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October 2021

In this issue, Lypson, SGIM President, reflects on SGIM history to address COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy and plans for the future, while Bass, SGIM CEO, and Gerrity, chair of SGIM’s Philanthropy Committee, also look ahead on bolstering SGIM’s community through the Forging Our Future program. Anampa-Guzmán, a medical student, courageously shares her experiences as a physician mental health and neurodiversity advocate. Torres-Deas and Moise call for greater attention to the link between physician well-being and patient well-being in their perspective. As one example, Malik, et al, share preliminary findings linking physician perceptions of e-cigarette use and advice given about using them as tobacco cessation tools. Miller offers a guide for primary care physicians to seek key competencies in a behavioral health clinician who can be a part of an integrated primary care team, while D’Amico, et al, describe the importance of screening for and addressing adverse childhood experiences among patients.

SGIM members excel at directly and deftly disrupting stigma-perpetuating barriers to well-being, including social and workplace injustices, using the tools of our trade: scientific evidence, expertise, and professionalism, weaved together by our shared human experiences and commonalities. Although 2022 is just around the corner, there is still so much more to be done to advance physician and patient mental health and well-being. Let’s be sure to keep going forward together, with and for each other and for our patients!

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September 2021

The SGIM Forum September 2021 theme issue on “Physician and Patient Well-being and Mental Health” offers a variety of readings on this essential topic. Lypson, SGIM President, reminds us of the importance of “putting on your oxygen mask first before helping others,” while Bass, SGIM CEO, and Smith, ACP Vice President for Clinical Education, offer resources and tools from both societies to promote well-being and professional satisfaction. The article of the month, by Gier, et al., translates principles of dialectical behavioral therapy into a program that supports collaborative team care that also promotes team and individual clinician and staff well-being. Caputo-Seidler shares the healing power of storytelling and writing, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Leung, SGIM Forum Editor, reflects on the necessity of being able “to do nothing” to make mental space and renew energy and permit creativity and innovation to flourish. Wong, et al., remind us that structural and system interventions are the only sustainable pathway towards addressing healthcare provider burnout. On the note of structural change, Sgro reflects on the “deprivations of residency,” particularly sleep deprivation and duty hour regulations, that still yearn to be fully addressed to improve resident physician well-being. Walsh, et al., also inform us of the vital importance of financial well-being as a component of overall physician well-being. 

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August 2021

In this issue, Lypson, SGIM President, looks back to reflect on the value of SGIM membership and community during the first-ever virtual live SGIM Annual Meeting in April 2021. Leung, SGIM Forum Editor in Chief, also looks back, asking members to continue sharing their #MyFirstSGIM experiences and how they came to call SGIM their professional home. Bass, CEO of SGIM, and Lypson look forward together to describe how SGIM Council, Committees, and Commissions develop and set their priorities for the upcoming year. Jetton announces the #SGIM21 award winners, while Lee, et al., feature wisdom and inspiration from several education award winners. Additionally, an essay from associate member Min, this issue's article of the month, speaks of loss during patient care. An essay from Terasaki offers first-hand perspective of methadone disposition for hospitalized patients. Redinger, et al., survey their interns and residents on preferences for virtual case conferences during COVID-19. Finally, Brown, et al., write up a case report of a rare disease, a neuroimmunological disorder presenting with symptoms of autonomic dysfunction.

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July 2021

This mid-summer issue of SGIM Forum offers an educational potpourri. In this issue, Jani writes about Reflejos, an arts and humanities online publication, for which she served as editor. Eric Bass, SGIM CEO, and Rita Lee, chair of the 2021 Annual Meeting Program Committee, reflect on a successful virtual annual meeting. Mulligan, et al, summarizes the advantages and disadvantages of block grants, discussed at a LEAHP scholars journal club. Schmidt, et al, offer documentation tips to meet both patient needs and new CMS documentation requirements. Buell, et al, explains assessment of residents’ interest in performing procedures and implications for educational curricular planning. Le, et al, share high-yield insights on POCUS usage in evaluating patients with COVID-19. Finally, Levine recommends Closing the Gender Pay Gap in Medicine, a timely book that features contributions from members of the SGIM Women and Medicine Commission. Maybe the July Effect is just us revving our (learning) engines!

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June 2021

SGIM’s physician leaders continue to pave a pathway for the academic general medicine community to evolve and make societal progress together. Monica Lypson, SGIM president, reflects on SGIM engagement as a pathway towards addressing collective burnout. Eric Bass, SGIM CEO, provides a vital update on recommendations from a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report on high-quality primary care. Physician-educators Orr, et al, and Achuonjei, et al, describe interprofessional educational programs for learners of different disciplinary backgrounds, aiming also to deliver virtual team care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Physician informaticians Hernandez, et al, describe a unique pathway for residents to develop expertise as clinical informatics scholars. Physician-mother and fellow Mahrer Owen reflects on receiving her COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy. In the spirit of SGIM Forum’s March theme issue on climate change and health, physician-advocates Balaban, et al, offer a reminder of physicians’ roles in environmental and climate health advocacy, especially in combination with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, to advance population and public health.

