Internal Medicine Meeting 2015 heads to Boston to celebrate 100 years

Special programs, lectures will mark ACP's centennial.

ACP's annual Internal Medicine Meeting is always an opportunity for internists to gather and celebrate the College, but this year it's a particularly big occasion. Internal Medicine Meeting 2015, to be held in Boston from April 30 to May 2 with precourses on April 28 and 29, will include celebration of the College's centennial.

Several educational sessions will look back over ACP's 100 years, starting on Friday morning at 9:30 with “The History of Annals of Internal Medicine and the Future of Medical Journals,” presented by Annals editor-in-chief Christine Laine, MD, MPH, FACP. At 2:15 p.m., meeting attendees can pick up more historical knowledge during “Defining Internal Medicine: The History of the ACP,” and on Saturday at 4 p.m., they can learn about both ACP and medicine's past during “History of Politics in American Medicine.”

The anniversary will come up in some of the meeting's usual sessions, as well, such as the updates in subspecialties. “Each of the updates is going to start with a landmark article in that subspecialty from Annals from any time over the past 100 years,” said Barbara Licht, ACP's director of educational meetings and conferences.

Another historical course will travel back even farther in time. On Thursday at 8:15 a.m., Jamie Newman, MD, FACP, will talk about “Lessons from the 19th Century for the 21st-Century Physician.” Topics to be covered include leeches, handwashing, auscultation, and administrative challenges. “What would Benjamin Franklin think about the inpatient prospective payment system?” asked Dr. Newman.

The course is 1 of more than 30 in the meeting's hospitalist track. Offerings range from administrative issues, such as “Think Inside the Box: Hospital Inpatient Coding” and “The Value-Based Hospitalist,” to clinical topics, including postoperative complications, neutropenic fever, and electrolyte management.

Hospitalists are also the target audience for Wednesday's all-day precourse in hospital medicine, led by Dr. Newman and Patrick Y. Smithedajkul, MD, ACP Member, a hospitalist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Meeting attendees will have the chance to see some of Boston's health care services firsthand on Wednesday and Friday at 4 p.m. For $25, meeting attendees who register can take a bus from the convention center to tour the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program's primary care clinic. Also in conjunction with the clinic, the College will collect new, unopened socks and underwear for the homeless at various locations in the convention center.

As always, the Herbert S. Waxman Clinical Skills Center will offer hands-on activities. But new this year, access to Waxman Center activities and clinical skills workshops will require preregistration. Tickets are available online now, and for events that sell out, stand-by registration will be an option at the meeting.

“Many Waxman Center activities now offer 2 Maintenance of Certification (MOC) points for successful completion of the session,” noted Ted Warren, ACP's manager of educational programs. MOC exam preparation will also once again be offered on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

In addition to meeting the needs of U.S. doctors, the Internal Medicine Meeting is expanding its offerings to international attendees. For the first time, several sessions of the meeting will be simultaneously translated into Spanish.

For those who are too distant or for other reasons unable to attend the meeting, there's another big change this year. Selected sessions on Saturday will be simulcast over the Internet to virtual meeting attendees.

“They'll be able to see and hear the speakers in real time, for 1 session in each time period. The sessions chosen are some of the most popular formats and are on topics highly relevant to patient care,” said Ms. Licht. “Included in the simulcast will be the [Internal Medicine Meeting 2015] highlights session, so people who subscribe to the simulcast will hear take-home messages from sessions way beyond those they're able to see.”

The simulcast of 7 sessions will be available in real time or for later download at a cost of $179 for ACP members and $239 for nonmembers. Virtual attendees who watch the sessions in real time will also have the opportunity to chat with others who are logged into the session.

It's all part of the ongoing efforts to always offer more at the meeting and to duly mark this big anniversary for the College, according to ACP Scientific Program Committee Chair Lisa Ellis, MD, FACP, chief medical officer of the Medical College of Virginia Physicians in Richmond and Governor for ACP's Virginia chapter.

“The opportunities get better each year for attendees to focus their days on cutting-edge information, clinical refreshers, controversial aspects of medicine, but also to customize their learning experiences on a variety of topics such as administration, leadership, or hands-on breakouts in the Waxman Center,” she said. “The bar is set just a little higher for distinction and merit due to the addition of the coinciding 100-year centennial celebration for ACP. It will be the best of the best, in my opinion.”