ACP convenes, in person and virtually, for Internal Medicine Meeting 2022

This month's issue considers coverage of Internal Medicine Meeting 2022, Leadership Day in Washington, D.C., and ACP's ninth COVID-19 forum.

ACP's annual meeting was back in two formats this year and better than ever. At Internal Medicine Meeting 2022, held in Chicago from April 28-30, ACP members gathered in person for the first time since 2019 to learn, celebrate, and cheer internal medicine's accomplishments. The meeting, which was the first to offer a hybrid virtual option, had over 7,000 attendees, hundreds of scientific sessions, and multiple opportunities for fellowship. The vibrant energy was palpable, and we hope to capture some of that spirit in this issue.

One story features a talk on GI conditions that may be new to general internal medicine physicians. In "GI Syndromes You Don't Know Enough About," a gastroenterologist offered advice on diagnosing and treating non-celiac gluten sensitivity, eosinophilic esophagitis, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and mast cell activation syndrome. Another story looks at hip pain and outlines a diagnostic framework for musculoskeletal problems: history, inspection, palpation, range of motion, and other tests. To round out our clinical coverage, read about a urologist's tips on clarifying the conundrum of prostate cancer screening.

The meeting also featured dynamic keynote and plenary speakers. At the Opening Ceremony, Quinn Capers, MD, delivered a keynote address explaining why "(The Lack of) Diversity in Medicine is THE Primary Health Issue for the 21st Century," while on Saturday, Mukta Panda, MD, MACP, and Tammy L. Lin, MD, FACP, conversed on the importance of well-being in a discussion titled "Reawaken Your Power, Reaffirm Your Value, and Reinvent the System." More highlights from the meeting can be found in this issue's ACP Spotlight.

In other news, ACP and Annals of Internal Medicine held a ninth COVID-19 forum on May 24, highlighting new data on postacute sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC) and offering practical advice on managing patients with persistent symptoms. Finally, advocacy was in the air in June, as our story on page 6 describes, with ACP's Leadership Day returning to Capitol Hill. At this annual event, ACP delegates have the opportunity to meet with their congressional representatives and press for ACP's priorities in person.

Speaking of advocacy, Bob Doherty, ACP's Special Advisor to the Chief Advocacy Officer and SVP Emeritus, has been a tireless champion for internal medicine patients and physicians for more than four decades. Bob retires on Aug. 1, and in his last column for ACP Internist, he shares some final thoughts about his work at the helm of our D.C. office and his vision for the future. We wish him all the best in his next chapter!


Jennifer Kearney-Strouse
Executive Editor