1 2 Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, FACP , Andrew Dunn, MD, MPH, SFHM, FACP , and Darilyn V. Moyer, MD, FACP 1 2 Department of Medical Oncology, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, USA; Division of Hospital Medicine, Mount Sinai Health System, New York, NY, USA; American College of Physicians, Philadelphia, PA, USA. J Gen Intern Med internists to be successful and contribute to the essential DOI: 10.1007/s11606-018-4500-0 mission of their institutions. Our diverse practice set- © Society of General Internal Medicine 2018 tings and specializations within internal medicine strengthen us in our common goal to provide compas- sionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness. Supporting the professional needs of hospitalists, general internists, and subspecialists will he American College of Physicians (ACP) appreciates strengthen internal medicine as a valued career path, theimportanceofCumbler’s qualitative study identifying promote physician wellness and retention, and foster a com- facilitators to academic success in early-career academic munity of internists focused on working together to meet the hospitalists. With the anticipated critical shortage of academic needs of their patients. ACP urges the internal medicine com- physicians, identifying and supporting physicians pursuing an munity to work together to advocate for appropriate resources academic career in hospital medicine is timely and important. to enhance the value of effectiveness of health care for the Our reading of Cumbler’s article leads us to a different view good of our profession and our patients. than that noted in the editorial “Equal Rights for General Internists.” The editorial focuses on dedicated time for schol- arship and highlights the time pressures in outpatient academic Corresponding Author: Darilyn V.Moyer,MD, FACP; American medicine relative to hospitalists. Based on experiences shared College of Physicians, 190 N. Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). by our members, ACP is aware that ambulatory internists and hospitalists are both burdened by documentation require- ments, lab result reviews, and other necessary follow- Compliance with Ethical Standards: up—often completed after hours. Conflict of Interest: The authors have no conflicts of interest to ACP agrees that ambulatory internists and hospitalists “are disclose. vital to our collective missions” through contributions in edu- cation, research, scholarship, and service. We believe the study and editorial raise questions for future study that could guide REFERENCE the development of an academic workforce structure that 1. Vetter MH, Carter M. Differences between first and fourth year medical would support scholarly endeavors more effectively. students' interest in pursuing careers in academic medicine. International Journal of Medical Education. 2016;7:154-157. https://doi.org/10.5116/ ACP advocates for adequate time and resources for all ijme.571b.af3d internists in academic and other settings to allow
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