November 2016

Feature:  Millennials: the Same Doctors in a Changed Environment
What defines the difference between doctors who were born into the "Millennial" generation (born between 1980 and 2000) and doctors from previous generations, and are those differences noteworthy or important to the way we think about this new generation of physicians?

Medical Student Perspective: What If?
I am sure she was saying something important. She must have been saying something important for the past hour, too. I quickly allowed my eyes to scan the room. Most were held in rapt attention, hunched behind the curtain of their laptops. Their fingers moved in a rapid dance across the keyboard as they attempted to chase down the knowledge and capture it. I forced my eyes to return their attention to the speaker.

My Kind of Medicine:  Real Lives of Practicing Internists
As a young physician in the 1970s, Dr. Phil Altus was an early advocate for issues surrounding hypertension and cardiovascular risk factors. Now that he’s retired, he’s keeping his blood pressure low and catching up on the hobbies he’s had since he was a child.

Advocacy Update: Election Preview: Where the Candidates Stand on Health Care
Independent analysts examine Clinton and Trump proposals
Health care issues may not have made many headlines of late in the presidential campaign, but plans put forth by the two major party candidates could alter the landscape for physicians and patients alike, and in strikingly different ways.

Analyzing Annals: Human Trafficking:  The Role of Medicine in Interrupting the Cycle of Abuse and Violence
Human trafficking, a form of modern slavery, has profound consequences for individuals and society. Victims frequently present to a variety of medical settings while being trafficked. Health care professionals should be trained to recognize the symptoms and signs of trafficking to provide victim-centered, trauma-informed medical care and, when desired, referrals to programs that can help interrupt the cycle of abuse. 

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:  The Truth is in the Smear
A 34-year-old Liberian woman with a history of HIV and AIDS diagnosed 10 years prior had not been taking anti-retroviral therapy for the past four years when she presented with two weeks of fever, frontal headache, vomiting, right upper quadrant abdominal pain, and non-productive cough.

Want to have your abstract featured here? ACP holds a National Abstracts Competition as part of the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting every year. See below for more information on submitting an abstract or clinical vignette for this year’s competition, and find out more about the ACP National Abstract Competition.

Reflections on the ACP Abstract Competition
Clinical Vignette Winner, 2014 ACP Abstract Competition: Maria Story, MD

Q: Can you tell me about your background in medicine?
I went to medical school at the University of Iowa, and I’ m currently a third-year internal medicine resident, also at the University of Iowa. I’ m planning to practice general internal medicine when I graduate residency, both a combination of inpatient and outpatient work.

2017 ACP Abstract Competition
ACP will be holding a National Abstracts Competition as part of Internal Medicine 2017. The meeting will take place March 30 - April 1, in San Diego, California. Abstracts are divided into five categories, Basic Research, Clinical Research, Quality Improvement-Patient Safety, High Value Care and Clinical Vignette. ACP Medical Student members are encouraged to submit. A first author may submit two abstracts to the Clinical Vignette category, and one abstract to each of the Research categories.

The submission deadlines for the national competitions will be:

  • November 9, 2016 for the Clinical Vignette competition
  • November 16, 2016 for the Research competitions

Learn more and submit an abstract.

Subspecialty Careers: Sports Medicine
Sports medicine focuses on physical fitness and the treatment and prevention of injuries related to sports and exercise. This frequently includes advising patients on exercise and training, injury prevention, assessment and management of acute athletic injuries, rehabilitation, and care of medical problems of the athlete. 

As many as 3.8 million mild traumatic brain injuries occur annually in the United States. Many of them are sports- and recreation-related, and more than 800 000 Americans seek outpatient care for this injury each year. With more than 40 million children participating in organized sports annually, children and adolescents represent a large proportion of injured persons.

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Council of Student Members Call for Nominations
The Council of Student Members (CSM) is currently recruiting new representatives for terms beginning in April 2017. The CSM is charged with responding to requests from the ACP’s Board of Regents, committees and staff for review of programs, products and services, and advising the Board of Regents and Board of Governors. The application deadline is Tuesday, November 22, 2016. Visit ACP online to learn more.

Medical Students Member Forum
We’re happy to announce a new ACP Medical Student Member Forum. This new ACP Member Forum will allow you to instantly participate in discussions with other medical students about applying to residency, careers in internal medicine, medical student life, and more. You can subscribe to alerts to receive daily email digests showing new posts and linking you directly back into the discussions.

Submit a Medical Student Perspective Essay
Each month, ACP IMpact features a Medical Student Perspective article written by medical students, for medical students.

Share your experiences and thoughts.  Medical Student Perspectives can be on any topic relevant to the medical school experience:

  • What advice can you offer to new medical students?
  • What has inspired you (or continues to inspire you) to study internal medicine?
  • What background, experience, or activities inform your study of medicine?
  • How have your perspectives been challenged (or re-affirmed) as a result of your medical training?

For more topic ideas and information on submitting an essay to IMpact, review the general guidelines for submission. Essays should be sent via e-mail as a Word document attachment to with the subject line: ACP IMpact Submission.

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