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San Francisco 2013

How to start and stop bisphosphonates

A new online tool and a few simple rules can inform internists how to start bisphosphonates and when to consider taking a drug holiday at the request of another physician, a dentist or even the patient. More

Don’t be anxious about psychiatric diagnoses

Tips can help physicians with the screening and treatment of mental disorders seen in primary care, including somatoform, bipolar and anxiety disorders. More

‘Party drugs’ require hard work to spot and treat

Taking a history is important for identifying abuse of some drugs that aren’t caught by screening tests but may still have serious consequences for users. More

Making sense of movement disorders

From uncontrollable urges to move to a struggle to make even basic gestures, movement disorders cover a wide range of problems. More

Contraception review offers solutions to a perennial problem

Half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended, a figure on par with developing countries. Women often think they are not at risk of getting pregnant when they most certainly are. More


New Orleans 2012

Making opiates safe, efficient in the office

Managing opiates leads to a host of issues with patients, for pre-empting pain while ensuring communication of clear limits and preventing abuse. These goals confound many internists, but clear-cut and easy guidelines presented at Internal Medicine 2012 can help internists achieve the best outcomes. More

Diving into delicate patient conversations

Delivering unpleasant news is one of the hardest tasks a physician faces. Assessing sensitive topics heightens the difficulty, and two physicians at Internal Medicine 2012 address ways to handle especially sensitive areas: sexual history, and the inability to safely drive a car. More

‘PharManure’ and some drugs to hate the most

Drugs that made this doctor's least-most-wanted list, presented at Internal Medicine 2012, included those that increase costs without improving care, or that raise the risk of antibiotic resistance. More

Internists becoming the ‘gatekeepers’ for genetic testing

Genetic tests have made tremendous advances, and primary care physicians are going to be the ones who determine whether they're used, and how frequently. Here are a few pointers from Internal Medicine 2012 on what criteria to use. More

Fighting obesity means fighting evolution's urges to gorge

Physicians seeking to counsel patients on weight management need to start early, be proactive and discuss activity and nutrition at every visit, said one presenter at Internal Medicine 2012. More

Serve your trainees a feedback sandwich

The end of residency rotation isn't the only opportunity to teach. Assessing physicians should occur continuously, with a clear plan for a conversation between the attending and the trainee. More


San Diego 2011

Evaluating ‘weekend warrior’ knee injuries

Knee injuries are a common complaint attended to in the primary care setting. Many diagnostic tests can be performed in under a minute, sparing unneeded referrals to orthopedists. More

Well visits not just for kids any more

Medicare now reimburses for annual physical exams, so prepare your office, your patients and yourself for the best way to accommodate this into your practice. More

Manage diagnosis, follow-up of depression systematically

Improvements to treating depressive symptoms led to improvements in A1c levels and blood pressure in one internist’s practice. A systematic, manageable approach exists to diagnosis and treatment. More

Vulvovaginal disorders common but commonly misunderstood

Nearly one in eight women have chronic vaginal pain. Although there’s a lack of regular training in internal medicine, the gold standards for diagnosis remain the history and physical, pH and saline wet mount, and a whiff test and biopsy (if indicated). More

Integrate palliative care from early illness onward

The medical community has made progress in palliative care, moving it from the end of the line to a part of a terminal illness’ earliest aspect of care. More

Experts offer advice on oral drugs, insulin for diabetes

Any type 2 diabetic is eventually going to need oral medications, and some on oral medications may eventually progress to needing insulin. The regimens are complex and vary from patient to patient. Learn how to individually tailor such decisions. More

Time away from the office an investment in the time spent in it

A recap of events at Internal Medicine 2011 provides insights into clinical knowledge and the problems facing internal medicine. More

Learning to learn: Ophthalmoscopic skills taught by simulation

Creating an ophthalmoscopic examination simulation model is easy, inexpensive and goes a long way toward improving this basic clinical skill set. Acquaint yourself with abnormalities seen in the office, as well as the motor skills involved with proper use of the instruments. More

Internal Medicine 2011 offers several new pre-courses

New offerings at ACP’s annual meeting will include learning how to use portable ultrasound technology, the anatomy behind and diagnoses of common orthopedic complains, and an expanded neurological course including headache, dizziness and stroke. More

Learning to learn: Simulators are easy, inexpensive to make

There’s no need to spend hundreds of dollars on learning simulators when they can be made with supplies that cost pocket change and a few hours of time. Examples from the Herbert S. Waxman Clinical Skills Center provide step-by-step instructions for learning to drain an abscess. More


Toronto 2010

Use your hands, not just your mind, at Internal Medicine 2010

Preview upcoming attractions and sessions of the College’s annual meeting, being held this year in Toronto. Find events occurring at the meeting, or for those not going, find out how to follow news as it happens. More

