November 2021

ACP IMpact

ACP celebrates National Internal Medicine Day October 28th and is proud to represent internal medicine specialists and subspecialists who are united by a commitment to excellence and who make a difference in the lives of their patients every day. Visit for more ways to celebrate including downloadable materials and social media content that you can customize.


Virtual Rounding Beyond the Pandemic

(from the Sept 2021 ACP Hospitalist)

Many hospitals switched to virtual bedside rounding—with most care team and family members participating remotely—during the height of the pandemic. Now, some are hoping to carry forward some of the lessons learned and techniques developed.

I.M. Internal Medicine


(from the April 2019 ACP Impact)

Read Dr. Gomi's account of a particularly challenging and ultimately rewarding moment in her career.

ACP Council of Student Members (CSM) Spotlight

Medical Olympians

Most people would consider medical school a full-time job, but these students had another goal to check off their bucket list.

Medical Student Perspective

Dear Joanna

When we met during my surgery clerkship, I anxiously walked into your room.

Advocacy Update

New ACP Vaccination Policies Support Vaccination Mandates During Public Health Emergency

(from the Oct. 1, 2021 ACP Advocate)

The American College of Physicians announced new policies in September in support of promoting vaccines in the interest of public health, including that employers, schools, public agencies and organizations receiving federal funding may require proof of immunization against highly transmissible diseases during a public health emergency.

Read the full article in ACP Advocate.

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

Effect of Bedside Compared With Outside the Room Patient Case Presentation on Patients' Knowledge About Their Medical Care. A Randomized, Controlled, Multicenter Trial

Medical educators have debated whether teaching rounds on hospitalized patients should be done primarily at the bedside or outside the patient's room.

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

Initial Development and Evaluation of an Algorithm for Identifying Inappropriate Lab Orders

Inappropriate utilization of daily labs—complete blood counts (CBC) and serum electrolyte panels (SEP)—is an important cause of increased costs in the hospital setting.

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 and Combined Training Careers

Transplant Hepatology

Transplant Hepatology represents advanced training in gastroenterology and focuses on the management of advanced liver disease.

See all the career pathways open to internal medicine doctors and explore a “day-in-the-life” of an IM specialist/subspecialist at the bottom of our “Medical Student Career Path page.

In the Clinic

Care of the Patient With Abnormal Liver Test Results

Liver tests are commonly performed in primary care and may signal the presence of acute or chronic liver disease. Abnormal results are defined by standardized rather than individual laboratory thresholds and must be interpreted in the context of a patient's history and examination. The pattern and severity of liver injury may provide clues about the cause of disease and should guide diagnostic evaluation with serologic testing and liver imaging. A systematic, stepwise approach to the evaluation and management of abnormal liver test results is recommended to optimize high-value care.

Get Involved

Celebrate National Internal Medicine Day on October 28

ACP celebrates National Internal Medicine Day on Thursday, October 28, and is proud to represent internal medicine specialists and subspecialists who are united by a commitment to excellence and who make a difference in the lives of their patients every day.

Join ACP in sharing your internal medicine pride by:

  • Using the official hashtags – #NationalInternalMedicineDay, #IMProud, and #IMEssential – in social media posts and to flood the internet with internal medicine pride: recognize a colleague, thank a mentor, or tell your story.
  • Updating your social media profile picture to include a National Internal Medicine Day frame. For Facebook, click here. For Twitter, click here
  • Visiting for more ways to celebrate, including downloadable materials and social media content that you can customize.
  • Following ACP on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and like and share our posts.

And mark your calendar for the #NIMdayChat Twitter chat on October 28 at 8:00 p.m. ET co-hosted by ACP's Council of Early Career Physicians, Council of Resident/Fellow Members, and Council of Student Members.

2022 ACP National Abstract Competition – Deadline November 30

The College sponsors abstract competitions with special categories for student members. Prizes include monetary awards and recognition among your peers. The abstracts portal is now open and the medical student clinical vignette and research deadline is Tuesday, November 30, 2021. See more.

IMIG Event Inspiration

Virtual Jeopardy and Costume Contest

Kansas City University, Joplin held a spooky virtual Jeopardy event last year (with a costume contest) to get into the Halloween spirit.

Chapter Chatter

ACP Japan Chapter Hosts Seminar Series On Becoming a U.S. Doctor

ACP Japan Chapter's student committee hosted an online seminar series called, “A Career in the U.S. As a Doctor.” During the program, students learned about USMLE certification and heard medical students' experiences about working in the U.S. The last iteration of the program had 80 attendees.


“Quiz Me!” Question

Test your medical knowledge each month with questions from The Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program® (MKSAP).

A 27-year-old man is evaluated during a routine health maintenance visit with his internist. He asks about reducing his risk for HIV infection because he has sex with men, has multiple partners, and reports using condoms “sometimes.” Medical history is unremarkable, and he takes no medications.

The Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program® (MKSAP) has been the “go-to” resource for board prep and lifelong learning since 1967. Learn more.


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