American College of Physicians: Internal Medicine — Doctors for Adults ®


March 2012

Featured Articles

Cover Story

Under the influence

Substance abuse on the wards

Substance abuse isn't more common in physicians than in the general public, but it can be harder to spot. Learn what you can do if you think a colleague is affected.


Transitions of Care

Take the C-TraIn

Hospital-funded transitions-of-care program targets underserved patients

Oregon Health & Science University helped improve transitions by paying community clinics to serve as medical homes for low-income patients.



Simple guidelines inform decisions about telemetry

Following the criteria can prevent ED backlog

A hospitalist's first instinct might be to order continuous cardiac monitoring for an ED patient with chest pain, but that could lead to inappropriate use of resources.


Expert Analysis

Parenteral iron for preoperative iron deficiency anemia: A safe choice?

Supplement may prevent perioperative blood transfusions

Two experts provide a case-based look at the workup and management of iron deficiency anemia before surgery.


Success Story

Discharge coordinator pleases patients, eases residents' burden

Massachusetts General Hospital smoothed the discharge process by having a nurse practitioner work with residents.


Q&A: Josh Williams, MD, and Farr Curlin, MD

Embracing the spiritual

Study finds patients want to talk about religious concerns

Most patients don't want their physicians to play God, but discussing God is another matter.


Your Practice

Coding Corner

How hospitalists handle the history

The medical history is one of the three key components of every patient encounter.




Letter from the Editor

Some of this issue's topics include substance abuse in doctors, improved transitions of care, and appropriate use of telemetry.


Student Hospitalist

A tour of old Parisian hospitals

Unlike most cities, Paris still aches with history and the medical memory of centuries.



Microscopic genes affected by macroeconomic concerns

Genes express themselves differently depending on environment, and how people access health care could determine how genes affect their health.


Newman's Notions

The apocalyptic hospitalist

A PubMed search for the phrase “end of the world” had no matches, so we must make certain assumptions in this report.


Clinical Medicine

Test Yourself

Test yourself: MKSAP quiz on telemetry

These cases and commentary, which address telemetry, are excerpted from ACP's Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP15).


FDA Update

Handheld hematoma scanner, new indication for pneumonia vaccine approved

Details on new approvals and more.


Research Update

Recent Research

Autoimmune disorders and PE risk, perioperative therapy in patients with ICDs, and more.


In the News

ACP compiles list of unnecessary tests; chlorhexidine sponges could save money in the ICU.


Your Career

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