

Winning Abstracts from the 2023 Abstracts Competition

Bridging the Gap: How Gender Representation in OBGYN Residency Programs Compares to Other Specialties

The purpose of this study is to evaluate gender representation in Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN) residency programs, compare it to other specialties and assess for change in gender disparity over time.

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

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 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

Immune-Related Adverse Events of Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors

Immune-related adverse events (irAEs) are toxicities that arise after administration of monoclonal antibodies targeting immune checkpoints (immune checkpoint inhibitors [ICIs]) in patients with cancer. They can occur at any time after initiation of ICI treatment, with a broad clinical phenotype that can be organ-specific or systemic.

In the Clinic is a feature of Annals of Internal Medicine which includes practical reviews about the management of common clinical conditions.

Get Involved

Be a Part of ACP Advocacy: Register for Leadership Day 2024 By April 15

Registration is now open for ACP's annual national advocacy event on May 14–15 in Washington, DC! Help ACP increase its presence on Capitol Hill and advocate directly with Congress in support of legislation impacting internal medicine physicians and your patients. The deadline to register is Monday, April 15.

You're Invited to the First Internal Medicine Meeting 2024 Welcome Reception

Join trainees and internal medicine physicians on April 18 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center to network and celebrate the depth and breadth of internal medicine's professional identities and communities. Enjoy drinks and appetizers with a live DJ and dancing. Due to limited space, advance registration is required for $25 per ticket.

IMIG Event Inspiration

Post-Match Panel

The internal medicine interest group at University of California, San Francisco, organized a virtual Match panel consisting of four fourth-year medical students who had recently matched in a variety of internal medicine programs. The panel stressed the importance of preparing for residency at every step in their medical school career. Attended by 40 first, second, and third-year medical students, it was a well-attended event.

Access more IMIG resources on ACP Online.

Chapter Chatter

Expand Your Professional Network with ACP Local Chapter Opportunities

ACP chapters offer local programs and activities for medical students, such as scientific meetings and awards programs. Each chapter is uniquely tailored to the needs and interests of ACP members in that area. More importantly, chapters provide a professional home for medical students and offer opportunities for networking, leadership, and submitting abstracts. Visit your chapter website to learn more about upcoming events and opportunities to get involved.


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