February Observer Contents
CT scans: new screening tool or risky fad?
Physicians are trying to decide whether the procedures are merely the latest consumer health craze or the dawn of a new age of diagnostic imaging.
John Tooker, FACP, named College EVP-CEO
The College's Deputy Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer will assume his new role on July 1, 2002.
The role of drugs in treating obesity
While many physicians have been scared away from prescribing anti-obesity medications, weight loss experts say it is time to take another look.
When ethics collide in the practice parking lot
We are obligated to provide our patients with ethical advice, but is this responsibility restricted to medical matters?
Readers comment on vaccine problems, "the rules" for young physicians and the ER call crisis.
Tips to resolve grievances in your residency program
Understanding your program's procedures can help you work through problems without jeopardizing your career.
Visiting an inpatient admitted by another physician
Normally when two physicians bill for seeing the same patient on the same date, they are treating different aspects of the patient's condition.
Despite a reprieve, first HIPAA deadline is coming soon
The government is expected to grant extensions to help resolve specific compliance problems.
Teaching empathy for the disabled through experience
Dr. Conill gives program participants a taste of being disabled and new skills to provide compassionate care.
The path to attaining a 'virtuous' professional life
It is critical to understand our own values that guide our communication with patients.
Study seeks data on how internists treat the uninsured
A collaborative study by ACP-ASIM and the New York Academy of Medicine will try to identify how practicing internists treat uninsured patients.
Book on drugs in renal failure available for handheld computers.
Coming soon: free immunization toolkit.
What a difference a year makes in health care policy
A look at how the surprising past year has affected progress on the College's top policy concerns.
ACP-ASIM asks for review of immunization policies.
College to Congress: Fund Bioterror Defense Act.
House rejects language identifying chiropractors as primary care providers.
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