October 2023

For older adults the fall arrival of new vaccines against respiratory syncytial virus RSV will provide their first protection against potentially life-threatening respiratory disease Image by Qual

RSV vaccines new tool for physicians

The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended in June that adults ages 60 years and older may receive a single dose of an RSV vaccine, using shared clinical decision making.

Updated advice on anxiety screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently concluded that for adults up to age 65 years, including those who are pregnant or postpartum, screening for anxiety is beneficial and should be conducted routinely in primary care.

In time for Halloween, health care specters arise

ACP's Chief Advocacy Officer explains why the state of U.S. primary health care keeps her up at night.

Transforming health care to improve U.S. life expectancy

The sobering decline in U.S. life expectancy reaffirms the exigency of health care reform anchored in a proactive and comprehensive approach.

Combating the crisis of loneliness

While the COVID-19 pandemic put a spotlight on loneliness, social engagement with friends and family has been falling for the past two decades as feelings of social isolation have increased.

Raising awareness about HPV-related cancers

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine can potentially prevent more than 90% of HPV-associated cancers. Generally given to teens, it can be offered to adults as well.

Early career physicians are mentors, mentees

An expert discusses how early career physicians can get involved in mentorship, the difference between mentorship and sponsorship, and how to end a mentorship that isn't working.

Three keys for teaching: Think aloud, simplify, be kind

Three simple techniques can help teachers and mentors when they are working with students.

Walter J. McDonald, MD, MACP, former EVP/CEO, dies at 85

Dr. McDonald led the College for seven years before stepping down.

What Medicare's add-on code G2211 means for your practice

ACP has long supported the implementation of G2211, which addresses the complexity inherent in office and outpatient evaluation and management services.

MKSAP Quiz: Evaluation for fatigue of 3 months' duration

A 36-year-old woman is evaluated for fatigue of 3 months' duration and dyspnea on exertion of 1 month's duration. She is 1 month postpartum. She takes no medications. Following a physical examination and lab studies, what is the most appropriate management?

New vaccines are on the scene

This month's issue addresses new vaccines, screening for anxiety, and detecting and treating loneliness.

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.

Oral drug for postpartum depression approved

This column reviews recent recalls, alerts, and approvals.

Upcoming Chapter meetings announced

The following are scheduled for late 2023 and early 2024.