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October 2020

Feature

Healing the Homeless During COVID-19

(from the September 2020 ACP Internist)

Communities are protecting homeless residents from crowded shelter conditions during the pandemic by using Federal Emergency Management Agency funding to provide shelter in hotel and motel rooms.


I.M. Internal Medicine

Spotlight: Ana Núñez, MD, FACP

Enjoy the new question and answer format of I.M. Internal Medicine interviews! Find out about IM docs: their educational background, professional interests, and personal passions.


Council of Student Members (CSM) Spotlight

Double the Doc, Double the IMpact!

The pathway to a dual-degree career by any route is long and daunting. For students in dual-degree programs, professional memberships can sometimes become difficult to prioritize.


Medical Student Perspective

Can Physician Advocacy Turn the Tide on the Antivaccination Movement?

In a packed room filled with people who had traveled from all over New York State, the Senate health committee meeting began in the Albany capitol building. As a fourth-year medical student and an intern at the New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians, it was my first time attending a meeting there. Bills for discussion included a consent requirement for pelvic examinations conducted under anesthesia in addition to a host of other issues. I introduced myself to the person standing next to me and quickly found that he was there as a supporter of the antivaccination movement. After telling him my role and the reason for my being there, I sensed the warmth he had previously displayed dissipate and focused my attention toward the proceedings.


Advocacy Update

ACP Speaks Out Against Attacks on Science During Pandemic

(from the September 11, 2020 ACP Advocate)

As the potential for a coronavirus vaccine comes into focus, the American College of Physicians is standing up for science and responding to ongoing attacks on facts and expertise.

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

Annals Clinical Decision Making: Communicating Risk and Engaging Patients in Shared Decision Making

Patients must be involved in weighing risks and benefits when deciding on their care, particularly when uncertainty exists regarding outcomes. This article in the Annals Clinical Decision Making series addresses how to best communicate risks and benefits to ensure the pertinent issues and facts are understood by the patient to enable meaningful, shared decision making.

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

Medical Students' Self-Reported Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes Towards Lifestyle Medicine

Lifestyle medicine (LM) is a growing field that aims to address the root cause of chronic disease through lifestyle interventions in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, stress management, and other behavior modification. Much of the discipline's success is dependent upon training new medical professionals in the tenants of lifestyle medicine. At the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, students receive curriculum dedicated to this topic, as well as training in motivational interviewing and behavioral change theory. This study aimed at characterizing students' self-reported knowledge, skills, and attitudes towards LM. We hypothesized that students' knowledge of LM and competence in prescribing lifestyle interventions would increase as they progressed through medical school.

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

Allergy and Immunology

Allergy and immunology involves the management of disorders related to the immune system. These conditions range from the very common to the very rare, spanning all ages and encompassing various organ systems.


In the Clinic

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus) is characterized by aberrant activity of the immune system, leading to variable clinical symptoms. Lupus is more prevalent in African American women and women in other ethnic minority groups. Diagnosing, treating, and identifying novel therapies for lupus is challenging because of its genetic and phenotypic heterogeneity. Lupus nephritis is the most common target-organ manifestation and requires individualized care to minimize toxicity. A multidisciplinary approach to caring for pregnant patients with lupus is essential to optimize outcomes.


Medical School During COVID-19

Guidance for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) Matching in Internal Medicine in 2021 Webinar – October 5, 2020

After our webinar this past August addressing concerns about the 2021 Match, we received many questions from international medical graduates (IMGs). We're happy to announce that we're holding another webinar, specific to IMGs applying to internal medicine in the United States, on October 5, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., ET.

Sponsored by the ACP Council of Student Members and presented in conjunction with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates | Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (ECFMG®|FAIMER®) and the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM), this panel discussion will combine perspectives from a key stakeholder and experienced residency program directors from a variety of U.S. training programs to discuss the impact of pandemic-related changes on the residency application and Match processes.


Get Involved

Council of Student Members Call for Nominations

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 acpgovernance@acponline.org


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