April Observer Contents
Doctors struggle to balance professionalism with the pressures of everyday practice
As practice pressures build, physicians are looking for ways to do right by patient care.
Students, residents and educators putting new emphasis on professionalism
Grants from the ABIM Foundation are helping five schools put the professionalism charter into practice.
Goodbye 'inpatient physicians,' hello 'hospital medicine'
The organization representing hospitalists has changed its name to reflect growth and changes in the field.
Diuretics for hypertension get a big boost, but will data change prescribing patterns?
While experts say diuretics are underused, some physicians remain skeptical.
New Pap guidelines reduce screening but raise concerns about compliance
Some worry that the call for less frequent Pap tests will reduce patient compliance with regular screening.
How the new Medicare rates will affect your practice
Get answers to your questions about the new Medicare rates implemented on March 1.
How one group gives new meaning to 'virtual' access
Replacing many follow-up visits with e-mail and phone calls has made physicians—and patients—much happier.
New HIPAA rule will protect information security
While physicians have two years to comply, time is running out to implement two earlier rules.
Want to start a practice? The College has tools to help
A College guide explains how to plan for and build a successful practice.
Is it OK to 'practice' on patients who have just died?
While residents need to hone their resuscitation skills, some institutions worry about issues of consent.
How the College develops its public policy agenda
ACP makes sure decision-making flows from the dues-paying members up to the leadership and staff.
College says smallpox vaccination plan should target limited group.
ACP pushes Medicare to cover screenings before colonoscopy.
Bill would boost Medicare pay for doctors in underserved areas.
ACP urges insurer to follow CPT guidelines.
Overcoming the irony of progress to find joy in medicine
It's ironic that we have witnessed amazing progress in medicine, yet experience so little satisfaction and joy as a result.
College members help highlight plight of the uninsured
Members participated in Cover the Uninsured Week events nationwide.
College chapters present 13 Laureate awards.
Free pocket guide helps physicians detect chemical terrorism.
Three new videos teach clinical skills.
Buy MKSAP for Students for new low price of $20.
The MKSAP Challenge
A pregnant patient is short of breath and coughing pink sputum. What's the likely diagnosis?
Ralph F. Reinfrank, MACP
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