POCUS educators investigate ultrasound skills retention

Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has proven to be an important tool for rapid bedside assessments and diagnoses. Basic POCUS image acquisition and interpretation skills have been integrated in the Internal Medicine Residency educational curriculum. The one-hour hands-on and didactic sessions occur every 10 weeks during the residents’ Y-week as it alternates with a longitudinal primary care […]

Anorexia Nervosa and Osteoporosis: Pathophysiology and Treatment

Article: Anorexia Nervosa and Osteoporosis: Pathophysiology and Treatment Authors: Jeremy Steinman and Amal Shibli-Rahhal Journal: J Bone Metab. 2019 Aug;26(3):133-143. Abstract: Anorexia nervosa (AN) affects 2.9 million people, many of whom experience bone loss and increased fracture risk. In this article, we review data on the underlying pathophysiology of AN-related osteoporosis and possible approaches to […]

Fortis expands urban-rural COPD comparisons

Spyridon Fortis, MD, clinical assistant professor in Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Occupational Medicine, has received a two-year, $120,000 Career Development Award from the VA Office of Rural Health. Fortis will examine whether the variation in ventilator support and delays in care are responsible for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) mortality in rural communities. “The grant […]

Education beyond our walls

For understandable reasons, much of our attention focuses heavily on our resident and fellow training programs. The chance to participate in them is a big reason many of us choose careers in academic medicine, relishing the opportunity to pay forward to the next generation who will succeed us. Continuing medical education, however, is another critical […]

53rd Internal Medicine Research Day Schedule of Events – 10/15/19

The 53rd Internal Medicine Research Day will take place on Tuesday, October 15 from 1:00 – 6:00 pm in the Prem Sahai Auditorium in the Medical Education Research Facility (MERF) building. Schedule: 1:00–2:15 pm Oral Presentations – Urmilla Sahai Conf Rm, 2117 MERF with opening remarks by E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD “Personal Response Profiles […]

Highlights from Progress 2019

No other professional continuing medical education conference requires as much planning and coordination—or boasts as high an attendance—as the Progress conference. For nearly forty years, Progress has provided attendees with updates on the latest treatments, devices, and discoveries in the full range of medicine. Planners continued to innovate this year with a new format. For the […]

SHM Poster Session and Iowa Chapter Meeting, 2019

The Iowa ACP Chapter meeting was one of two professional society meetings that coincided with the annual Progress event. Compared to the ACP group, what the Iowa Chapter of the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) lacks in longevity they more than make up in enthusiasm. As Progress in the Graduate Hotel broke for lunch, attendees […]

Vander Weg, Grumbach receive cancer center pilot grants

A recent story in The Loop revealed that two of the four one-year, $100k Mezhir grants from the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center will go to Internal Medicine members. These pilot grants are named in memory of James Mezhir, a surgical oncologist who passed away in 2016. Mark Vander Weg, PhD, associate professor in General Internal Medicine, […]

Dietary Fatty Acid Saturation Modulates Sphingosine-1-Phosphate-Mediated Vascular Function

Article: Dietary Fatty Acid Saturation Modulates Sphingosine-1-Phosphate-Mediated Vascular Function Authors: Daniel W. Nuno and Kathryn G. Lamping Journal: J Diabetes Res. 2019 Aug 25;2019:2354274 Abstract: Sphingolipids, modified by dietary fatty acids, are integral components of plasma membrane and caveolae that are also vasoactive compounds. We hypothesized that dietary fatty acid saturation affects vasoconstriction to sphingosine-1-phosphate […]