Archives August 2010 Cover Story Failing at heart failure treatment Your practice Hone in on patients without a home Patients who are homeless or teetering on the verge can present an additional set of logistics for busy hospitalists. Conference coverage Effects of ICU stay linger long after discharge A significant proportion of ICU survivors develop post-traumatic stress disorder, but physicians can take steps to reduce the risk and burden. Conference coverage Benefits of ICU telemedicine uncertain Experimentation with telemedicine in ICUs has not quite lived up to expectations. Q&A Core competencies peripheral in practice The Society of Hospital Medicine considers nine procedures to be "core competencies" for hospitalists, yet many perform them so rarely it would be difficult to maintain competency. Success Story Residency redesign helps patients and pleases doctors Brigham and Women's Hospital redesigned its residency program to focus on integrated teaching. Letter from the Editor Letter from the Editor Our focus this month is on heart failure, the cause of more than one million U.S. hospitalizations each year, including many that experts deem preventable. This issue also includes coverage of the American Thoracic Society's annual conference. Newman's Notions That smell Certain diseases have characteristic odors. Student Hospitalist My first colonoscopy Being a first-year medical student is like getting a colonoscopy. The preparation is rigorous, but you're grateful to have an appointment. Coding Corner Heart failure: The importance of precision For coding purposes, it is no longer enough to say that patients have "CHF" or "congestive heart failure." Pulse On Syracuse, NY Pulse On Cape Girardeau, MO Test Yourself Test yourself: Heart failure These cases and commentary, which address heart failure, are excerpted from ACP's Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP15). FDA Update PPIs associated with fractures, IV meds pulled Drug recalls, warnings, approvals Research News Journal watch: Recent studies of note Recent studies of note. In the News In the news Preventing in-hospital torsade de pointes, and more.