July/August 2024

Mindy Sobota MD MS FACP Cynthia H Chuang MD MSc FACP Alexandra Bachorik MD EdM and Adelaide McClintock MD outline options after a positive pregnancy test Image by Kevin Berne

Internal medicine's role in abortion care

Primary care internal medicine physicians explained to Internal Medicine Meeting 2024 attendees how they can help patients understand their options with an unintended pregnancy.

Treating obesity as a disease

Obesity stems from genetics and environmental factors, but bias by physicians and the public may interfere with treating it as a disease.

Persevere along the trail of your advocacy journey

ACP members took to the Capitol for Leadership Day to address reducing administrative burden, compensating physicians for the value of care they provide, and supporting programs that strengthen the physician workforce.

Profits before patients: Private equity and commodification

Health care system consolidation and market- and profit-driven motivation have become at odds with the realities of health care, where market forces do not perfectly align with the product line.

Learning to teach in medicine

Speakers at Internal Medicine Meeting 2024 offered practical advice on how to make teaching work in clinical practice.

Medical improv proves provocative for physicians

Physicians are adapting improvisational theater principles to improve communication, cognition, and teamwork in health care.

Parsing periop predicaments

Due to a lack of evidence for best perioperative procedures, clinicians have debated for decades how to address circumstances such as stroke or atrial fibrillation.

RSV vaccine news, Entresto generic approved

This column reviews recent recalls, alerts, and approvals.

Letters to the editor

Readers respond to coverage in I.M. Matters from ACP.

Troubleshooting tips for cervical cancer screening

Two experts advise physicians on cervical cancer screening, dealing with issues from sampling technique to confusing guidelines.

MKSAP Quiz: Worsening chronic shoulder pain

An 85-year-old woman is evaluated for worsening chronic right shoulder pain of 1 year's duration. The pain is more severe with use. She has no history of trauma to the shoulder. Following a physical exam, tests, and a radiograph, what is the most likely diagnosis?

Presurgery planning may boost postop outcomes

Deconditioning after surgery can happen very quickly, within 24 to 48 hours, but prehabilitation can target modifiable factors to help patients optimize fitness and improve recovery.


The College notes the passing of Robert B. Copeland, MD, MACP.

Upcoming Chapter meetings announced

The following are scheduled for fall 2024 and winter 2025.

Boston welcomes Internal Medicine Meeting 2024

This issue features coverage of Internal Medicine Meeting 2024.

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, I.M. Matters Weekly from ACP.