From the Editor

July 2020

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From the Editor Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Joseph Conigliaro, MD, MPH, Editor in Chief, SGIM Forum You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So... get on your way! —Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Thirty-three years ago, this past June, I graduated medical school. I was the first and only child of eight siblings to attend college and one of only two physicians in my family. I started residency knowing that I wanted to do academic general internal ...

COVID-19 2020

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From the Editor A Change Is Gonna Come Francine Jetton, MA Ms. Jetton ( jettonf@sgim.org ) is the director of communication & publications at the Society of General Internal Medicine. Those words hung in the air over the video call. It’s not like I wasn’t expecting it; I knew it was coming, having been part of SGIM’s COVID-19 response team that had met daily for the past two weeks. The night before, the CDC had banned group meetings of more than 50 people. Birmingham, Alabama, wasn’t ...

June 2020

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From the Editor You Can’t Go Home Again Joseph Conigliaro, MD, MPH, Editor in Chief, SGIM Forum “When things are at their worst is when you will see the good, the bad, and the ugly. Where people are under pressure you see like the true essence will come out and some people will break your heart, people who you expected to react differently will just break your heart and disappoint you but then other people who you expected nothing from will show you a strength and a resilience that just is ...

May 2020

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FROM THE EDITOR Nessun Dorma! Joseph Conigliaro, MD, MPH, Editor in Chief, SGIM Forum Nobody shall sleep!... Nobody shall sleep! Even you, oh Princess, in your cold room, watch the stars, that tremble with love and with hope. But my secret is hidden within me, my name no one shall know... No!...No!... On your mouth, I will tell it when the light shines. And my kiss will dissolve the silence that makes you mine!... (No one will know his name and we must, alas, die.) Vanish, o ...

April 2020

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From the Editor Photographs Joseph Conigliaro, MD, MPH, Editor in Chief, SGIM Forum We keep this love in a photograph We made these memories for ourselves Where our eyes are never closing Hearts are never broken And time’s forever frozen still. . . — Photograph by Ed Sheeran — Giuseppe Conigliaro, Porto Empedocle, Sicily, circa 1962 I recently needed to go through hundreds of family photographs, some going as far back as the last 70 years. It was both sad and heartwarming ...

March 2020

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From the Editor Too Smart for Your Own Good Joseph Conigliaro, MD, MPH, Editor in Chief, SGIM Forum When did you get so clever? When I realized I wasn’t as clever as I thought. —John Connolly, The Infernals I recently spoke to a potential recruit for a faculty position in one of our academic practices. Although predominantly a clinical position, there was also the opportunity to precept residents and teach medical students. This particular applicant was one year out of residency ...

February 2020

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From the Editor A Day in the Life Joseph Conigliaro, MD, MPH, Editor in Chief, SGIM Forum ... the newspapers of Utopia, he had long ago decided, would be terribly dull. —Arthur C. Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey I get my news from a smattering of sources but mostly from lead stories curated on Google’s news feed. I try to be selective and cognizant of the source of information and to include stories from legitimate sources that do not necessarily share the same views as me. The latter ...

January 2020

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR CORRECTING THE RECORD ON MEDICARE FOR ALL David U. Himmelstein, MD Dr. Himmelstein (dhimmels@hunter.cuny.edu) is a distinguished professor at the City University of New York at Hunter College and Lecturer in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Block and Bedell’s description of Medicare for All in the September 2019 SGIM Forum includes some important oversights, errors, and misconceptions.1 They ignore the well-documented savings on administrative costs in hospitals ...
From the Editor Happy New Year! Joseph Conigliaro, MD, MPH, Editor in Chief, SGIM Forum As we enter 2020, SGIM Forum continues to present a varied and outstanding collection of articles relevant to general internists whether they be clinicians, educators, researchers, or any combination. Eric Rosenberg starts us off with highlights of the upcoming national meeting in Birmingham. It’s a testimony to the hard work and ingenuity of the program Chairs and Planning Committee to consistently ...