November 2010

Medical Student Perspectives: Is the Physical Exam Dying?

The future of the physical exam has come into question again in both the scientific journals and the popular press. For the last decade or longer, the debate has raged over the value of the annual physical exam. A study by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)1, which began in 1989 and was published in 2006, is commonly cited by opponents of the annual physical.


My Kind of Medicine: Real Lives of Practicing Internists: Nirav Shah, MD

When it comes to New York City, there are two kinds of people-those who can live there and those who cannot. To be a true New Yorker, you have to thrive on the hustle and bustle, the never-ending cycle of action. There is never a dull day in NYC, and the people who make it their home would not have it any other way. That is how Dr. Nirav Shah feels about being a New Yorker. It is also how he feels about being an internist.

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Feature: Finding the Right Mentor for You

Once that you are medical school graduates all you have to remember to say is, "I do not know how to do this! Please help me." Finding the right mentor can really help you along in your journey as a young physician.


Internal Medicine Interest Group of the Month: Meharry Medical College

Since being first featured as the Internal Medicine Interest Group of the Month in the September 2008 issue of IMpact, the Thomas-Hardy Internal Medicine Society (THIMS) of Meharry Medical College's School of Medicine has continued to maintain an abounding presence on the Meharry campus and in the surrounding community of Nashville, Tennessee.


Winning Abstracts from the 2010 Medical Student Abstract Competition: The Sound Of Bleeding

Heyde's syndrome was first reported in 1958 as a correlation between aortic stenosis and gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding. Recently, it has been associated with the triad of aortic stenosis, gastrointestinal angiodysplasia, and acquired von Willebrand syndrome. Several case studies and small series have appeared in the literature, yet, 50 years later, there are no clinical guidelines for evaluation of anemia or GI bleeding in patients with aortic stenosis.


Subspecialty Careers: Highlights about Careers in Internal Medicine: Hematology

The discipline of hematology relates to the care of patients with disorders of the blood, bone marrow, and lymphatic systems, including the anemias, hematological malignancies and other clonal processes, and congenital and acquired disorders of hemostasis, coagulation, and thrombosis.


Did You Know: ACP's Council of Student Members is looking for new representatives?

If you are active in your local chapter, get involved nationally by running for a seat on the ACP Council of Student Members (CSM). The CSM is responsible for planning programs for the annual meeting for medical students and providing a student perspective on current issues impacting the field of internal medicine.