Hospital Medicine May 2013 - Hospital Medicine Alert - May 01, 2013

Target Audience:

This activity is intended for hospitalists, intensivists and acute care clinicians.


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Faculty Listing:

Physician Editor
Kenneth P. Steinberg, MD
Professor of Medicine
Program Director
Internal Medicine Residency Program
University of Washington

Executive Editor
Russ Underwood

Managing Editor
Jill Drachenberg

Stan Deresinski, MD, FACP, FIDSA
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Stanford University
Hospital Epidemiologist
Sequoia Hospital
Redwood City, CA

John P. DiMarco, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Division of Cardiology
University of Virginia

Barbara A. Phillips, MD, MSPH
Professor of Medicine
University of Kentucky;
Director, Sleep Disorders Center
Samaritan Hospital

Andrew J. Boyle, MBBS, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Interventional Cardiology
University of California
San Francisco

Matthew E. Fink, MD
Professor and Chairman
Department of Neurology
Weill Cornell Medical College
New York Presbyterian Hospital


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  • Tight vs Loose Rate Control in Permanent Atrial Fibrillation


  • discuss pertinent safety, infection control and quality improvement practices
  • explain diagnosis and treatment of acute illness in the hospital setting; and
  • discuss current data on diagnostic and therapeutic modalities for common inpatient problems.

Financial Disclosure:

Hospital Medicine Alert's physician editor, Kenneth P. Steinberg, MD, peer reviewer William Thompson, MD, executive editor Russ Underwood, associate managing editor Jill Drachenberg, and author Andrew J. Boyle, MBBS, PhD have no relevant financial relationship related to the material presented in this issue.

Author Stan Deresinski, MD, FACP, FIDSA does research for the National Institutes of Health, and is an advisory board member and consultant for Merck.

Author Barbara A. Phillips, MD, MSPH serves on the speakers bureau for PotomaCME.

Author Matthew E. Fink, MD is a retained consultant for MAQUET.

Author John P. DiMarco, MD, PhD does research for Medtronic, is a consultant for Medtronic, Novartis, and St. Jude, and is a speaker for Boston Scientific.

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