Submissions sought for Internal Medicine 2010

The Clinical Skills Subcommittee is now accepting proposals for Internal Medicine 2010. More


Philadelphia 2009

Dermatology lessons learned, warts and all

A crowded and popular scientific session at Internal Medicine 2009 outlines the essentials of psoriasis, eczema, acne, rosacea and warts. More

Treat addicted patients for the long-term

Diagnosing addictions are often based on one question. An expert offers advice to make that one question count, and to move from diagnosis to treatment. More

Spotting thyroid nodules entails history—of patient and art

An art masterpiece inspired goiters as a fashion trend in Baroque-era Europe, and in the modern age kicks off a discussion on diagnosing nodules that can be palpated in only 7% of women and 2% of men. An experts counsels how to detect them. More

Correcting myths about pneumococcus, flu, zoster vaccines

Vaccines have an undeserved bad reputation, so a Master of the College promotes their use and discusses common errors in administration. More

Predicting risk is next challenge in tackling breast cancer

Declining mortality from breast cancer creates a new problem. How will internists decide which patients will benefit from the new treatment and prevention strategies? Also, get an advance look what will influence the next 10 years of treatment. More

Addressing drug interactions when their likelihood is ‘yes’

Once a patient is taking 10 or more drugs, they face drug interactions. Douglas S. Paauw, MACP, addresses the most common problems, including the details of grapefruit juice and statins, thyroid-replacement therapy, proton pump inhibitors and warfarin. More

ACP honors outstanding chapter activities with Evergreen Awards

At Internal Medicine 2009, ACP will present Evergreen Awards to ten chapters. More

Internal Medicine mixes new offerings with old favorites

Clinical news inspired new offerings at this year's annual meeting, but so did current event, with sessions planned on President Barack Obama's first 100 days and the influence of Islam on modern medicine. More

New workshops, clinical skills sessions are on tap

A listing of clinical skills courses at the Herbert S. Waxman Clinical Skills Center. More

Find mentoring and networking events that work for you

Celebrate, network and learn with special courses tailored to ACP members. More


Washington 2008

Internal Medicine 2008
An overview of contents from the July/August issue of ACP Internist, including Internal Medicine wrap-up coverage, a look at the patient-centered medical home, and other articles of note. More

Capital location inspires political theme for annual meeting
April ’08

Mentoring and networking at IM 2008
April ’08

Doctors view Leadership Day as a way to lobby for health
April ’08

Hands-on learning is the new Clinical Skills Center’s mission
April ’08

Food and fun plentiful in the nation’s capital
April ’08

Out and about in Washington, D.C.
April ’08

Musical ACP members juggle conference with performance
April ’08


San Diego 2007

Diagnosing headaches a pain for doctors
Gaining confidence in headache management is first step to successful treatment. (June 2007)

Treat rheumatoid arthritis early, aggressively for best outcomes (June 2007)

Diets, drugs or surgery? The skinny on weight loss
As an obesity expert and researcher whose average patient weighs about 325 pounds, Dr. Fujioka has counseled many people on the best ways to lose weight.(June 2007)

Spring is crawling with critter-borne infections
With warm weather—and tick season—upon us, the good news is that physicians now are spotting infections like Lyme disease earlier in their progression. (June 2007)

Geriatric guidelines help—until there are too many
The studies used to create guidelines don’t always include elderly patients. (June 2007)

Making malpractice a little less scary (June 2007)

Butterflies, happy couples and prescription decisions (June 2007)

Think outside the box when faced with difficult hypertension (June 2007)

Doctors need extra time to treat patients with limited English (June 2007)

Clinical skills, informatics proposals wanted for Annual Session 2007. (March 2006)


Philadelphia 2006

Annual Session offers latest research, flexible format
New tracks, shorter programs and hands-on workshops will highlight diabetes care and pay for performance. (March 2006)

Wanted: workshop proposals for Annual Session 2006. (March 2005)


San Francisco 2005

Save 25% on Update recordings from ACP's 2005 Annual Session. (January-February 2006)

Is it time for universal HIV screening?
With HIV becoming a chronic disease, internists need to manage complex care. (June 2005)

'I feel dizzy' doesn't have to mean a long workup
For most patients with dizziness, a thorough history should provide the diagnosis. (June 2005)

No easy answers when managing financial conflicts
Physicians must navigate a barrage of conflicts in market-driven health care. (June 2005)

Weight loss drugs: Give your patients facts, not lectures
Addressing the pros and cons of medications may be the best way to get patients on track for lifestyle changes. (June 2005)

Empathy, engagement are key to treating alcoholism
It is important to screen and identify every patient for substance abuse. (June 2005)

