April 2008


Is the generation gap a growth opportunity?

Younger physicians enter medical school and their careers with a much different take on work-life balance than their teachers, mentors and employers. But each generation brings strengths to the workplace.

‘Preventive ethics' come into play when a DNR is confusing

A case study examines how a hospitalist handled confusing and conflicting demands placed by a do-not-resuscitate order.

Editor's Note: Family ties help close the generation gap

When Lawrence Smith, FACP, was a medical resident in the 1970s, it was commonly assumed among his peers that getting ahead required long hours and hard work, often at the expense of a personal life.

Letters to the Editor

Kudos for cosmetics and for ACP’s Women in Medicine project

Compared to mustard plants, humans have yet to ‘ketchup’

The early results from the Human Genome Project suggested that humans are at first glance genetically less complex than a mustard plant.

Highlights in April from other ACP publications

A new feature outlines the College’s latest offerings from other publications.

Managing risk: a little attention equals a lot of prevention

Fourth in a six-part series on small practice issues.

When and how to use new phone and Internet E/M coding

There are three new codes for providing E/M over the telephone and one new code for E/M services provided via Internet resources

A road map can guide locum tenens travels

Working as a locum tenens has become more alluring to physicians with varying levels of experience.

The best self-management is ‘specific, do-able and realistic’

Second in a three-part series: Simple ways to engage patients in their own health care

Barrett's esophagus: screening guidelines are in flux over reflux

Barrett’s esophagus, which is associated with chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease and is sometimes a precursor to cancer.

Capital location inspires political theme for annual meeting

Washington, D.C., is lending not just a location but also a theme to many of the offerings at Internal Medicine 2008.

Mentoring and networking at IM 2008

Celebrate, learn, network, or relax with these special programs at Internal Medicine 2008.

Doctors lobby for health care reform on Leadership Day

Every spring, contingents of ACP members from around the country converge on Capitol Hill for Leadership Day.

Hands-on learning is the new Clinical Skills Center's mission

New sights and sounds will greet visitors to the Herbert S. Waxman Clinical Skills Center

Food and fun available in the nation's capital

ACP’s staff in Washington, D.C., have years of experience in helping shape national health policy, but for them the dining is all local.

Out and about: D.C.'s neighborhoods, exhibits and monuments

Things to do in DC while you're at Internal Medicine 2008.

Musical ACP members juggle conference with performance

Musically inclined ACP members will juggle their schedules at Internal Medicine 2008

Fentanyl pain-relief patches recalled for packaging defect

Warnings, recalls, label changes, and approvals.

Dear blog, my patients are nuts. Signed, anonymous

At the drive-up pharmacy, you hear the woman complaining about the size of her Lipitor co-payment. Then you spy a half-eaten Big Mac languishing on her dashboard.

Presidential candidates need to leap generation gaps

Do generational differences affect presidential politics?

Diversity of medical students by parental income

The American Association of Medical Colleges reported a recent rise in the number of medical school graduates who come from families with incomes in the highest quintile.

ACP's widely cited paper on universal access grew out of intensive policy development process

Achieving consensus on complicated policy issues to produce meaningful, evidence-based policy presents a significant challenge for large membership organizations like ACP.

Passing the Baton to ACP's next president

After completing my year as President of the College, it is time to pass the baton.

College News

ACP seeks workshop topics, and chapter awardees are honored.