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In this issue, the Editor’s Column features the voices of the entire SGIM Forum editorial team, exploring the importance and relevance of publishing in SGIM Forum as scholarly work. Also, SGIM international members are interviewed by Marley Dubrow, SGIM member engagement associate, regarding the COVID-19 response and approaches to vaccination distribution in Greece, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom. Monica Lypson, SGIM president, writes her first President’s Column for SGIM Forum, reflecting on our collective adaptation to -- and our tremendous capacity to drive -- change in the last year and onward during her upcoming year as president. Eric Bass, SGIM CEO, and Margaret Lo, chair of the SGIM Learning Management System (LMS) Task Force, update our readers on essential LMS features and considerations for continuing growth within our society. Bonnema, et al, and Raffel, et al, inform us of important medical educational developments across career stages from the last year. Finally, Stella, et al, articulate how the clashing U.S. homelessness crisis and COVID-19 pandemic exacerbate health disparities and hinder pandemic recovery -- and outline opportunities for community partnership and advocacy for support services and programs.

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April 2021

Despite learning from officially accredited CME activities, physicians at any career stage are constantly learning from non-accredited yet similarly educational resources as practicing clinical medicine is such a knowledge-intensive discipline. Articles in this month’s Forum offer such essential learning: Oboh, Student National Medical Association president, discusses why Black students cannot stand alone in transforming undergraduate medical education; Bussey-Jones offers her advice on how to diversify academic leadership; Graves, et al, share experiences of quickly launching a combined virtual regional meeting; and Jetton and Hinkley preview the upcoming virtual annual meeting. The annual meeting marks a leadership transition as well as Jean Kutner, SGIM President, offers her final president’s column before Monica L. Lypson, SGIM President-Elect, begins her term. Green, Dunne, and Bass provide updates on collaboration between SGIM and UpToDate for learning content development; Williams, et al, review the Women and Medicine Commission’s collaboration with the Health Equity Commission on Career Advising Program updates; and Ahson shares a case report where a PaO2 saturation gap can be a vital clue for making a critical diagnosis.

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March 2021

Like this pandemic, climate change respects no borders, making global climate commitments essential to preserve precious shared environmental resources and motivate human behavior with fewer negative environmental impacts. As the pandemic continues, so, too, do other urgent contemporary public health priorities, as Jean Kutner, SGIM president, reminds us. SGIM experts, leaders, and advocates in climate health share their insights on advancing climate justice, promoting climate health education of the public and medical communities, and improving patients’ and population health. As you read articles in this first-ever Forum theme issue on climate change and health, I encourage you to also explore the informative references that authors cite, including important policy statements, government reports, position papers, and research articles. We have an engaged and forward-thinking Forum associate editor team to thank for highlighting climate change and health in this special theme issue. I hope you find this to be a springboard for continuous learning and inspiration on how you can engage in climate advocacy and care for patients affected by climate change.

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February 2021

As 2021 continues, we demonstrate our values through our actions, much like our upcoming annual meeting theme of “Transforming Values into Action.’ We bring our whole selves, including our intersectional identities, to the table and reinforce our values and actions through community and belonging. In this issue of Forum, articles offer a variety of perspectives from our community’s common identity as general internists and members of SGIM. Jean Kutner, SGIM president, shares her own SGIM journey and sage advice from long-time leaders in the Society on getting engaged. Eric Bass, SGIM CEO, teams up with Schwartz and Staiger, chairs of the Leadership in Health Policy Program, to provide a vital update on a new primary care coalition in partnership with other professional organizations. Kwolek, et al, and Shrivastava and Bennett, offer two articles from the Women and Medicine Commission, introducing their new Workgroup on Parenting initiative launched in November 2020 and offering a program director’s leadership view on policies to promote a family-friendly residency environment. As of mid-December 2020, the first waves of COVID-19 vaccinations in the United States have only just begun. Peek offers a critical commentary on equitable vaccine access for the most vulnerable communities suffering from poor outcomes COVID-19 due to structural racism. Reflecting on an earlier stage of the pandemic, Kutscher and Kladney compare COVID-19 test counselling benefits during the pandemic to those of HIV test counselling during the AIDS epidemic. From the front lines, Holliday shares her emotional journey of caring for a dying COVID-19 patient as a resident and facilitating his family’s final goodbyes remotely.

