Conference coverage and Top Docs

Catch up on Internal Medicine Meeting 2019 and then nominate your colleagues as Top Hospitalists.


It's that time of year again! If you joined us for Internal Medicine Meeting 2019 here in Philadelphia in April, this issue will help you relive those good times. And if you weren't there, you can catch up on what you missed.

Our coverage of the meeting includes a rundown of medical myths that are still commonly believed and relevant to hospital medicine. For example, did you know that you can skip the oxygen for patients with suspected myocardial infarction, as long as they're not hypoxic? Or that it's OK to administer epinephrine in the fingers or toes?

What's not OK, on the other hand, is to leave patients in significant pain just because they are opioid-tolerant. Our article explains how to accurately assess their pain and offers options for treating it. Pain medications are a common cause of overdoses, but there are a lot of other ones. Other articles from our meeting coverage review overdose diagnosis and treatment and the latest on inflammatory bowel disease. Last, but not least, we've got the liver, specifically, expert tips for diagnosing acute liver failure.

This issue contains another annual tradition—our request for Top Hospitalist nominations. Please visit our online form to tell us about the colleague you think should be honored in November 2019. Remember, the more details you can provide for our judges, the better!

If you have questions about ACP Hospitalist's Top Hospitalist competition or anything else, please email us at acphospitalist@acponline.org.