November 2020

Today Is National Internal Medicine Day!

This special day recognizes and celebrates internists and the essential work they do every day.

Help ACP celebrate National Internal Medicine Day by sharing your internal medicine pride! Download and I.M. Proud Zoom background and update your social media profile to include a NIM Day frame.

Make sure to use the official hashtags–#NationalInternalMedicineDay,#IMProud,#IMEssential.


Easing Screens for Intimate Partner Violence

(from the October 2020 ACP Internist)

Internists can be leaders in addressing intimate partner violence, a problem for which effective screening tools and interventions are available.

I.M. Internal Medicine

Spotlight: Jennifer Kogan, MD, FACP

Find out more about internal medicine physicians: why they chose IM, their professional interests, and their personal passions.

Council of Student Members (CSM) Spotlight

Virtual Residency Interviews in the Time of COVID-19

Studying the crown-bearing, cloak-encapsulated King of SARS from SketchyMicro has new meaning for medical students now. We had no idea of the impact coronaviruses would have on the residency program application process back when we identified them among other RNA viruses for medical school exams and USMLE STEP 1. Among the many changes to medical training during the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most drastic is the shift to virtual residency interviews in light of continued social distancing measures and travel restrictions.

This article is a follow-up to Navigating the 2021 Internal Medicine Match During the Time of COVID-10 webinar held in August 2020.

Medical Student Perspective

From Here

In college, we were at the top of our class, the winners of scholarships and awards, the leaders of campus organizations. We were the ones our classmates looked up to and the names our teachers used as examples. We worked hard, and, rightfully, those efforts always delivered results: good grades; good MCAT scores; and, finally, medical school admission.

Advocacy Update

Relevance of ACP's New Vision Policy Papers Magnified Amid Current Health Care Issues

(from the October 9, 2020 ACP Advocate)

Since the American College of Physicians released its landmark New Vision for health care in the United States in January, the country has experienced the coronavirus pandemic, the reckoning over systemic racism and the devastation of natural disasters linked to climate change. ACP's detailed roadmap to the future is more important than ever.

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

How Hospital Stays Resemble Enhanced Interrogation

Review of the Central Intelligence Agency's manual on enhanced interrogation techniques reveals disturbing analogies between the unintentional consequences of some hospital practices and those aimed at purposefully disorienting and dehumanizing prisoners.

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

Association Between Patient Race and Staff Resuscitation Efforts After Cardiac Arrest in Outpatient Dialysis Clinics

Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death among patients receiving maintenance hemodialysis. Despite guidelines recommending that dialysis staff undergo basic life support training and that all dialysis clinics have automated external defibrillators (AEDs) on site, rates of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and AED use by dialysis staff are suboptimal.2 Patient race/ethnicity has been linked to lower rates of bystander CPR in cardiac arrests occurring in non-healthcare settings.3 We examined the likelihood of receiving CPR and AED application by staff within dialysis clinics, based on patient race/ethnicity.

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

Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Palliative medicine aims to relieve symptoms and pain a patient suffers due to a serious illness. Goals of palliative care include reducing suffering, improving the quality of life for a patient, and supporting the patient and family throughout the treatment process.

In the Clinic

Palliative Care

Palliative care prioritizes symptom management and quality of life throughout the course of serious illness. Regardless of whether care is inpatient or outpatient, primary or subspecialty, a solid understanding of the basics of effective communication, symptom management, and end-of-life care is crucial. This article reviews these essentials and provides an overview of current evidence to support patient-centered palliative care.

Medical School During COVID-19

Guidance for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) Matching in Internal Medicine in 2021 Webinar – Recording Now Available

Sponsored by the ACP Council of Student Members and presented in conjunction with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM), this webinar featured Dr. William Pinsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of the ECFMG and a panel of residency program directors from a variety of different types of training programs. See the webinar and Frequently Asked Questions document.

Are you a domestic medical student matching in internal medicine in 2021? See this past webinar provided by ACP and AAIM.

Get Involved

Council of Student Members Call for Nominations – Due Nov 1, 2020

The Council of Student Members (CSM) is currently seeking candidates to fill vacant seats for 2021-22. Nominations are due by November 1, 2020 and details for submitting are included in the CSM Call for Nominations. If you have any questions about the elections, please contact ACP staff at

Apply to ACP Virtual National Abstracts Competition 2021

ACP will be holding a Virtual National Abstracts Competition in May 2021. 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. Learn more and apply!


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