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September 2014

Feature: Free Webinar: What is Internal Medicine Anyway?

Join ACP for our upcoming free webinar, "What is Internal Medicine Anyway?" on Wednesday, September 17 at 7:00 PM EDT. This free one-hour event will help you gain a better understanding of what internal medicine is and how it is structured.

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Medical Student Perspectives: 10 Tips on How to Be Happy in Medical School

To some fellow medical students, happiness may be shrugged off as a weak emotion or a last priority. Other medical students would say that happiness is the key to making the medical school experience memorable and positive. I believe that to be happy is a wonderful feeling, and when I am happy, I am more efficient, productive, and enthusiastic.

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My Kind of Medicine: Saad Z. Usmani, MD, FACP

Trading cricket whites for medicine's white coat; Dr. Usmani discusses his path to becoming a hematologist/oncologist/clinical researcher.

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Analyzing Annals: The Medicare Data Release Conundrum

These papers discuss the recently released Medicare payment data, which showed individual physician's payments from Medicare.

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Advocacy Update: Apply Now for ACP's 2015 Washington Internship

Spend a month in Washington learning about health policy and advocating for internal medicine.

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Winning Abstracts from the 2014 Medical Student Abstract Competition: Association Between Outpatient "No-shows" and Subsequent Clinical Outcomes

To improve care and achieve performance targets, healthcare systems focus on patients at high risk for not achieving preventive cancer screening and chronic disease management goals. We hypothesized that patients with a higher propensity for missed outpatient appointments, or "no-shows," will have lower colorectal cancer (CRC) screening and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) goal attainment over the following year.

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Subspecialty Careers: Nephrology

The word nephrology comes from the word nephros, the Greek word for kidney. Nephrology involves the diagnosis and management of diseases of the kidneys, the contiguous collecting system, and the associated vasculature.

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In the Clinic: Hypertension

In the Clinic

Hypertension affects more than 65 million people in the United States, with about 2 million new cases diagnosed annually (1, 2). Most patients have primary or essential hypertension and are likely to remain hypertensive for life. Risk factors for hypertension include a family history of hypertension, African-American ethnicity, obesity, a high sodium or alcohol intake, and a sedentary lifestyle.

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In the Clinic is a monthly feature in Annals of Internal Medicine that focuses on practical management of patients with common clinical conditions. It offers evidence-based answers to frequently asked questions about screening, prevention, diagnosis, therapy, and patient education and provides physicians with tools to improve the quality of care. Many internal medicine clerkship directors recommend this series of articles for students on the internal medicine ambulatory rotation.

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