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

ACP names Laureate Award winners

The Laureate Award honors Fellows and Masters of the American College of Physicians who have demonstrated their commitment to excellence in medical care, education, research and service to their community, their region and the American College of Physicians.

Awardees generally are senior physicians and have been Fellows for at least 15 to 20 years, with a long history of excellence and peer approval in the specialty of internal medicine. Additionally, they have served the College with distinction. Exceptional circumstances may modify these requirements.

The following individuals have received Laureate Awards since January 1997:

Air Force
Col. Charles K. Maffet, FACP

Southern California I
Peter V. Barrett, FACP
L. Julian Haywood, FACP

Colorado
Patricia Aquaviva Gabow, FACP
Stephen Francis Wallner, FACP

Delaware
Norman P. Jones, FACP
Bernadine Z. Paulshock, FACP

District of Columbia
James J. Leonard, MACP
Richard B. Perry, FACP

Louisiana
Ronald B. George, FACP
George A. Pankey, FACP

Mississippi
William A. Causey, FACP

New Jersey
Francis Griffin, FACP

North Carolina
Eugene M. Bozymski, FACP

The following individual was presented with a Laureate award in October 1996 and mistakenly omitted from the last list of winners published in ACP Observer:

Tennessee
Blair Dillard Erb, FACP

Dr. Latos named to HCFA council

Derrick Latos, FACP, the College's Governor for West Virginia, has been named to the HCFA Practicing Physicians Advisory Council. The council advises HCFA officials on proposed regulations and any developments affecting medical practice.

Former ACP Governor for New Jersey, Mary Herald, FACP, also sits on the council. Dr. Latos' nomination was backed by both the College and the national society that represents renal physicians.

ACP plans international meeting in Jordan

For the first time, ACP is collaborating with the Jordan Medical Association and the Islamic Medical Association of North America for an international conference in Amman, Jordan.

The conference, planned for July 25 to August 2, will bring together internists from around the world in meet-the-professor sessions and symposia on such topics as hypertension, airway diseases, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, transplantation, medical education and women's health.

While physicians from the United States will give a majority of the presentations, physicians from countries including India, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Jordan are also scheduled speakers.

"It's very hard for physicians to come to the United States all the time for conferences," said Faroque A. Khan, MB, MACP, the conference's course director and a member of the ACP Board of Regents. "The object of the conference is to share with groups overseas what ACP has to offer, to link the group overseas with us here in the United States and to share perspectives on medicine."

The University of Illinois at Chicago will provide CME credits. For more information contact Dr. Khan at 516-572-6540; fax: 516-572-5609; or e-mail: 102100. 1045@compuserve.com.

ACP lyme disease project extended

The College has received a 10-month extension from the Centers for Disease Control for its three-year grant on Lyme disease.

"This gives us a chance to promote the products of our research," said Susan Deutsch, FACP, the principal investigator on the project. The project led to the creation of the interactive continuing medical education workshop, "Lyme Disease: From Consensus to Care," and a companion clinical practice tool kit.

The College has trained 30 clinicians to conduct the workshop, which has been available in an eight-state target area: Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The companion tool kit is in the final stages of development. It includes a patient guide for physicians, an annotated bibliography, a dosing chart and a momogram to help physicians predict the probability that their patients have Lyme disease.

The kit will be sent to all past attendees of the workshop and to those who attend workshops before February 1998, when the grant expires. The College has also developed a video on Lyme disease.

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