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From the February 1997 ACP Observer, copyright © 1997 by the American College of Physicians.

Help ACP put Annual Session on the Web

The College is looking for members to serve as online correspondents for its third Virtual Annual Session, which appears on ACP Online (http://www.acponline.org). Virtual Annual Session features updates and informal reports on presentations by ACP members attending the meeting. If you will be attending this year's Annual Session and would like to volunteer as a correspondent, please contact Chris Dwyer at 800-523-1546, ext. 2571, or via e-mail at cdwyer@acponline.org.

ACP provides new patient survey tool

The College is offering members an easy, cost-effective and confidential way to measure patient perceptions of quality through its new Office Practice Assessment Program (OPAP).

The program consists of a mostly multiple-choice patient survey that addresses such issues as the physician's technical expertise, interpersonal skills, effectiveness at educating patients and sensitivity to financial concerns. ACP prepares a report of the survey findings designed to identify a practice's areas of strength and of concern.

"OPAP gives physicians insight into how patients feel about each aspect of their health care," said Chris Dowdell, the College's OPAP associate.

The program also may bolster a physician's competitive position when negotiating contracts, he said. OPAP findings create an objective view of how physicians can work to continually improve the quality of their care, and how this adds value for the patient and payer alike. "Managed care organizations have traditionally had more practice-related data at hand than physicians. OPAP puts important information back into the physician's hands," Mr. Dowdell said.

The College will survey up to 200 patients per physician. To ensure confidentiality, patients complete the survey at home and return it to ACP in a postage-paid envelope. The College sends a report of the results in a specially marked envelope to an address of the physician's choosing.

OPAP costs $500 per physician. For a free OPAP information packet, call 800-523-1546, ext. 2600.

ACP certificates available for community-based practitioners

Certificates for community-based practitioners are available as part of the ACP Community-Based Teaching Preceptor Reward and Recognition Program.

To qualify for the program's certificates, practitioners must have taught students or residents in their office in association with an educational program offered through a medical school, a residency program or an ACP Governor, and have actively taught medical students and internal medicine residents for one, five or 10 years. A "Teacher of the Year" plaque is also available.

Information: Robbin Gilmore at College headquarters, 800-523-1546, ext. 2588.

MKSAP 10 available on CD-ROM

The electronic version of the College's MKSAP 10 self-assessment program is now available on CD-ROM.

MKSAP 10 Electronic, coproduced by ACP and Mosby-Year Book Inc., contains the complete text of the print edition of MKSAP 10, full text searching capability, a built-in self-test function, video clips and full text of cited articles from Annals of Internal Medicine. Users can earn up to 146 category 1 CME credits by taking the tests and submitting the results to ACP.

The CD-ROM works with both PC and Macintosh computers. It costs $295 for Associates, $395 for Members and $495 for nonmembers. A package of both the CD-ROM and print version of MKSAP 10 costs $429 for Associates, $599 for Members and $859 for nonmembers.

Information: 800-426-4545.

College co-sponsoring osteoporosis meeting

ACP is co-sponsoring the meeting "Osteoporosis: Research Advances and Clinical Applications," to be held June 4 to 7 in Washington, D.C.

The conference, which will be held by the National Osteoporosis Foundation, will offer scientific sessions and clinical workshops on developments in the field of osteoporosis.

Information: 202-223-2226; fax 202-223-2237.

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