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 announces social media changes

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ACP changed its social media handles on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter from @ACPinternists to @ACPIMPhysicians on Feb. 13, 2023. The new name aligns with ACP's efforts to better brand the identity of internal medicine physicians.

ACP and Annals of Internal Medicine have also established new branded presences on the social media site Post and will be regularly sharing news and information there. Follow ACP and Annals of Internal Medicine.

Call for fall 2023 Board of Governors resolutions

Participating in the Board of Governors' resolutions process provides the ACP grassroots member a voice and opportunity to shape College policy that impacts the practice of internal medicine. When drafting a resolution, members should consider how well it fits within ACP's Mission and Goals and use the College's Priority Themes as a guide. The ACP Board of Governors Resolutions Guide for ACP Members offers advice on using ACP's resources to research a topic, drafting a resolution, and navigating submission.

Members must submit resolutions to their Governor and/or chapter council. All resolutions submitted by members must be approved by the chapter council to be submitted to ACP national. The deadline for submitting new resolutions to be heard at the fall 2023 Board of Governors meeting is March 30, 2023.

New Career & Professional Development Center at Internal Medicine Meeting 2023

The center will be introduced in San Diego April 27-29 and will provide an opportunity for attendees to explore professional development resources, including the following.

  • Mini But Mighty academic skills sessions: Attend 10-minute mini-skill sessions covering topics ranging from writing a case report to navigating authorship and more.
  • Career or QI coaching sessions: Receive one-on-one personalized career or QI coaching sessions with trained coaches.
  • Meet the Podcaster and Meet the Editor table sessions: Learn from discussions led by Robert M. Centor, MD, MACP, host of Annals On Call, and the editors of Annals of Internal Medicine and Annals of Internal Medicine: Clinical Cases.
  • Abstract and poster display: View and discuss award-winning abstracts and posters by early-career physicians, residents, and medical students.
  • Job Placement Center: View job postings and meet with potential employers.

More information is online.

New video series highlights DEI grant projects

The videos cover the progress of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) projects that have received grants from the ABIM Foundation's 2021 Building Trust Through Diversity, Health Care Equity & Inclusion in Internal Medicine program. The grants are funded by the ABIM Foundation in partnership with ACP and other medical organizations.

The first video in the series features Karina Whelan, MD, discussing a new curriculum for the University of North Carolina that implements a health equity-focused quality improvement project for medical students. The videos are available to watch on the ABIM Foundation YouTube channel.

ICYMI: Highlights from ACP Internist Weekly

  • Most antidepressants ineffective for common pain conditions. Among 26 evidence reviews published between 2012 and 2022, no high-certainty evidence supported the effectiveness of antidepressants for pain, and the only moderate-certainty evidence was for serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors to treat back pain, postoperative pain, neuropathic pain, and fibromyalgia. An accompanying editorial observed that antidepressant treatment will be disappointing for most adults living with chronic pain. The review and editorial were published Feb. 1 by The BMJ and covered in the Feb. 7 ACP Internist Weekly.
  • Sepsis associated with higher cardiovascular risk after hospitalization. A retrospective cohort analysis of 2.25 million U.S. patients found that those with sepsis were at higher risk for all-cause mortality and rehospitalization for each major type of cardiovascular disease (CVD) event, particularly heart failure, than those without. The researchers and the authors of an accompanying editorial said the findings indicate that sepsis could be considered a nontraditional risk factor for short- and long-term CVD. The study and editorial were published Feb. 1 by the Journal of the American Heart Association and covered in the Feb. 7 ACP Internist Weekly.

ACP Internist Weekly is an e-newsletter published every Tuesday and available online. Subscribe online.