Annual meeting coverage highlights physical, mental conditions

ACP's annual meeting offered a large variety of learning and networking opportunities.

Internal Medicine 2013, held in April in San Francisco, offered a large variety of learning and networking opportunities for a record-breaking number of attendees. As always, ACP Internist's staff was on hand to provide updates via our daily newspaper, blog posts and e-newsletter. This month's issue is dedicated to coverage of the meeting.

Our first story features some practical advice on managing bisphosphonates, including which patients should take them and when they should start. The story also covers how to use the FRAX algorithm to determine fracture risk, how different types of bisphosphonates work, and what side effects to be concerned about, as well as the advisability, and feasibility, of offering patients a brief drug holiday.

Our second story, meanwhile, advises internists on diagnosing psychiatric problems in their patients, from anxiety, panic, and post-traumatic stress to somatoform and bipolar disorder. The story also offers tips on treatment and referral once these issues have been detected.

Internal Medicine 2013 coverage continues with stories on spotting and treating “party drugs, “ recognizing different types of movement disorders, and finding the right contraception for your patients. There's also a profile on Richard Baron, MD, MACP, who will soon take the helm at the American Board of Internal Medicine as its new president and CEO. And don't forget to check out the second installment of our new puzzle feature.

In other news, I'm very proud to announce that ACP Internist was recently recognized for excellence in publishing. We received three awards in the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors' (ASHPE) annual competition, including the prestigious Publication of the Year Award in the Newsletter category. The Publication of the Year Award is ASHPE's premier award and is judged based on continuity of overall excellence in editorial content, use of staff, graphics presentation, goal attainment, and service to the readers. We also received two Silver Awards from ASHPE, one for Best Single Issue for July/August 2012 and one for ACP InternistWeekly, which won in the Best E-Newsletter category.

In addition, we won a Bronze EXCEL Award from Association Media & Publishing for Stacey Butterfield's September 2012 cover story on hormone replacement therapy 10 years after the Women's Health Initiative, which was recognized in the Feature Article category for newspapers with a circulation of 50,000 or greater.

We're extremely honored to be named among the best in association and health care publishing, and we look forward to continuing to provide excellent coverage to our readers. Please let us know what you'd like to read about.


Jennifer Kearney-Strouse