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And the answer is: Annual Session just for Associates

What do workshops on clinical sleuthing and preparing for the ABIM exam have in common?

From the February 1997 ACP Observer, copyright 1997 by the American College of Physicians.

Physicians as clinical detectives and personal finance issues are just a sampling of the topics planned for residents during Annual Session in Philadelphia. The workshops offer residents a chance to refresh their skills as well as learn about issues that may not have been covered in training or medical school.

"We picked topics that address some of the ongoing concerns of residents, or that offer us a chance to improve our day-to-day practice skills," said Susan H.

Thompson, ACP Associate, vice chair of the Council of Associates.

ACP is offering two new course topics:

  • It's elementary. Learn a unique way to approach cases using the physician-as-detective strategy at "Clinical Sleuthing: The Sherlock Holmes Approach." To be held Monday, March 24, 1:30-3 p.m.
  • Did you forget? "What You Forgot about the Musculoskeletal and Neurological Exam" gives residents a hands-on opportunity to improve neurological pathology evaluation skills and physical exam skills for the shoulder and upper extremity. To be held Saturday, March 22, 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and Monday, March 24, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Other workshop topics, chosen because they have been popular in the past, include the following:

  • ABIM awaits. "How to Prepare for the ABIM Exam" familiarizes residents with types of questions covered on the exam, topics the exam often covers and study tips. To be held Sunday, March 23, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Your finances. A tax accountant will discuss personal finance issues for housestaff at "Personal Finance for Dummies: A Housestaff Guide from Taxes to Contracts." To be held Sunday, March 23, 1:30-3 p.m.

Other events for residents at Annual Session include the "doctor's Dilemma," the annual Jeopardy-style competition where state chapter teams test their knowledge of internal medicine. Sunday's Associates Luncheon Forum will feature a discussion from four internists about their experience as physician-patients in "A View from the Gurney—When Physicians Become Ill."

Residents also have a chance to hear their peers present award-winning abstracts in the research and clinical vignette categories. Award-winning research posters are scheduled for the Associate-Medical Student poster area March 22; clinical vignettes March 23; and winning posters for both competitions March 24.

Residents can also check out the College's hospitality room for residents attending Annual Session.

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