The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health and environmental medicine; bioethics and medical education; and quality health care, patient safety, and best practices.

Southern Medical Journal Vol. 112 • No. 08 • August 2019

Medicine and Medical Specialties

Prevalence and Predictors of Pulmonary Embolism in Hospitalized Patients with Syncope
Hussam Ammar, MD, Chaand Ohri, MD, Said Hajouli, MD, Shaunak Kulkarni, MD, Eshetu Tefera, MS, Ragai Fouda, PhD, MD, Rukma Govindu, MD

Weight-Bearing Physical Activity Influences the Effect of Vitamin D on Bone Turnover Markers in Patients with Intellectual Disability
Philip B. May, MD, Stephen J. Winters, MD

Public Health & Environmental Medicine

Health Behaviors in Rural Appalachia
Aasha I. Hoogland, PhD, Charles E. Hoogland, PhD, Shoshana H. Bardach, PhD, Yelena N. Tarasenko, DrPH, Nancy E. Schoenberg, PhD

Bioethics & Medical Education

What Defines an Honors Student? Survey of Pediatric and Internal Medicine Faculty Perspectives
Erinn O. Schmit, MD, Chang L. Wu, MD, Ryan B. Khodadadi, MD, L. Nicholas Herrera, MD, Winter L. Williams, MD, Carlos A. Estrada, MD, MS

Commentary on “What Defines an Honors Student? Survey of Pediatric and Internal Medicine Faculty Perspectives”
Patricia G. McBurney, MD, MSCR

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