More than 6,000 internal medicine physicians, subspecialists, medical students, and allied health professionals from around the world will gather in Orlando for Internal Medicine 2014, the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Physicians (ACP), April 10 - 12 (Thursday - Saturday), at the Orange County Convention Center. More than 200 sessions cover a broad array of clinical topics and health care policy issues.
Internal Medicine 2014 also features sessions that look at patient care through different lenses, such as "History of Medical Care through 100 Great Art Works" and "Guidelines or Constitution?: A Vignette from 19th-Century Medical Practice."
For the second consecutive year, ACP is partnering with Consumer Reports to hold a Patient Empowerment Expo. The Orlando area public is invited to come to the Hyatt Regency in Orlando on Saturday, April 12 from 8:00 a.m. to noon to learn about recommended screening tests, medical mistakes to avoid, and how to get the best value for your health care dollar.
"The Expo is part of ACP's High Value Care initiative, which includes helping patients become savvy consumers of what is necessary, beneficial preventive care and what might be unnecessary or even harmful testing," said Molly Cooke, MD, FACP, who is completing her one-year term as ACP's president.
Internal Medicine 2014 includes national abstract competitions for medical students and associate members. Finalists will compete onsite in four categories: Clinical Vignette, Basic Research, Clinical Research, Quality Improvement - Patient Safety. Oral presentations take place on April 11 and 12. Winners of the poster competitions will be announced on April 12 at 6:30 p.m.
On April 12 at 5:15 p.m., Internal Medicine 2014 Highlights and the final round of Doctor's Dilemma take place. Clinician-educators will share what they think are Internal Medicine 2014's most important take-home messages. Then the "Final Four" teams remaining in the Doctor's Dilemma competition -- a fast-paced, Jeopardy-style medical knowledge competition among students and residents -- will face off in the championship round. The winning team takes home the Osler Cup -- ACP's coveted trophy. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Doctor's Dilemma. The competition was the idea of ACP's Florida chapter in 1994.
During Internal Medicine 2014, David Fleming, MD, FACP, will become president of ACP and Robert Centor, MD, FACP will become chair of ACP's Board of Regents. Both terms are for one year.
The Internal Medicine 2014 Twitter hashtag is #im2014.