Letter from the Editor

This issue features our coverage from Internal Medicine 2010, including stories on thrombocytopenia, concurrent GI bleeding and acute coronary syndrome, managing patients in opioid withdrawal, and more.


ACP Hospitalist staff members were on hand to cover the latest news and issues germane to hospitalists at ACP's annual meeting, Internal Medicine 2010. Held in Toronto in April, the meeting offered hundreds of sessions to more than 6,000 attendees. Our special coverage of the meeting starts with our cover story on thrombocytopenia, a common condition with many differential diagnoses. Learn from an expert hematologist how to recognize and treat three of the most common varieties: heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT), idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP).

Our Internal Medicine 2010 coverage continues with stories on treating concurrent gastrointestinal bleeding and acute coronary syndrome; managing patients who are going through opioid withdrawal; adapting to medical practice in the U.S. as an international medical graduate; and treating venous thromboembolism. Speaking of meetings, this issue also includes an overview by editorial advisor Jamie Newman on his experience at Portugal's hospital medicine confab.

In addition, Phillip H. Factor, DO, enlightens us in a Q & A on how the design of an ICU ward can affect the survival of its patients, and associate editor Stacey Butterfield explains how a little bit of candy helped reduce medication errors at a hospital in New Zealand.

As always, we welcome your feedback and ideas. Write to us anytime.

Sincerely,
Jessica Berthold
Editor, ACP Hospitalist