October 2019


New Mexico cares for migrants

While Texas has frequently made the news recently for its border health crisis, its next-door neighbor New Mexico has also seen an increase in families with children crossing its border with Mexico, many seeking asylum from countries in Central America. The state has also had to deal with recent immigrants transported there by federal officials from other states.

I.M. Internal Medicine

Spotlight: Eric J. Ulloa, MD, FACP, MMM, Governor, ACP Central America Chapter

I attended a primary and secondary Jesuit school here in Panama. In your penultimate year, there's a social campaign where you spend six weeks in a poor, rural community, living and working (digging wells, latrines, and other activities) with that population. It exposed me to the suffering of these communities.

Medical Student Perspectives

Reflections of a Graduating Medical Student

It was mid-2010, during biology class in high school. The second quarter of the academic year had begun a few days ago and we were going to have our first lecture, which was about cell biology. I was mesmerized by the complex processes that occurred in a microscopic, molecular level that would result in the building blocks of the correct (or sometimes incorrect) functioning of higher order systems, and as we began to review each organ system I knew that this is what I wanted to get into.

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Advocacy Update

ACP Joins Other Physician Organizations in Outlining Steps to Rein in Gun Violence

(from the September 6, 2019 ACP Advocate)

Calling for common-sense changes, the American College of Physicians and six other organizations representing America's frontline physicians are redoubling their efforts to reduce firearm-related injuries and death.

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

On Being a Doctor – Of What Remains

Dr. Pyzer wonders, “Is it better or worse to know that something remains of our past once dementia robs us of our present?”

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

Influence of Individual-Level Neighborhood Factors on Health Promoting and Risk Behaviors in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL)

There is a consistent body of evidence which indicates that neighborhood context influences a range of health behaviors and outcomes, yet there remains a dearth of research investigating the impact of neighborhood environment on immigrant health, particularly among Hispanic/Latino populations of diverse national backgrounds.

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.

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Get Involved

ACP Council of Student Members Call for Nominations

The Council of Student Members (CSM) is currently seeking candidates to fill vacant seats for 2020-21. Nominations are due by November 1, 2019 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 acpgovernance@acponlne.org.

ACP Abstract Competition

ACP will hold a National Abstracts Competition as part of Internal Medicine 2020. The meeting will take place April 23-25 in Los Angeles, CA. 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 portal will open on Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

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ACP IMpact's Medical Student Perspective series presents essays by medical students on their experience on medical school. Find out more, and review our submission guidelines.


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