December Observer Contents
Pain Management for the Internist
Assessment, Treatment, Follow-Up
Internists wanted for complex adolescent care
A growing number of childhood disease survivors need to transition from pediatric care.
In a difficult flu season, another bug is a big worry
Potent MRSA clones may take advantage of higher flu rates and cause more cases of necrotizing pneumonia.
Computers and Medicine
How two practices are taking patient visits online—and getting paid for them
Two groups are on the cutting edge of a growing trend toward more use of e-mail as a substitute for office visits.
Drug card program turns spotlight on seniors' costs
Physicians help steer patients to resources that can save them money on prescription drugs.
Voters weigh in on mixed bag of state ballot measures Californians approve stem cell research, but citizens in four states deliver no clear mandate on tort reform.
A look at physician compensation
Median compensation for general internists rose almost 3% in 2003.
Headache specialist tackles 'undertreated' condition
Co-editor of new College book outlines strategies for treating a disorder that may affect one in four patients.
Despite new work hour rules, residents need more rest
Training programs try everything from seminars to free taxi services to help housestaff cope with lack of sleep.
College promotes new model to manage chronic care
Designing a new chronic care model is key to improving American health care quality and stretching health care dollars.
Chronic care, performance measures, top BOR agenda
At its October meeting, the Board of Regents takes action on a model of chronic care and new clinical guidelines for treating obese patients.
MKSAP now offers money back on ABIM exam results.
ACP expands content integration of College resources.
ACP creates new affiliate membership class for allied professionals.
College resolutions for spring 2005 Governors meeting are due Dec. 13.
Course to help internists diagnose problem drinking.
Election 2004: the new political realities for medicine
Voters have signaled their desire for small steps, not giant strides, on most of the nation's major health policy issues.
College weighs in on NIH plan for enhanced journal access.
College supports new WHO initiative on HIV/AIDS.
ACP Governor receives national rheumatology award.
What's new in PIER.
The MKSAP Challenge
A 43-year-old man is evaluated because he falls asleep while working at his computer during the day.
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