Two UTHCT physicians contribute to well-known study guide for internists, medical specialists

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Two physicians at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler recently provided questions and reviewed part of a study guide used by medical specialists throughout the nation to prepare for board certification exams.

UTHSCT Vice President for Research Dr. Steven Idell and Joseph John Padinjarayveetil, MD, just completed the Pleural Disease section of the American College of Physicians Medical Knowledge Self Assessment Program 14. They were among 13 physicians across the country who were invited to update the study guide and provide questions for the self-assessment examination. Dr. Idell and Dr. Dr. Padinjarayveetil spent about a year on this task.

Specialists in internal medicine created the ACP’s Medical Knowledge Self Assessment Program. It covers 14 areas in internal medicine and is a way for physicians to update their knowledge of internal medicine and prepare to take the exam for board certification in that field.

Dr. Idell is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and the American College of Physicians and a past president of the Texas Thoracic Society. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, and critical care medicine. Dr. Idell’s research into lung injury and coagulation is funded by the National Institutes of Health. In addition, he is a member of the Protocol Review Committee for the NIH Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Network and recently served on strategic planning panels for the Lung and Blood Divisions of the NIH.

Dr. Padinjarayveetil, or “Dr. John” as his patients know him, is an assistant professor in UTHSCT’s Department of Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, and critical care medicine.

The ACP is the largest medical specialty society in the United States, with about 120,000 members. Its mission is to improve the quality and effectiveness of health care by promoting excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine.

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