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Students enjoy internal medicine as a clerkship, not a career

Medical students enjoy their internal medicine clerkships but are less likely than ever to become general internists, citing educational debt, perceived workloads and stress as disincentives, according to a comparison of students in 1990 and 2007.

Consensus document advises treating hypertension in those age 80 or older

Major medical organizations last week released an expert consensus document to help clinicians manage older patients with or at risk for hypertension.

MKSAP Quiz: 4-cm abdominal aortic aneurysm

A 67-year-old businessman is evaluated during a routine health examination. He has a 30 pack-year history of smoking, but quit 5 years ago. An abdominal ultrasound for screening purposes demonstrates an infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm measuring 4 cm in diameter. What is the best management option?

Anticholinergics associated with higher mortality than long-acting inhaled beta-agonists in COPD

Long-acting inhaled beta-agonists were associated with lower mortality than anticholinergics in a new study of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Omalizumab added to standard therapy may help control severe allergic asthma

Omalizumab may help control severe allergic asthma when added to standard therapy, a new study suggests.

Levothyroxine dose may be linked to fracture risk in older adults, study suggests

Levothyroxine, especially at higher doses, may be associated with increased fracture risk in older adults, according to a new study.

The next issue is online and coming to your mailbox

The next issue of ACP Internist is online and coming to your mailbox.

College Regent becomes Harvard Department of Medicine's first African-American full professor

Valerie Stone, FACP, a member of ACP's Board of Regents, has been named a full professor at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.

ACP supports Physicians for Human Rights campaign “Bahrain, Free the Docs”

ACP recently joined Physicians for Human Rights in a call for Bahrain to cease attacks on hospitals, patients and medical professionals.

Regent candidates sought for 2011

The Governance Committee oversees the process for nominating and electing Masters and Fellows of the College to the Board of Regents and is beginning the process of seeking Regents to join the Board in May 2012.

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ACP InternistWeekly's cartoon caption contest continues. Readers can vote for their favorite captions to determine the winner.