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February 2010

Advocacy Brief: Epocrates 2009's Best Health Policy/Ethics Blog

Want to learn the latest about what is going on in Washington? Check out the ACP Advocate Blog by Bob Doherty, Senior Vice President of the College's Division of Governmental Affairs and Public Policy, recently voted the "Best Health Policy/Ethics" blog in the Epocrates 2009 Medical Blogs Award Program.

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Medical Student Perspectives: Why Should You Attend Leadership Day?

Since President Obama took office just over one year ago, the health care debate in Washington has brought to center stage what many physicians have known for some time. The American health care system is broken and in need of thorough reassessment.

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My Kind of Medicine: Real Lives of Practicing Internists: Leslie Saltzman, DO

Leslie Saltzman's first job was fairly important for a ten-year-old. She didn't hold an official title-she and her mom didn't think it was necessary-but her help filing the billing and storing the Pap smears for her mother's family practice in West Philadelphia, PA, was greatly appreciated, and young Leslie was glad to do it.

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Internal Medicine Interest Group of the Month: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM)

The Internal Medicine Club at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) is proudly one of the largest and most active clubs on campus, extending memberships to 30% of the student body.

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Winning Abstracts from the 2009 Medical Student Abstract Competition: Humate P for Treatment of Persistent, Life Threatening Epistaxis in a Patient with Glanzmann's Thrombasthenia: A Case Report

Glanzmann's thrombasthenia is a rare inherited disorder of platelet function caused by a deficiency or abnormality in the platelet glycoprotein (GP) IIb/IIIa complex. Treatment of Glanzmann's thrombasthenia with transfused blood products and desmopressin (DDAVP) is effective in many patients.

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Subspecialty Careers: Highlights about Careers in Internal Medicine: Transplant Hepatology

Transplant Hepatology training involves one year of additional clinical training after completion of both residency in internal medicine and fellowship training in gastroenterology. Candidates must also complete the following procedural requirements: performance of at least 30 percutaneous liver biopsies, including allograft biopsies; interpretation of 200 native and allograft liver biopsies; and knowledge of indications, contraindications, and complications of allograft biopsies.

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