September 2018

Women in Medicine Month

September is Women in Medicine Month, during which we highlight the vital role of women in the medical profession. In recognition of the significance of women in medicine, this issue of IMpact features articles about the contributions of women to the study and practice of internal medicine.


Medicine's #MeToo Movement

(from the May 2018 ACP Internist)

Experts see the increase of women involved in medicine as an opportunity to investigate and then implement solutions to combat sexual harassment.

ACP Internist provides news and information for internists about the practice of medicine and reports on the policies, products, and activities of ACP.

My Kind of Medicine: Real Lives of Practicing Internists

Spotlight: Farzanna S. Haffizulla, MD, FACP

(Reprinted from October 2014)

If anyone has earned the right to add “expert on work/life balance” to her CV, it is Dr. Farzanna Haffizulla, wife and mother of four, internist, author, entrepreneur, health correspondent, leader, teacher, and motivational speaker.

Medical Student Perspectives

What Hurricane Harvey Taught Me About Patient Care

“Apocalyptic” was the word used by my fellow volunteers at the local church, a temporary shelter for displaced families on post-hurricane-landfall day three.

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Advocacy Update

ACP Calls Attention to Harm Caused by Separation and Detention of Immigrant Families

“As an organization of specialty and subspecialty physicians who take care of adults, ACP is committed to supporting the health and well-being of our patients through disease prevention and health promotion,” said Dr. Ana María López, ACP's president.

Analyzing Annals

Women's Health Policy in the United States: An American College of Physicians Position Paper

In this position paper, the American College of Physicians (ACP) provides policy recommendations to improve the health of women in the United States through a health care system that supports their needs throughout the lifespan.

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

Case of the Tortoise and the Hare: When “Slowly-and-surely” Loses the Race

Prompt treatment with etoposide and dexamethasone should be initiated when there is high clinical suspicion for Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) based on the recently validated HScore, even when the diagnostic criteria outlined by HLH-2004 is not met at the time of presentation.

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Subspecialty Careers

Women's Health

Basic training in internal medicine is a three-year (frequently termed “categorical”) residency training program. Following completion, individuals are prepared for board certification in internal medicine and prepared to practice general internal medicine.

In the Clinic

Breast Cancer Screening and Prevention

Breast cancer is the most common nonskin cancer in women, accounting for about 23% of all cases of cancer in women. For U.S. women, the cumulative lifetime risk for invasive breast cancer is 12%.

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