Owning up to a mistake takes courage—and practice
Role-playing a conversation in which you disclose an error can help prepare you for an unexpected response. (June 2005)

The doctor is out: When the job must come first, make sure kids know why
The children of physicians said understanding their priorities didn't come easy during childhood. (June 2005)

Hospital medicine: New factors drive dramatic growth
Managing greater numbers of surgical and post-op patients are just two of many forces expanding the field. (June 2005)

Annual Session features new ways to stay-up-to-date
First-time tracks will focus on challenging clinical cases, diabetes care, research developments and more. (March 2005)

Annual Session to feature immunization demo. (March 2005)

Annual Session: showcasing internists' artistic talents
The College is soliciting exhibit entries from physicians who are about a lot more than practicing medicine. (January-February 2005)


New Orleans 2004

Common symptoms: When to test, treat
Common complaints can be frustrating, but knowing when to refrain from testing is key. (June 2004)

When should you refer asthma patients for an allergy consult?
While there are no clear cut answers, there are some clues that difficult-to-manage asthma patients could benefit from a subspecialist referral. (June 2004)

Strategies to help patients change their behavior
While relapses may be seen as a failure, they are a critical time for physicians to intervene. (June 2004)

Making a case for overhauling the malpractice tort system
A policy expert argues that even extensive tort reform won't fix what's wrong with the current approach to liability. (June 2004)

Need help giving a presentation? Try tips from two experts
Practice makes perfect when it comes to engaging audiences and getting articles published in prestigious journals. (June 2004)

Medical 'Jeopardy' rounds score big points with residents
Once a regional rivalry, this Annual Session blockbuster now draws teams of Associates from across the country. (June 2004)

When it comes to smoking cessation, more is better
From counseling to combination therapies, sustained engagement and education can break a ferocious habit. (June 2004)

Nature and nurture: twin culprits in obesity epidemic
Counsel patients early, before they become severely obese. (June 2004)

College calls for physician friendly quality measures. (June 2004)

Doctor-patient relationship is the key to revitalization. (June 2004)

Biting into the best of the 'Big Easy'
New Orleans offers some of the world's best restaurants, with a variety of culinary traditions. (April 2004)

Touring New Orleans, from the swamps to the arts
Sightseeing in the Crescent City features steamboats, voodoo shops, house tours, galleries and 'gators. (April 2004)

Young Physicians' Networking Breakfast. (April 2004)

Want to fine-tune your practice? Visit Annual Session
This year's meeting will feature new clinical skills workshops and more opportunities for hands-on learning. (March 2004)

Wanted: internists for 5K fun run at Annual Session. (January-February 2004)



San Diego 2003

Three doctors share innovative strategies for tackling common practice challenges
How physicians used Web-based scheduling, group visits and digital transcription to improve their practices. (May 2003)

Strategies to prevent falls in high-risk elderly patients
Assessing patients' risk factors, managing patients with a history of falls and educating patients to reduce those risks. (May 2003)

Tales from the trenches: tips to revitalize your career
A panel of physicians described how they reshaped their careers and practice settings to regain a sense of satisfaction. (May 2003)

Feeling worn down? Take a look at your life
Down time, nonphysician friends and a knack for juggling are just some of the keys to stay invigorated. (Annual Session News 2003)

How to tell patients you've made a serious mistake
Pointers on communicating with patients about medical errors. (Annual Session News 2003)

Bioterrorism agents physicians should know
An overview of major symptoms and treatments for six biological agents. (Annual Session News 2003)

Navigating the handoff from hospital to community care
Improving the transition period when patients go from hospital to community care. (Annual Session News 2003)

How do you know if your patient is truly informed?
Exploring the sometimes-thorny issues that can surround informed consent. (Annual Session News 2003)

Tips to teach young physicians about more than just disease
How chief residents and educators can make the most of teaching opportunities and encourage professionalism. (Annual Session News 2003)

ACP leaders seek ways to revitalize internal medicine
Attracting more students and alleviating the frustrations of practicing internists are core concerns. (May 2003)

Two new ACP papers explore time pressures, e-consults
The College released two new position papers that touch on issues affecting most internists. (May 2003)

Bioterrorism, other hot topics on Annual Session agenda
This year's meeting will feature a keynote speech from the director of the CDC and other topical sessions (February 2003)



Philadelphia 2002

Drug therapies to treat—and prevent—migraines
Physicians can now offer migraine patients a multi-tiered regimen of drugs to bring needed relief (July-August 2002)

The pros and cons of screening for three cancers
New research calls into question the assumption that detecting cancers earlier saves lives (June 2002)

Strategies to tackle outpatient errors
Tracking test results, referrals and even no-shows can help keep you out of trouble (June 2002)

