December 2012


Heading up a hospitalist program

Speaking in public, resolving conflicts and mastering spreadsheets are just a few of the things a hospitalist leader must do well.

Doctoring with dignity

Even simple things like how patients are addressed can have a long-lasting effect.

Programs attract high school students to health care careers

Rural leaders hope early recruitment will lead to a bigger work force down the line.

Bed bug infestations bringing itchy, stressed patients

Learn how to spot signs of a possible infestation##mdash;and avoid one yourself.

Septic sadness

A recent study found a substantial prevalence of depression among spouses of sepsis survivors.

Be your own rapid response

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center developed rapid response teams composed of patients' main clinicians and tested the outcomes.

A patient-centered home on the range

A three-year patient-centered medical home pilot reduced ED visits and hospital admissions.

Documentation of medical necessity

Congestive heart failure, syncope and presyncope, and transient ischemic attack are discussed.

Letting go

This man was dying. But like many elephants in rooms, not many people wanted to acknowledge it.

Letter from the Editor

This issue features stories on resuscitation, rapid response teams, and leading a hospitalist program, among others.

Get ‘er done

A fictional doctor embarks on a quest to place a dialysis catheter.

MKSAP quiz on dermatology

These cases and commentary, which address dermatology, are excerpted from ACP's Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP16).

Meningitis outbreak, burns from joint pain creams

Details on recalls, warnings, label changes and approvals.

Recent Research

Scores for predicting pneumonia and hemorrhage after ischemic stroke, update on managing unstable cardiac conditions, and more.

In the News

New definition of MI, average lifespan of heart failure patients, and more.