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January 2021

In the January 2021 issue of Forum, Lee and Schenker, co-chairs of SGIM’s 2021 Annual Meeting, share the benefits of attending the Society’s virtual live -- and lively! -- meeting April 20-23, 2021. Jean Kutner, SGIM president, describes learnings as we reprise and adapt our regional and national COVID-19 responses, contrasting our roles metaphorically with the film, Groundhog Day. Eric Bass, SGIM CEO, updates us on the status of SGIM external relations through organizational collaborations to benefit our communities and patients. Tiffany I. Leung, Forum editor, reflects on New Year’s resolutions accompanying a needed sense of renewal for physicians and front-line healthcare workers. Hanna and Callister provide best practices for substance use disorders treatment during COVID-19. Block et al describe a pilot project engaging medical students in COVID-19 telehealth care, while Sagar and McGinn describe five core tenets and the design of a post-COVID ambulatory patient care service. Sgro provides us the third and final installment of Forum’s Racism in Medicine essay collection. Hamer and Estrada close the issue with a comprehensive list of scholarly publication venues for quality improvement work, refreshing a previous list from 2011.

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December 2020

While not intended as a COVID-19 issue, this month’s articles reflect how significantly our experiences during the pandemic have molded our memories of 2020. Lenhart, et al, and Kennedy, et al, offer institutional and leadership perspectives in transforming local support systems and effective communication channels to provide resources and information to their healthcare workers and physicians. Jean Kutner, SGIM president, and Hollis Day, treasurer, offer us a transparent view on planning for virtual SGIM 2021. Eric Bass, SGIM CEO, keeps us updated on SGIM finances and a new philanthropy program. Dubrow, et al, an SGIM member engagement associate, describes global perspectives from SGIM members in Argentina, Canada, Japan, and Switzerland on their countries’ COVID-19 responses. Student first author, Leede, et al, describes the potential promise of learning from social media for COVID-19-related practice. Carney shares tips for physicians caring for patients like her, a medical student, when she had surgery for non-COVID-19 care during the pandemic. Gonzalez offers a cautionary note about implicit bias training, acknowledging the necessity for institutions to adopt implicit bias recognition and management.

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November 2020

In this penultimate issue of 2020, Sottile reflects on “losing touch” with patients. Wilhite, et al, describe starting points for institutions to address social determinants of health to overcome inequities exacerbated by COVID-19, while Kuy, et al, provide an overview of communities affected during the pandemic, including children and rural communities. Systemic racism also remains an important aspect of these discussions, as Thomas, et al, explore differences in hypertension control by race among patients in resident and faculty clinics and Sgro offers the second part of a Forum essay collection on racism in medicine. Morales offers us a rapid-fire view of important issues to consider as the U.S. presidential election looms, while SGIM President Jean Kutner and CEO Eric Bass supply updates on the current state of SGIM advocacy and primary care research funding landscapes, respectively.

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October 2020

This issue examines how SGIM members are leading on evergreen issues in general internal medicine. Jean Kutner, our president, shares how leadership lessons can come from non-work experiences. Julie Oyler, BRL chair, describes how SGIM region presidents are adapting local events to continue serving members, including offering vital networking and mentoring opportunities. Cunningham, et al, share the under-recognized importance of advanced care planning among young adults with cancer in their morning report. Van Doren, a third-year resident, calls our medical communities to action towards building anti-racist medical institutions, while Hasnain, et al, outline their consortium’s 10-step pathway for dismantling racism in academic medicine. Kane, et al, offer local learning on a residency continuity clinic for obesity medicine and LeFrancois, et al, from the MOC Subcommittee of SGIM’s Education Committee offer updates on ABIM maintenance of certification options.

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September 2020

In this issue, SGIM president Jean S. Kutner and SGIM CEO, Eric Bass introduce the Society’s plans for looking inward to diversity, equity, and inclusion internally. Onumah and Fleurant, current co-chairs of SGIM’s Health Equity Commission, reflect on the racist history of medicine, noting that our current actions can change history for when we’re looking back at 2020 from the future. Associate members contribute two articles to this issue (Oronce/Chu and Shankar), looking at medicine and sharing their stories from trainees’ eyes. The SGIM Education Committee and Leisman/Karani offer recommendations for medical education programs to be anti-racist. The issue closes with the beginning of a collection of essays, as Sgro looks back at five of many previously published Forum articles on race and medicine.

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August 2020

In this issue, we recognize our 2020 SGIM awardees, traditionally recognized also at the Annual Meeting. Additional articles offer glimpses into how our daily routines, professionally and personally, have been inexorably altered due to regional and global events. Ganith, et al., describe parenting during shelter-in-place orders, McNamara, et al., explore rapid adaptations to teaching virtual visit competencies to trainees, and Erickson writes about her own experience as a medical student dealing with new uncertainties around taking the USMLE. Eric Bass, SGIM’s CEO, responds to learners’ concerns about the “new normal” for them in the SGIM community

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July 2020

This month’s issue features the work academic internists are doing as we progress through this difficult time. Drs. Leung, Ali, Bischof, Belaustegui and Frank provide us with thoughtful pieces on COVID-19 in four global regions. Dr. Susan Lopez reviews the impact of COVID-19 on the Hispanic community in Chicago. Dr. Manya J. Gupta discusses an unexpected wellness tool for healthcare workers—TikTok.

