Internal Medicine 2011 covers topics new and old

Internal Medicine 2011 was held in San Diego this April, and as always, ACP Internist's staff was on hand to provide readers with updates through our daily newspaper, blog posts and e-newsletters. If you missed it, our coverage from San Diego is available online.

Our in-depth coverage of the meeting in this issue begins with two stories on topics that may be a little less familiar to internists. First, an orthopedic surgeon removes a bit of the mystery from the workup of knee injuries by offering tips on the best way to do a quick physical exam in the primary care office. Second, a general internist offers a blueprint for conducting annual wellness visits, one of the new benefits offered to Medicare patients by the Affordable Care Act, as well as advice on how to fit them into existing practice.

Internal Medicine 2011 coverage continues with stories on using oral medications and insulin to manage diabetes, adopting a systematic approach to depression in primary care, and improving diagnosis of vulvovaginal disorders. And a series of stories on palliative care includes reports from a session at both Internal Medicine 2011 and the recent National Palliative Care Summit. Topics include when to initiate palliative care, how to discuss prognosis with patients, and how to change and improve the perception palliative care in the U.S.

In other news, I'm pleased to announce that ACP Internist was recently recognized by both Association Media & Publishing and by the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors for excellence in publishing. Stacey Butterfield's March 2010 cover story on remote monitoring won a Gold EXCEL Award from Association Media & Publishing in the Feature Article category for newspapers with a circulation of 50,000 or greater, while the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors awarded a Silver for Best How-To Article to Ted Warren's October 2010 piece on learning through medical simulators and a Silver for Best E-Newsletter to ACP InternistWeekly.

We're honored to be considered among the best in association and health care publishing for 2011, and eager to continue to improve. As always, we welcome your thoughts on how to make our coverage better. Please send your comments and suggestions.

Jennifer Kearney-Strouse