It is my pleasure to take this opportunity to thank all of you—our readers, writers, and advertisers who have helped make the previous year a great one for IMWR, and also share with you our “wish list” for 2006:
• Continue to be an indispensable resource for internists, by publishing concise, cutting-edge updates on recent developments in medicine
• Provide in-depth commentaries on topics relevant to your practice
• Assist you in preparing for maintenance of certification
• Update the look and layout of the journal, to offer maximum value for your ­reading time
• Assess your needs as an internist in a busy practice and ensure that our contents are tailored to those needs
• Develop electronic complements to the print journal.
Interspersed in this issue are clinical highlights from several medical meetings that you most likely did not attend but are interested in, including the American Heart Association, the Radiologic Society of North America, the American College of Chest Physicians, and the American Society of Hematology, to name a few. On page 14, Dr Myerson discusses the question of whether coronary calcium is a predictor of coronary heart disease, and whether testing coronary calcium levels has a role in clinical practice. And on page 16a, you are invited to take the self-assessment test to help you prepare for the ABIM’s recently adopted maintenance of certification program.
You may have noticed a “double” front page on the past few issues of IMWR. No, you were not seeing double, nor was it a printing error. Rather, it is our not-so-subtle way of introducing our new reader-friendly look. There will be other slight changes this year that will enhance the overall readability of the journal.
In the coming months, some of you will receive an invitation to participate in a brief survey, which will help us determine how we can make the journal more useful to internists. If you are among those receiving the invitation, I hope you will take the opportunity to participate, and I thank you in advance for your time and input.
Finally, this year we will also be relaunching IMWRonline.com and introducing e-mail newsletters, which will archive past issues, deliver exclusive content, and summarize what your patients are reading in the lay press, so you are prepared to address their concerns.
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Will you participate in the ABIM’s maintenance of certification program this year? What do you like/dislike about IMWR? How can we better serve your needs in 2006 and beyond?
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