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June 2020

This month’s issue tries to get back to the work we do as academic internists. Drs. Clark, Sims, Grenn, and Fryoux fittingly provide us with four thoughtful pieces on dealing with death. Dr. Grossniklaus discusses how to teach procedures through medical procedure services integrated into residency electives. SGIM President Dr. Jean Kutner also provides a framework looking toward this uncertain and complex future in her monthly column.

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COVID-19 2020

SGIM is excited to bring you a very special edition of the SGIM Forum. Because of these unprecedented times, the Society wanted to offer an additional issue of Forum dedicated to COVID-19. This additional issue gives voice to the many SGIM members who have been, and continue to be, on the front lines of the current pandemic. We hope you find it a source of inspiration, hope, and information.

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May 2020

I am at a loss for the words that can adequately describe these last several weeks. I know all of you have been deep in the throes of this pandemic. I know you lost patients. You may have lost colleagues or loved ones. This is unprecedented. This is historic. I think it’s fair to say that most of us have never had nor imagined an experience like this. But general internists are made for this. We have the capability to clinically function on many facets of the care team to support the front line. Our skills in research, education, and leadership also make us critical to our organizations in coordinating the overall short- and long-term response at the health system, community and national level.

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April 2020

This month’s Forum features articles on the social determinants. Dr. DeSalvo continues her series by celebrating the people of SGIM. In the domain of medical education, Dr. Cacace tells us how to incorporate into our clinic precepting and Dr. Agonofer and colleagues share their experience on how to get our learners to act on them. Our Morning Report from Dr. Holtzman touches on an aspect of social determinants as well. These should get you in the right mind set for Birmingham next month. In addition, we also include an update on E/M coding from Drs. Goodson and Miller, learn about knowledge and attitudes around marijuana by Drs. Knapp and Jindall.

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March 2020

SGIM members continue to expose our trainees to a broad set of generalist careers, including ambulatory and hospital medicine and geriatrics. SGIM members also occupy the myriad careers that generalists can evolve into, including research, education, and leadership roles. With the annual meeting coming up in May, consider sponsoring a student or trainee to attend. There is no better way to catch the passion of general internal medicine than an SGIM National Meeting. In addition to the meeting, the SGIM Forum represents an excellent opportunity to showcase what a career in academic general medicine looks like and what we care about. This month’s Forum is a good reflection of the many topics and areas of interest to generalists and what is likely to be presented at the meeting. Dr. DeSalvo continues to address the issue of social determinates of health, the annual meeting’s theme, in her President’s column on how we can pay to address them. Dr. Allyn and colleagues report on an interdisciplinary collaborative approach to improve the care of patients with chest tubes. Dr. Anderson, et al, provide a conversation calling us to rekindle the age-old practice of bedside rounding. Rounding out the issue are two wonderfully written Breadth and Perspective pieces and a Morning Report.

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February 2020

In this issue, we have a few headlines of our own. SGIM President Dr. Karen DeSalvo shares a column on the work of the SGIM Council regarding SGIM’s strategic plan, related metrics, and the resulting dashboard. Dr. DeSalvo, along with immediate past president, Dr. Corbie-Smith, CEO Dr. Eric Bass, Deputy CEO Kay Ovington, and the rest of the Council have shown true leadership in the choices they’ve made—choices that will move our Society forward and achieve its longterm goals. A must read for every SGIM member! We also have headlines about the use of telemedicine, medical education, social media, and the use of teaching champions as well.

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January 2020

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 come up with a rich meeting agenda and program every year that is innovative and diverse. The 2020 meeting theme is “Just Care: Addressing the Social Determinants for Better Health.” SGIM President Karen DeSalvo continues, as she has all year, to make us aware of the importance of the social determinants of health. She reminds us of the need to unite with non-medical partners and accept being “the spoke to a partners hub.” In addition, Joseph Truglio and his colleagues describe the use of “anti-racist” techniques in selecting applicants for residency programs. This past year, Forum editors solicited articles for theme issues on topics such as gun violence and point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS). We plan future issues focused on the social determinants of health to coincide with the national meeting as well as on provider burnout for later in the year. These calls for papers have been very successful, and we are thankful for that. One of this month’s articles narrowly missed our POCUS theme issue in December. Noelle Northcutt and colleagues report on a faculty development training program for POCUS in a busy underserved setting. This month also features a letter from David Himmelstein and a response from Jade Bedell and Adam Block on their piece “Medicare for All 2020” published in the September 2019 Forum.1 Both parties add further thoughtful commentaries regarding this important issue.

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