May 2019


Weighing Benefits, Harms of Cannabis

(from the April 2019 ACP Internist)

Marijuana use has risen, so internists need to understand its real risks as well as its potential clinical uses, such as for chronic pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and multiple sclerosis spasticity symptoms.

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

I.M. Internal Medicine

Meet the Officers: Robert McLean, MD, FACP, and Douglas M. DeLong, MD, FACP

ACP is delighted to introduce our incoming ACP President, Dr. Robert McLean, and our incoming Chair of the Board of Regents, Dr. Douglas M. DeLong. Read on to learn about who they are, where they're from, their careers and their hobbies.

Medical Student Perspectives

Why Do You Want to Do That?

For better or worse, these seven words have become a part of me throughout the course of my medical education. However, I am grateful for them, because they have probed me to reflect on why people say this to me.

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Advocacy Update

ACP Leadership Day Reflection

“He's not a heart transplant candidate. He doesn't have secondary insurance to cover all the costs,” the attending explains. Our jaws drop, shocked and aggrieved. The only thing holding this man back from potentially life-prolonging treatment is lack of money and insurance.”

ACP Leadership Day 2019 on Capitol Hill takes place on May 14-15 in Washington, DC. ACP Medical Student Member Registration is free.

Analyzing Annals

Would You Refer This Patient With Cancer to a Palliative Care Specialist? Grand Rounds Discussion From Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

The importance of palliative care is often emphasized in the treatment of cancer and other serious diseases. However, the necessary features of such care, as well as the term “palliative care” itself, are widely debated.

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


Please join us in congratulating the winners of the 2019 ACP National Abstract Competition. Out of 383 Medical Student entries, the following winners were chosen to present their abstracts at ACP Internal Medicine 2019 in Philadelphia, PA.

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

Medical Oncology

Medical oncology is the internal medicine subspecialty which involves the diagnosis and management of benign and malignant neoplasms. Internists practicing oncology (“oncologists”) typically assist general internists and other physicians in identifying individuals at risk for malignancy and investigating clinical symptoms and syndromes suggestive of underlying cancer.

In the clinic

Screening for Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third leading cause of cancer death among men and women in the United States, but its incidence has been decreasing in the United States by 2%–3% per year over the past 15 years.

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Tell Us About Your School's Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG)

Does your IMIG have a strong presence on your campus? Has your school's IMIG recently hosted a unique or interesting event? If your IMIG club is doing great things to promote internal medicine, ACP wants to feature your group in a future issue of IMpact.

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