Latest updates on ACP's priorities, initiatives

ACP Spotlight offers readers a look at ACP's current top priorities and initiatives, as well as highlights from our e-newsletter, ACP Internist Weekly.

ACP supports ABIM plans to develop longitudinal assessment option

ACP is pleased that the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) is taking initial steps to develop a continuing certification option that will support lifelong learning by emphasizing education and feedback and offers the convenience of being self-paced. The proposed longitudinal assessment is planned as an option in addition to ABIM's point-in-time examinations. ACP issued a public statement of support on Aug. 28.

Register for “Point of Care Ultrasound: Foundational Skills for Internists”

Participants in this ACP course will receive comprehensive ultrasound training from expert faculty that is applicable to a variety of care settings. Interactive, online modules will also be provided. The course will be offered Thursday and Friday, Nov. 7 and 8, and again on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9 and 10, in Rosemont, Ill. Registration information is online.

ACP releases paper on managing COIs in clinical guidelines

A rigorous process for the disclosure of interests (DOI) and management of conflicts of interest (COI) is essential for developing high-quality clinical guidelines and guidance statements, ACP said in recent Annals of Internal Medicine paper, published Aug. 27. Any individual involved in the development of ACP's clinical guidelines and guidance statements must disclose all financial and intellectual interests related to health care from the last three years. Individuals submit disclosures at the start of participation and are required to update their disclosures during their involvement with ACP's Clinical Guidelines Committee. A DOI-COI Review and Management Panel reviews the disclosures, flags potential sources of COI, grades the COI as “low,” “moderate,” or “high” and manages the individual's participation accordingly. All disclosures and COI management decisions are available publicly.

Proud to be an internist? Tell ACP why

Image by Damir Khabirov
Image by Damir Khabirov

Enter our I.M. Proud contest for a chance to be featured on ACP's website and win one of six I.M. Proud prize packs awarded throughout the year. Submit the entry form (login required), and include either a brief essay or a short video letting us know why you're proud to be an internist.

The I.M. Proud contest is open to ACP members only. One winner in each category (essay and video) will be announced on Oct. 28, 2019; Feb. 28, 2020; and June 28, 2020. Winners will receive an I.M. Proud prize pack and be featured on the ACP website. Nonwinning submissions may also be published online. The contest runs through June 5, 2020.

ACP, others issue call to action on firearms injuries, deaths

This summer, after back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, ACP and six other organizations—American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, and American Public Health Association—issued a policy paper offering recommendations to reduce firearm-related injury and death in the United States. The paper was published Aug. 7 by Annals of Internal Medicine.

ICYMI: Highlights from ACP Internist Weekly

Updated hearing loss guideline clarifies timing of interventions. Among other recommendations, the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery said clinicians assessing sudden hearing loss should distinguish sensorineural hearing loss from conductive hearing loss when a patient first presents with symptoms. The updated guideline was published Aug. 1 by Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and was summarized in the Aug. 13 ACP Internist Weekly.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says all adults should be screened for illicit drug use in primary care when diagnostic, treatment services are available. The draft recommendation also said there is not enough evidence to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening in adolescents. Public input on the statement was accepted until Sept. 9, and a final recommendation statement will be developed after review of the feedback. The draft recommendation was issued in August and was summarized in the Aug. 20 ACP Internist Weekly.

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