Clinical Correlations Reaches 1000 Articles Published!!

May 1, 2014

By: Neil Shapiro, MD Editor in Chief, Clinical Correlations

It’s so hard to fathom that Clinical Correlations, now in its 8th year, has reached yet another very significant milestone – 1000 articles published. Now this may not rate up there with McDonald’s over 300 billion served, but nonetheless I believe it is a milestone truly worth celebrating. Our website had its origin as a simple internal medicine residency program “blog” back in 2006, a year best remembered for the Human Genome Project publishing the last chromosome sequence in Nature and Pluto losing its status as a planet. From our humble origins until now, our goal has always been to highlight the fascinating aspects of internal medicine. Remarkably, through the years, we have stayed true to our course. Clinical Correlations continues to strive to be a potpourri of the field of internal medicine – highlighting anything and everything that could stir your curiosity. Over the years we have formalized our processes, instituted peer review and as a consequence, probably became a bit stuffier. However we pursued this stuffiness in the hope of ensuring the quality of the pieces we publish would be top notch and unassailable.

Three years ago I wrote about my hopes and aspirations for Clinical Correlations, and while I’ve wracked my brain trying to come up with something equally pithy yet more eloquent, I don’t think I can top my previous musings:

“We want to inspire you to say ‘wow, that’s fascinating, let me go read a little further about that.’ Our field of internal medicine is captivating – every aspect, every direction we look, and every now and then we need to stop and remind ourselves of this fact. That’s what Clinical Correlations tries to do…turn the noise off for a few moments and try to answer a difficult question, clarify a complicated disease, or just reflect on what makes us want to be physicians in the first place.”

I do want to recognize our current inner circle of editors – namely Michael Tanner our executive editor who has been by my side since the early days and Matthew Vorsanger and Brian Greet our current Associate Editors. This year we have worked hard to build a strong foundation for the years to come. There have been so many other people who have come along for the ride; the ever-changing cast of literally hundreds of students, residents, faculty peer reviewers, and editorial board members. There are too many to thank, and lest I insult anyone by leaving them off a list, I will avoid naming more names. You all know who you are and I deeply thank you for your contributions and commitment to Clinical Correlations.

In celebration, myself, Michael Tanner, Matthew Vorsanger and Brian Greet have put together a list of our top 10 all-time favorite Clinical Correlations articles…this was no easy task and unfortunately there are many wonderful pieces that did not make the list. I encourage you to visit our site map and peruse our archives. I’m sure you will find more than a few articles to add to your reading list.

So without further ado, in alphabetical order:

The Top 10 All Time Favorite Clinical Correlations Articles

1. Are We Too Hesitant to Anticoagulate Elderly Patients with Atrial Fibrillation? A Risk-Benefit Analysis – By: Sunny Shah

2. Decoding the apoL1 kidney – By: Areeba Sadiq

3. Fast Hearts and Funny Currents: Is Tachcardia Part of the Problem in Heart Failure Part 1 and 2 – By: Santosh Vardhana

4. Fractional Excretion of Sodium (FENa): Diagnostic Godsend or Gimmick – By: Jon-Emile Kenny?

5. In Search of a Competitive Advantage: A Primer for the Clinician Treating the Anabolic Steroid User – By: David Rosenthal and Robert Gianotti

6. Is a VBG as good as an ABG? – By: Sunnie Kim

7. Kayexalate: What is it and Does it Work? – By: Todd Cutler

8. Obesity 2.0: More than Just the Extra Weight – By: Aviva Regev

9. Reflections on Hurricane Sandy – By: Jessica Taff

10. Talk to your Doctor: Direct to Consumer Advertising parts 1,2,3 – By: Ishmeal Bradley, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

And since choosing 10 out of 1000 articles was just too onerous, here are another 10 that also deserve to share a bit of the limelight.

1. Corticosteroids and prophylaxis: What Complications Should you Try to Prevent in Patients on Chronic Corticosteroids? – By: Robert Fakheri

2. Did Abraham Lincoln Have Marfan’s Syndrome? – By: Anna Krigel

3. Does Heyde Syndrome (The Association Between Aortic Stenosis and Intestinal Angiodysplasia) Exist? – By: Lara Dunn

4. Does Running cause Knee Osteoarthritis? – By: Karin Katz

5. Does the BCG Vaccine really Work? – By: Mitchell Kim

6. How Do You Diagnose Polymyalgia Rheumatica? – By: Eve Wadsworth

7. Primary Care for the Transgender Population – By: Ishita Aggarwal

8. Should Patients with Nephrotic Syndrome Receive Anticoagulation? – By: Jennifer Mulliken

9. The DLO: Does FFP correct INR? – By: Nicole Lamparello

10. The Hangover: Pathophysiology and Treatment of an Alcohol Induced Hangover – By: Anthony Tolisano

Reaching the first 1000 articles has been an awesome ride…here’s to the next 1000 and beyond…


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