January 2023

Recent guidelines outlined the best available evidence-based treatments for patients with irritable bowel syndrome IBS Image by eddows

More tools available for treating IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is not a new disorder, but physicians' understanding of its pathophysiology and treatment has greatly progressed over the years.

Supporting grieving patients after a loss

There are ways to talk to patients after the death of a loved one, recognize tips for diagnosing and managing prolonged grief disorder, and access grief counselors for referral.

The more you know … the more you know

Physicians should be in charge of health care teams because of the breadth and quality of their medical education.

New year, new chances to advocate for physicians, patients

ACP played an essential role in several important health policy wins for physicians and their patients in 2022.

IM physicians join health inspections at the border

Two ACP members toured Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities near the Texas/Mexico border to evaluate the processes and environmental conditions affecting human health at the facilities.

Overcoming care barriers for transgender patients

Negative experiences for transgender patients can be avoided through gender-affirming care by physicians.

3 physical exam pearls for patients with pain

Pearl No. 1: The Carnett sign can help clinicians determine if imaging is needed to diagnose pain.

How you can integrate behavioral health in your practice

Behavioral health integration (BHI) is a way for primary care practices to address patients' behavioral and mental health needs.

Tracheostomy tube shortage; fire risk with diabetes device

This column reviews recent recalls, alerts, and approvals.

15th annual Global Forum highlights lessons learned from COVID-19

At ACP's Global Forum in Chicago, attendees discussed how internal medicine specialists have been essential in addressing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

MKSAP Quiz: Hospitalization for dyspnea, night sweats, productive cough

A 72-year-old man is hospitalized for dyspnea, night sweats, and productive cough; symptoms began 8 months ago. He also reports a 9.1-kg (20 lb) weight loss over the past 12 months. Medical history is notable for COPD. Following a physical exam, lab tests, and a chest radiograph, what is the most likely causative organism?

New guidance, treatments for IBS

This month's issue addresses irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), bereavement among patients, and transgender care.

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.


The College notes the passing of Michael F. Rein, MD, MACP; William R. Smith, MD, MACP; Cyril (Kim) M. Hetsko, MD, MACP; and Alan Gordon, MD, MACP.

Upcoming Chapter meetings announced

The following are scheduled for winter 2023.