November 2018


Treating Patients Afraid to Present

(from the October 2018 ACP Internist)

Effectively treating undocumented patients has always been difficult for physicians, given that lack of insurance and fear of deportation can delay diagnosis and hamper medical care, sometimes to a life-threatening degree. Some fear that the situation will worsen in an existing anti-immigration political climate.

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My Kind of Medicine: Real Lives of Practicing Internists

Spotlight: Valerie J. Lang, MD, FACP

It's not every day you hear someone express a passion for organic chemistry, but it's not surprising when such sentiment is expressed by an internist. “I guess we're kind of a nerdy group,” laughs Dr. Valerie Lang, who admits she loved studying organic chemistry in college.

Medical Student Perspectives

Medical Detective Work: How I Won a National Award by Untangling the Controversy on Adult Rhabdomyosarcoma Management

During a student-mentorship link program in my sixth year of medical school, I attended a multidisciplinary meeting with pathologists, medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, and otolaryngologists to discuss an intriguing case.

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Advocacy Update

Congress and President Sign Off on Funding for Major Health Care Programs

When it comes to federal fiscal matters, the American College of Physicians is breathing a sigh of relief, at least for the time being. Not only has a government shutdown been averted, with legislation signed to keep the doors open through early December.

The ACP Advocate is a bi-weekly e-newsletter that provides ACP members with news about public policy issues affecting internal medicine and patient care.

Analyzing Annals

Prevalence and Distribution of E-Cigarette Use Among U.S. Adults: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2016

Given the rapid adoption of e-cigarettes despite unclear benefits and harms, understanding use patterns, together with those of combustible cigarettes, is important for efforts to safeguard public health.

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

Model of an Interdisciplinary Medical-Legal Partnership at a Student Run Free Clinic

Unmet civil legal needs have a negative impact on overall health. 86% of civil legal needs remain unaddressed because legal services are limited. The medical-legal partnership (MLP) was created to better address the connection between poverty and poor health.

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

Sleep Medicine

Physicians trained in Sleep Medicine focus on the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disturbances and disorders. Examples of conditions seen by sleep medicine physicians include sleep apnea (obstructive and central), insomnia, narcolepsy, somnambulism (sleep walking), and circadian sleep disorders.

In the Clinic


People with insomnia have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, and/or waking up too early. The result may be poor-quality sleep or sleep of insufficient duration that can cause excessive daytime sleepiness, irritability, and lack of energy.

Get Involved

Council of Student Members Call for Nominations

The Council of Student Members (CSM) is currently recruiting new representatives for terms beginning in April 2019. 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. Applications must be submitted via email no later than Thursday, November 1, 2018. See the CSM Call for Nominations to learn more.

ACP Abstract Competition

ACP will hold a National Abstracts Competition as part of Internal Medicine 2019. The meeting will take place April 11 - 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, PA. 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. Review the guidelines and submit your abstract by Wednesday, November 14, 2018.


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