October 2017


Caring for Ex-Prisoners Presents Management Challenges

From the September 2017 ACP Internist

When caring for patients who have been released from prison, internists must consider the economic and social obstacles that can impact the plan of care, as well as the difficulty of coordinating with jails and prisons and obtaining patients' medical records.

ACP Internist provides news and information for internists about the practice of medicine and reports on the policies, products, and activities of ACP.

Medical Student Perspective

Learning From Your Community: Walking With “the Homeless”

I remember the first few times as a child seeing homeless people on the cold streets of Toronto. For a long time I thought that homelessness was simply a city thing. Whenever my family traveled south to the “big city” and walked the streets, I would see these people lying on the sidewalks on top of the city grates, or by the subway entrances and exits, holding out cups with some small change in them.

My Kind of Medicine: Real Lives of Practicing Internists

Fatima Syed, MD, MSc

In April 2017, Dr. Fatima Syed worked with her mentor and attending, Dr. Monika Shirodkar, to start a diabetes-focused health clinic in South Philadelphia, serving an underserved population and experiencing first-hand the challenges many face when seeking medical care on a daily basis. The choices that led her down the path to helping others and sparked her interest in health care advocacy began in Syed's youth.

Advocacy Update

ACP Reaffirms Its Stance on Hate Crimes as a Public Health Issue

As violence erupted in Charlottesville, Va., in mid-August, propelling hate crimes back into the national conversation, the American College of Physicians did not take a seat on the sidelines. Rather, the College stepped forward to help call attention to the public health effects of hate crimes.

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

Is Lack of Insurance Deadly?

An Institute of Medicine (IOM) review in 2002 concluded that lack of insurance increases mortality, but several relevant studies have since appeared. This article summarizes current evidence concerning the relationship between insurance and mortality.

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 2017 Medical Student Abstract Competition

Analyzing the Effects of a Longitudinal Medical Student Curriculum in Diabetic Patients

With the expanding healthcare burden of chronic disease, it is important to find novel and inexpensive ways to prevent disease and equally important to educate medical students regarding the social determinants of 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

Adolescent Medicine

Adolescent medicine focuses on the physical, psychological, social, and sexual development of adolescents and young adults. Adolescent medicine involves understanding the unique medical and behavioral issues associated with this patient population, and may include preventive, acute, and chronic care of these individuals.

In the Clinic


Worldwide, unipolar depression is a leading cause of disability and loss of years of productivity. Economically, the cost associated with depression is expected to nearly triple by 2030, and recent analyses have identified a return of $4 for every $1 spent on depression care.

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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 2018. 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 Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Visit ACP online to learn more.

ACP Abstract Competition

ACP will be holding a National Abstracts Competition as part of Internal Medicine 2018. The meeting will take place April 19 - 21, 2018, in New Orleans, Louisiana. 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 deadline for all student abstract submissions is Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST.

Learn more and submit an abstract.


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