October 2021

ACP IMpact


Pollution Hurts Health, May Pose Pandemic Risk

(from the Sept 2021 ACP Internist)

For decades, research has shown that air pollution poses risk for respiratory and cardiovascular health, and particularly for older and other vulnerable populations.

I.M. Internal Medicine

Ebima Clifford Okundaye, MBBS, FACP

Read more about why Dr. Okundaye's first internship rotation in a renal unit inspired him to subspecialize in nephrology.

ACP Council of Student Members (CSM) Spotlight

Effect Change Through Your Vote

Prior to starting medical school, the right and privilege to vote was not lost on me. My parents instilled a strong sense of civic duty by being very vocal about their own political views.

Medical Student Perspective

What Do Dogs Have to Say About the Wards?

The best job I've ever had was during medical school was when I worked as a dogsitter. When I moved across the country to begin school, I arrived in a new city without the security of my family and the company of my beloved dogs. I turned to dogsitting as a way of earning pocket money, to get to know my neighborhood, but mostly to be around the animals I loved.

Advocacy Update

ACP Continues to Push for COVID-19 Vaccines, Masks in Schools

(from the Sept 3, 2021 ACP Advocate)

The American College of Physicians is doubling down on its efforts to help slow the spread of COVID-19 with calls for vaccination of pregnant women and individuals being held in federal immigration custody, as well as mask mandates in schools.

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

Medical Schools as Racialized Organizations: A Primer

In this article, the authors apply the theory of racialized organizations to medical schools and explore how organizational structures affect racial and ethnic minorities in their ability to succeed in medicine.

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

Secondary Fusions as a Mechanism of BCR-ABL1 Kinase-Independent Resistance in Chronic Myeloid Leukemia

Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is defined by the presence of the BCR-ABL1 fusion protein, which results in constitutively active ABL1 tyrosine kinase activity. Although most chronic phase CML patients can be successfully treated with ABL1 tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), such as imatinib, up to one third of CML patients require alternative treatment.

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

Medical Oncology

Medical oncology is the internal medicine subspecialty which involves the diagnosis and management of benign and malignant neoplasms.

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

Breast Cancer Screening and Prevention

This issue provides a clinical overview of breast cancer screening and prevention, focusing on risk assessment, screening, prevention, and practice improvement. The content of In the Clinic is drawn from the clinical information and education resources of the American College of Physicians (ACP), including MKSAP (Medical Knowledge and Self-Assessment Program). Annals of Internal Medicine editors develop In the Clinic in collaboration with the ACP's Medical Education and Publishing divisions and with the assistance of additional science writers and physician writers.

Get Involved

Apply to Be an Intern in ACP's Washington, DC Office

The 2022 Health Policy Internship application cycle is now open until Oct. 31. The internship provides a multifaceted opportunity for medical students and residents to learn about the legislative process, health policy, and advocacy in organized medicine. Find additional information and application instructions on ACP's website.

Council of Student Members Call for Nominations

The Council of Student Members (CSM) is currently seeking candidates to fill vacant seats for 2022-23. Nominations are due by November 1, 2021 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

2022 ACP National Abstract Competition – Portal Opens Oct. 4, 2021

The College sponsors abstract competitions with special categories for student members. Prizes include monetary awards and recognition among your peers. The abstracts portal opens on Oct. 4, 2021 and the medical student clinical vignette and research deadline is Tuesday, November 20, 2021. See more.

IMIG Event Inspiration

Mobile Health Fair

Last year, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine had to devise an alternative way to serve its local community.

Chapter Chatter

COVID PSA and Podcast From NYACP Med Students

The Medical Student Committee at the ACP New York Chapter wanted to use its voice to encourage people to get the COVID vaccine. The medical students made a Public Service Announcement (PSA) in multiple languages for physicians to share with patients. They also hosted a podcast with one of the Masters of the College from New York, answering COVID FAQs. Watch videos.

ACP Announces Its 2020-2021 Annual Report of the Executive Vice President

Read ACP's just released Annual Report of the Executive Vice President and CEO, which summarizes how the College worked both with and for our members on behalf of internal medicine over the past year. The report highlights the many areas where ACP made significant progress on strategic initiatives and important goals that help support internists and advance the profession of internal medicine. Read report.


“Quiz Me!” Question

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

A 58-year-old woman is evaluated after the incidental discovery of an adrenal adenoma. A CT scan was performed last week to evaluate renal colic; findings were negative. The remainder of the medical history is unremarkable, and she takes no medication.

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


ACP IMpact is copyrighted ©2021 by the American College of Physicians.