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Internal Medicine 2011 offers several new pre-courses

From the March ACP Internist, copyright 2011 by the American College of Physicians

By Stacey Butterfield

Attendees who don’t arrive at the San Diego Convention Center until the opening ceremony will have already missed some new features of the conference.

On Tuesday, April 5, and Wednesday, April 6, several pre-courses will be held for the first time. First up on Tuesday is “Bedside Hand-Carried Ultrasound-Guided Thoracentesis and Paracentesis,” a day-long, hands-on course that will teach internists how to use hand-carried ultrasounds, new tools that are dropping in price and gaining in popularity.

Michael Westley, ACP Member, of the Virginia Mason...

Michael Westley, ACP Member, of the Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, practices using ultrasound guidance to identify and tap fluid on a $5 slab of pork ribs, before moving on to a $3,000 patient simulator (not shown). The patient simulator will be used during a pre-course on portable ultrasound use at Internal Medicine 2011. Photo courtesy of Roger W. Bush, FACP



“I believe that bedside hand-carried ultrasound should be a part of a general internist’s toolkit the same way that a stethoscope or a Maglite or a tongue blade is,” said course director Roger W. Bush, FACP, who is associate director of internal medicine residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle.

One day of instruction won’t make participants into ultrasound experts, but the technology isn’t hard to learn, according to Dr. Bush. “It’s pretty darn easy,” he said. “If you can run a Droid or an iPhone, you can do it. My hope is people come out ready to consider the possibility that this technology belongs in their organizations or their practices, and can more reliably know where to put the needle.”


“I believe that bedside hand-carried ultrasound should be a part of a general internist’s toolkit the same way that a stethoscope or a Maglite or a tongue blade is.”
—Roger W. Bush, FACP


Additional anatomy will likely be provided by the pre-course on medical orthopedics, a one-day session offered on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Scheduled topics include epidemiology of common orthopedic diagnoses, diagnostic maneuvers for typical complaints, and basic joint and tendon anatomy.

The neurology pre-course will also take place on both Tuesday and Wednesday, an expansion from previous years. “There’s different content in each day,” said Barbara Licht, ACP’s director of educational meetings and conferences. “If you want to do a lot of neuro, do both days. If you want to do a mix and match of one day neuro, one day something else, see which day suits your needs.” Tuesday’s topics include headache, dizziness and stroke, while seizures, multiple sclerosis and brain tumors will be discussed on Wednesday.

Also new this year is a Wednesday pre-course in hospital medicine, which will kick off Internal Medicine 2011’s expanded hospitalist track. “Between the pre-course and over 40 sessions focusing on inpatient care, there is always something for hospitalists at the meeting,” said Ms. Licht.

Early meeting attendees can also work toward recertification in half-day ABIM Maintenance of Certification Learning Sessions. “You can do two modules in a day, and over the course of two days, we’re doing four different modules, so a physician can really make a dent fulfilling his or her Maintenance of Certification requirements,” Ms. Licht said. Other returning pre-courses will cover cardiology, diabetes and advances in therapy.

The full meeting will lead off with a keynote speech by Richard J. Baron, FACP, on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Dr. Baron is the president of Greenhouse Internists, a Philadelphia practice of five general internists that has participated in a demonstration project of the patient-centered medical home, which he will discuss.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be filled with a wide assortment of sessions, running from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with topics ranging from the management of gout to how to use social media to engage patients. Popular formats such as Multiple Small Feedings of the Mind, Clinical Pearls and Breakfast or Lunch with the Professor (small group discussions with an expert) will also return.

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Mentoring and networking events at Internal Medicine 2011

Celebrate, learn, network or relax with these special programs at Internal Medicine 2011! Choose the events that best fit your needs and your schedule.

Celebrate

Reception for African American Physicians (Friday, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Manchester Grand Hyatt, Randle AB): Attend this reception to socialize and network with African American physicians and medical students, their colleagues, and College leadership. Pre-registration is requested but not required. Register online.

Medical Student, Associate, and Young Physician Recognition Reception (Saturday, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Manchester Grand Hyatt, Douglas A): Join us to recognize the winners of the Medical Student and Associate Poster Competitions and the 2011 ACP Doctor’s Dilemma™ Championship. Meet and network with members of the Council of Student Members, Council of Associates, and Council of Young Physicians. Pre-registration is not required.

Learn

These events are free of charge, but attendees must present a ticket to enter. Reservations can be made online. You must be logged in to ACP Online to access your registration record for Internal Medicine 2011.

Medical Students Mentoring Breakfast (Saturday, 7:00-8:30 a.m., Manchester Grand Hyatt, Douglas A): Take advantage of this opportunity for medical students to meet with internist mentors to discuss career options in internal medicine.

Young Physicians Mentoring Breakfast (Friday, 7:00-9:00 a.m., Manchester Grand Hyatt, Randle AB): Network with more experienced physicians, learn about advancing to Fellowship, and discuss common problems related to medical practice today.

Network

These events are free of charge, but attendees must present a ticket to enter. Reservations can be made online. You must be logged in to ACP Online to access your registration record for Internal Medicine 2011.

Associates Luncheon Forum: 2011 (Friday, 12:45-2:15 p.m., Convention Center, Room 14): Meet your Council of Associates representatives and voice issues and concerns important to you.

Networking Luncheon for Women Physicians (Friday, 12:45-2:15 p.m., Manchester Grand Hyatt, Randle AB): Meet new friends, share experiences, and discuss challenges facing women physicians in practice today.

Volunteerism Networking Luncheon (Thursday, 12:45-2:15 p.m., Convention Center, Room 6C): Share plans, tell stories about your volunteer experiences, or gain information about medical volunteer work within the U.S. and internationally.

Relax

Fellows and Masters Lounge (Thursday-Saturday, Convention Center Exhibit Hall): Check your e-mail, meet with colleagues and friends, and relax between activities.

Medical Student-Associate-Young Physician Hospitality Area (Thursday-Saturday, Convention Center Hall A): Have coffee with friends and colleagues while relaxing between sessions.

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