Tips to treat the psychological fallout of trauma
When treating patients who have endured a traumatic event, physicians must heal them both physically and psychologically (June 2002)

The trouble with vaccines to fight bioterrorism
While vaccines seem like an obvious line of defense against bioterrorism, available drugs are not viable options (June 2002)

Are most chronic illnesses really infectious diseases?
Experts now have a much greater understanding of how microorganisms may cause, trigger or increase the risk of getting a disease (June 2002)

Working with a tough patient? Try these strategies
Changing your interviewing style can go a long way to improving even the most difficult encounter (June 2002)

College unveils new seven-year plan to expand access
The College's new plan would bring health care coverage to all Americans within seven years by building on the nation's public and private health care systems (June 2002)

College to expand recertification negotiations
The College will endorse multiple pathways for recertification and advocate for less onerous requirements for dual recertification (June 2002)

Patient safety is focus of new Annual Session courses
Courses will give attendees practical information on how to prevent and cope with errors in both the hospital and office setting. (March 2002)

Bioterrorism and more at this year's Annual Session
In addition terrorism-related sessions, this year's meeting will be packed with clinical updates, in-depth pre-Session courses and hands-on learning. (January 2002)

Keynote speech: Medicine's response to the events of Sept. 11 (Web Only)

Dr. Hall tells Fellows to step up community involvement (Web Only)

Update session previews
A preview of eight Annual Session update sessions that will review the medical literature on topics including gastroenterology, cardiology, and general internal medicine. (Web Only)

Award winners
Profiles of five internists honored at Annual Session for their work in areas like teaching and community service. (Web Only)



Atlanta 2001

Strategies to make the most of patient appointments
Active listening, the right questions and collaborative decision-making can save time in the long run (June 2001)

Balancing the pros and cons of telephone medicine
Physicians need to make sure they treat patients on the phone as carefully as those they see in the office (June 2001)

Do you know what to look for in Alzheimer's patients?
Generalists rarely catch the diagnosis. Here are tips to help identify—and treat—Alzheimer's disease (June 2001)

Issues to consider when ending life support
Hospital-or hospice-based caregivers must make tough decisions in order to ease the dying process for terminally ill patients (May 2001)

How teams can help during end-of-life care
A team-oriented approach helps patients and physicians better deal with the dying process (May 2001)

Ethical issues in CME, clinical research
How pharmaceutical funding can affect education and for-profit clinical research (May 2001)

Do 'natural' treatments put your patients at risk?
Unlike complementary therapies, alternative medicine offers products and techniques that may be hazardous (May 2001)

Struggling to treat teens? Try talking to them
How physicians can help adolescent patients dealing with risky behaviors and psychosocial stress (May 2001)

Despite their booming numbers, hospitalists face growing pains
While the emerging specialty is growing and gaining acceptance, it faces some challenges in the coming years (May 2001)

Examining the quality 'chasm' in health care
The health care system needs fundamental change if quality measurement and improvement are going to take place (May 2001)

Tips to successfully navigate a 'practice unwind'
Physicians who sold can take back their practices with careful negotiation (May 2001)

Getting ready to sign a contract? Read these tips
To protect yourself in employment negotiations, get everything in writing, and retain a lawyer to help (May 2001)

Tips to give—and receive—feedback
Feedback is a critical teaching tool that both teaching physicians and residents need to master (May 2001)

Scenes from Annual Session (May 2001)

Five physician heroes who influenced one man's career
Dr. Cleaveland pays tribute to physicians who put patient care above their personal needs in difficult situations (May 2001)

The key to understanding gender-based biology
Sexual differences affect every organ and system in the body (May 2001)

Regents explore recertification concerns, solutions
After hearing the objections of Governors and members, College officials adopted five resolutions (May 2001)

College gives update on immunization initiative
The College continues its research, education and advocacy efforts to increase the rates of adult immunizations (May 2001)

Board of Governors discusses issues including recertification, chiropractors
At a meeting before Annual Session, the Board of Governors reviewed issues from the College's relationship with the ABIM to chiropractors' scope of practice (May 2001)

Dr. Fryhofer highlights College's advocacy efforts
Convocation speech focused on access, immunizations and antibiotic use (May 2001)

How Georgia is paving the way for physician advocacy
The state's medical association recently took the Blues to court and won. It's just one of several 'firsts.' (March 2001)

Recertification questions? Annual Session can help
ABIM representatives will be on hand to explain key components of the Continuous Professional Development recertification program (March 2001)

College to honor health care achievements at Annual Session
This year's honorees have excelled in patient care, research, education and public service (March 2001)

At this year's Annual Session, focus is on innovative learning
Annual Session offers an expanded menu of innovative learning formats and award-winning favorites (February 2001)

Annual Session for Associates: clinical skills and networking (January 2001)



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