Pearls from I.M. Peers


Incorporating families into the care team

Involving one member of a patient's family can benefit the patient and boost work efficiency.

POCUS puts focus on the patient encounter

Point-of-care ultrasound has made its way from a niche practice to everyday use in the clinic. One expert explains an acronym she uses to teach clinicians to do a full POCUS exam.

Basal insulin for beginners

It can be tough to start and titrate basal insulin in a patient with type 2 diabetes because of the many options available, but a key number can measure the difference between a patient's bedtime and morning blood glucose values to ease the way.

Get comfortable talking about obesity

Kimberly N. Sims, MD, FACP, explains ways to make obesity counseling easier for patients and for their doctors.

Observe, listen, feel: Going back to Osler

These three skills hold enormous opportunity to strengthen physicians' diagnostic acumen.

Intentionally seek deviations to avoid early anchoring

In a new series, Pearls from I.M. Peers, Maria (Gaby) Frank, MD, FACP, explains how noting variations in expected patterns can help internists avoid early anchoring errors when making a diagnosis.

Diagnosis at 10 paces for bitemporal wasting

In a new series, Pearls from I.M. Peers, Paul Dallas, MD, MACP, explains how making a simple observation in a patient could indicate a serious diagnosis.