In This Month's Issue

As we begin a new year, we return to our daily work with renewed energy to continue addressing essential issues for general internists and our SGIM communities.

Monica Lypson, SGIM President, highlights key goals in SGIM’s anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, in accordance with SGIM Executive Committee’s DEI Workgroup recommendations. Eric Bass, SGIM CEO, details how we are strengthening our Society’s external relationships in alignment with our vision of a just system of care in which all people can achieve optimal health. Tiffany Leung, SGIM Forum Editor in Chief, reviews SGIM Forum’s growth in talent and diversity over the past year and a half, in keeping with overall SGIM targets.

A new addition to SGIM Forum, in collaboration with the Ethics Committee, “Ask an Ethicist” is a new department in which articles address common and important ethical questions faced by general internists. In this issue, Kyle Karches, chair of the SGIM Ethics Committee, examines a scenario in which a patient asks for a note to state that she can safely return to work after testing positive for COVID-19 one month earlier. To Ask an Ethicist, members are encouraged to contact the Ethics Committee with their questions that can be addressed in future articles.

Additionally, Maria (Gaby) Frank outlines six steps for professional development on a journey that is purposeful, attainable, successful, and also enjoyable. Mohammed Pasha shares a perspective on the challenges of securing a Visa into the US after matching internationally. Sarah Merriam and colleagues share their experiences with writing sprints as a collaborative pathway towards publishing success. Also in this issue, Hugh Silk describes the essential role of oral health in medical education. Finally, Rebecca Shafer and coauthors share their experiences of creating an obesity medicine track for internal medicine residents.

From the Editor

Scholarly Publications: Overcoming Writer’s Block and Sharing Unique Experiences

Michael Landry, MD, MSc, FACP, Editor in Chief, SGIM Forum
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Featured Column

Enforcing Unjust Laws Violates Medical Ethics: Physicians Who Do So Must Be Held Accountable

Amirala S. Pasha, DO, JD; Richard Silbert, MD*
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Matthew J. Mulligan, MD; Karen E. Stenehjem, MD; Anne C. Cioletti, MD
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Eva P. Szymanski, MD; Jessica X. Zuo, MD
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Other Articles

The Psychosocial Impact of Surviving Pediatric Cancer: Recommendations for Internists from the Pediatric Cancer Survivorship Literature

Suranjana Dey, MD, MPH; Jeremy Snyder, MD; Laura C. Hart, MD, MPH
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The Power of Conversation: How Podcasting Helped Me Address Imposter Syndrome

Elizabeth C. Esselman, MD
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Elder Abuse: The Importance of Recognition and Reporting by General Internists

Sarah Tietz, MD; Jennifer L. Michener, MD; Elizabeth M. Bloemen, MD, MPH
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Digital Evaluation and Management Services: A Route to Harmony with the Portal

Stephen Fuest, MD; Erin Murphy, MD
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Building and Strengthening Relationships

Martha S. Gerrity, MD, MPH, PhD, FACP, President, SGIM
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