October 2016

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Feature: ACP Leads Collaborative Effort to Allow Students Meaningful Access to Electronic Health Records
Almost all schools and their affiliated hospitals and clinics now use an electronic health record (EHR).  But as a student,

  • Have you been taught how to use it?
  • Are you allowed full access to the EHR?
  • Can you write meaningful notes in it?
  • Are you able to write orders using the EHR?

If you answered “No” to any of these questions, you may be worried that you might not be fully prepared to care for patients when you reach residency.

Medical  Student Perspective: Coping Strategies to Prevent Burnout During Medical School
Medical school can be an exciting time of growth and learning. It is also an intense and highly demanding environment. The competing strains on your time can stretch your usual coping mechanisms. Chronic stress can carry physical and mental health risks along with burnout.

My Kind of Medicine: Real Lives of Practicing Internists
Ruben Mesa, MD, FACP, spends his free time training as an active triathlete and once competed in an Ironman triathlon as a fundraiser for his patients. As a hematologist at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, he brings the same passionate approach to internal medicine through his three-part work as a researcher, professor and patient caregiver.

Winning Abstracts: Pretending to be the Great Pretender
The Treponema pallidum species of bacteria has been called “Treponema pretendium” for its ability to mimic other infectious and non-infectious diseases. The Treponema genus has at least four subspecies that cause disease in humans. Infection by spirochetes continue to be a preventable cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide.

ACP holds a National Abstracts Competition as part of the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting every year. Find out more about the ACP National Abstract Competition.

Advocacy Update: Lessons from the Life and Death of Jessica Jacobs
The life and death of 29-year-old Jessica Jacobs have shed new light on how the health care system treats patients -- perhaps adding an exclamation point to the need for more patient-centered care.

Analyzing Annals: Hearing Health Care: Review of a Report From the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Hearing loss affects about 30 million persons in the United States. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recently released a report on hearing health care for adults. This commentary summarizes findings and recommendations from that report that are particularly relevant for physicians.

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.

Subspecialty Careers: Rheumatology
Rheumatology is the subspecialty of internal medicine that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of medical diseases of the joints, muscles, and connective tissues. Although traditionally thought of as dealing primarily with joint diseases such as arthritis, physicians trained in rheumatology (“rheumatologists”) possess expertise in evaluating and managing a wide spectrum of disorders related to the musculoskeletal system, including systemic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases that may also involve other organ systems.

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Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is currently the most common vector-borne disease in the United States—the estimated number of cases per year exceeds 300,000. Borrelia burgdorferi, a spirochete, is transmitted by the bite of infected Ixodes ticks. These ticks have a 3-stage lifecycle: larvae, nymph, and adult, and take 1 blood meal at each stage.

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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.

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