September 2017

This issue highlights Med-Peds (combined internal medicine and pediatrics) in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Med-Peds as an internal medicine discipline.


Tips on Treating Refugees

From the August 2017 ACP Hospitalist

Imagine how an American hospital might appear to a refugee, perhaps someone still struggling with English who has recently left a war-torn and unsettled country. In this strange building, people shuttle in and out of rooms, and there's poking and prodding for tests and procedures, along with seemingly endless questions and intimidating paperwork.

ACP Hospitalist provides news and information about hospital medicine, covering the latest trends and issues in the field.

Medical Student Perspective

Getting Back Up Again

The 1-day-old infant writhed in pain as the nurse searched for her artery. Three failed sticks in the forearm later, she moved onto the brachial artery. I desperately tried to keep the infant still as she fought against me. With the other hand, I gripped the tube of blood as I watched the infant suffer and heard her shrieks between irregular breaths. Her life was just beginning, and she didn't understand why we were hurting her.

My Kind of Medicine: Real Lives of Practicing Internists

Wilson Lam, MD, FACP

Working at a county hospital as a resident, Dr. Wilson Lam was “immersed in a service that had a lot of end-stage cancer patients.” For two months, he moved from bed to bed counseling families, walking them through their diagnosis and initiating discussions about palliative care.

Analyzing Annals

Are There Weapons in the Home?

In this essay, Dr. Sheila M. Quinn tells how the answer to an inquiry about guns in a patient's home led to a disturbing answer and a change in her approach to the issue.

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Winning Abstracts from the 2017 Medical Student Abstract Competition

A Sweet but Lethal Disease

Branched-chain ketoacid dehydrogenase deficiency (also known as maple syrup urine disease or MSUD) is an inborn error of metabolism that renders a person incapable of breaking down branched chain amino acids: isoleucine, leucine, and valine.

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

Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Combined internal medicine and pediatrics (usually referred to as Med-Peds) residency programs provide concurrent, dual training in both internal medicine and pediatrics, and allows eligibility for board certification and independent practice in both disciplines.

In the Clinic


An estimated 36% of adults and 17% of children and adolescents in the United States are obese. Obesity is a serious health problem that has physical and psychosocial consequences. It increases health care costs to employers and reduces productivity. Rates of obesity in the United States and throughout the world have increased dramatically over the past 40 years and continue to rise in many countries.

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