September 2021

ACP IMpact


COVID-19 and the Burden of Precautions Fatigue

(from the July 2021 ACP Hospitalist)

At this stage of the pandemic, some clinicians are feeling exhausted by precautions.

I.M. Internal Medicine

Spotlight: Christian A. Gericke, MD, PhD, MPH, MSc, MBA, FACP

Read more about how Dr. Gericke fell in love with neurology and why he also pursued public health.

ACP Council of Student Members (CSM) Spotlight

Fighting Health Care Inequities With Culturally Sensitive Treatment Strategies: A Message to Our Fellow Medical Students

As first-year medical students, we were first introduced to the concept of health disparities by discussing those that most impacted the patients in our region. Of course, we learned the buzzwords and the definitions behind public health and the factors that influence it. However, what stuck with me most was being able to apply those concepts to my own community.

Medical Student Perspective

Humility and Wonder

“Look what I can do!” Michael had a childlike appreciation for the world around him. He always hoped that other people would share his sense of wonder.

Advocacy Update

AMA, ACP Take on Systemic Racism in Medicine

(from the July 16, 2021 ACP Advocate)

In moves aligned with the American College of Physicians positions on systemic racism, the American Medical Association (AMA) doubled down on its efforts to foster diversity and inclusion in health care during a special virtual meeting of the House of Delegates, the group's policy-making body, held June 12 to 16, 2021.

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

Clinical Practice Points: Toward Understanding COVID-19 Recovery: National Institutes of Health Workshop on Postacute COVID-19

Heterogeneous disease manifestations are now recognized among some persons after initial recovery from SARS-CoV-2 infection. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases convened a virtual workshop to summarize existing knowledge and to identify key knowledge gaps regarding this condition.

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

Patient Perspectives on Televideo in Upstate New York

Due to its widespread human-to-human transmission and associated mortality rates across the world, the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has impacted many aspects of the healthcare system, including delivery of care. With physical distancing orders in place, Albany Medical Center integrated telemedicine options for the outpatients it serves.

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

Women's Health

Women's Health focuses on developing expertise in health issues that are unique to women, are more common in women, or may present differently in women. Women's Health training programs are highly variable in focus but frequently provide more advanced expertise beyond that gained in usual internal medicine training.

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


This review focuses on the diagnosis and management of menopause, highlighting both hormonal and nonhormonal treatment options. In particular, the article focuses on recent data on the risks and benefits of hormone therapy to help clinicians better counsel their patients about decision making with regard to understanding and treating menopause symptoms.

Get Involved

September Is Women in Medicine Month

ACP is committed to addressing the unique challenges female physicians confront over the course of their careers. Check out our wealth of resources at ACP Online. Also, be sure to register for these upcoming webinars:

Why Inclusion and Equity Matter for Women in Medicine and the Profession
Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. ET

Personal Branding: Knowing and Promoting You
Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. ET

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

IMIG Event Inspiration

Virtual Case Buster

The virtual “Case Buster” event was a favorite for both faculty and students at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University! The case was written by the ACP IMIG faculty advisor, faculty physicians, and student leaders. Shortly after people joined the large group, they were split up into breakout rooms of four students and one physician. Under the physician’s guidance, students worked through the case and came up with an organized diagnostic and treatment plan. Aside from discussing the medicine, students also addressed socioeconomic determinants of health and other barriers to accessing healthcare that were relevant to the case. Students appreciated how this event was low stakes, and afforded them the opportunity to interact with faculty physicians from across the state of Washington. See more IMIG event ideas.

Chapter Chatter

Missouri ACP Subspecialty Video Series

Missouri ACP created a video series featuring interviews of members from a variety of subspecialties within Internal Medicine. The interviews provide insight into their area of work, what took them down that path, and an inside look into their workday. Additionally, each video provides information on topics such as work-life balance, interviewing tips, what to look for in an employer, and some of the obstacles they have overcome in their careers. Watch videos.


“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 in the emergency department for sharp, nonradiating pain in the left lower quadrant that has persisted for 2 days. She reports no fever, diarrhea, or blood in stools and has not traveled recently. Her last colonoscopy, performed 1 year earlier, showed pandiverticulosis.

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


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