February 2010


Getting to know you

Daily face-to-face meetings improve outcomes and teamwork.

Physicians and social media

Physicians today have more and more social media vehicles through which to express themselves, but mishandling those powerful online megaphones carries risks.

Improving patient sleep by shaking up routines

Melissa Bartick, ACP Member, found that simple changes can reduce patients' requests for sedatives.

The rock star hospitalist

Rupa Marya, MD, splits her time between the hospital and the stage.

Watchful eyes make for clean hands

Greater Baltimore Medical Center used signed pledges and volunteer auditors to dramatically improve hand hygiene rates.

Letter from the Editor

Improving transitions of care is one of the top goals facing hospitals and hospitalists today. Happily, it's one that doesn't require a lot of technology to achieve.

Write it up

The source of my tension on this particular day was Karin, the incredibly intense fourth-year medical student rounding with me.

The pulmonary artery catheter: To use or not to use?

Our columnist discusses the pros and cons.

Consultation confusion

CMS stopped paying for services billed as consultations as of Jan. 1, 2010. What does this mean for hospitalists?

Test yourself: Pulmonary artery catheterization

The following cases and commentary, which address pulmonary artery catheterization, are excerpted from ACP's Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP14).

In the News

Perioperative beta-blockers, and more.