More than a mentor
Mentors play a crucial role in helping less experienced physicians develop their careers. A good coach can provide needed perspective and guidance.
Helping patients kick the habit
In the face of recent reports that U.S. smoking rates are no longer declining, hospitalists may be ideally situated to help patients quit.
A bundle of care that keeps elderly patients out of the hospital
Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas instituted a pilot project providing a “care bundle” to elderly patients at particularly high risk for returning to the hospital.
Future of antibiotics worries infectious disease experts
At the Infectious Diseases Society of America meeting last fall, one of the issues that most riled the experts was antibiotics, specifically the lack of them.
Twelve ways to improve hospitalist communication
An expert from the annual Medical Group Management Association meeting offers tips.
When the findings don't fit
A Fellow investigates a young woman's elevated testosterone level and reaches a diagnosis even though the lab results and imaging conflict. Our diagnostic experts consider confirmation bias and how this internist sidestepped being misled.
Comforting the chronically ill
David K. Jones, MD, takes palliative care up a notch.
Letter from the Editor
Mentoring has a long history in medicine, particularly in the area of research. These days, many physician mentors go beyond advising their less experienced colleagues on specific projects and act more like coaches, helping guide their apprentices to new career heights.
Going up, please
Every morning, our team faced the same difficult decision: going up the stairs or getting on the elevator.
Documenting adverse drug reactions and poisonings
Adverse effects of a correctly administered drug or drugs must be coded and reported differently than the misuse of a drug, which is classified as “poisoning” in ICD-9-CM coding.
Inpatient deaths cost nearly $20 billion; septicemia leading cause
One of every three people who died in the U.S. in 2007 was in the hospital for treatment at the time of death.
Test yourself: Infectious diseases
The following cases and commentary, which address infectious diseases, are excerpted from ACP's Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP14).
Don't use PPIs with clopidogrel, FDA warns
Warnings, recalls, approvals.
Journal watch: recent studies of note
Recent studies of note.
In the News
Proxies' perceptions about dementia, and more.