July 2012

Illustration by David Cutler

Succeeding as a new hospitalist

You can't completely avoid stress while transitioning from trainee to full-time hospitalist, but you can mitigate it.

Apps for newbies

Learn how to make the most of mobile technology.

Cardiac biomarkers: easy to use and misuse

Experts offer advice on using cardiac troponin and natriuretic peptides to optimize patient care.

Telemedicine for heart failure

Telemedicine could help prevent readmissions, but its value must be confirmed by evidence.

Hospitalists and intermediate care prove to be a good fit

A Spanish intermediate care unit is staffed entirely by hospitalists.

A vision of the future

The chairman and CEO of IPC discusses current trends and future possibilities.

Advance directives are the beginning, not the end

Despite the best planning, patients may change their minds at the end of life once they recognize their unique situations and their sometimes surprising decisions.

Hospitalist physical exam for E&M

An intuitive, clinical approach can simplify the task of providing optimal documentation of physical examination.

Meetings: bane of a hospitalist's existence? Not necessarily

One hospitalist gives advice on making the most of work gatherings.


Good mentors help us to get close to our full potential. Here are 10 tips to help you find yours.

Letter from the Editor

This issue is devoted to the transition from student to full-fledged doctor.

Coding confusion

A reader strives for clarification on the distinction between observation and inpatient care.

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Find out what it's like to be a patient in a hospital full of new doctors.

Hospitalists: An inspiration for obstetrics

Given the success of hospital medicine, the future seems bright for the laborist model.

MKSAP quiz on cardiac biomarkers

These cases and commentary, which address cardiac biomarkers, are excerpted from ACP's Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP15).

Cautions about mixing HIV, HCV drugs

Details on recalls, warnings, and approvals.

Recent Research

Thrombolytic therapy and acute PE, bleeding risk in patients on warfarin before MI, and more.

In the News

Radiation safety, VTE hospitalization risk, and more.