ACP acknowledges outstanding chapter activities
Nine chapters were presented with Evergreen Awards at Annual Session for their outstanding efforts. Here is a list of the winning chapters and a brief description of their work.
To increase member participation and pride in the Mexico Region, ACP's Governor invited Members and Fellows who had been published to exhibit their books at the Mexico Regional Meeting. Twelve authors agreed, helping attract nearly 500 registrants.
Education and Information
Utah's effort to keep its members well-informed include a membership directory created in 1996 to increase the exchange of information between members, educate them about ACP and enhance membership in the College. The directory has been touted by chapter members as a link to Utah's ACP Governor, local committee chairs and other members.
By introducing several changes to its regional meeting, the Florida Chapter boosted its attendance from 90 attendees in 1995 to 255 attendees in 1996. Enhancements included an eight-hour postgraduate course and waived registration fees for the meeting.
Georgia began pairing internists and freshman medical students in 1995 to provide students with an internal medicine mentor and to give internists the opportunity to teach. The inaugural program promotion resulted in 101 freshman student applicants—25% of all freshman medical students in the state—and 54 preceptor applicants in the summer of 1994.
The Ohio Chapter developed the ACP Medical Students Committee to increase awareness of ACP, increase visibility of internal medicine and promote the attractiveness of internal medicine as a career option for medical students. Through the work of the committee, internal medicine clubs were started at four of the six medical schools in the state.
Southern California Region I
Southern California Region I established the ACP Student Internist Award to honor two graduating medical students—one from the UCLA School of Medicine and one from USC School of Medicine—who have matched in an internal medicine program. The award is given in honor of an ACP Master or Fellow who is a known role model on faculty and who is present when the award is given.
Southern California Region II
Southern California Region II has held three career symposia for Associates, increasing attendance at its regional meeting by 51%. The one-day symposium includes a panel discussion with recent medical school graduates, a chance to meet their local advisory council and an opportunity to participate in interview workshops.
The Tennessee ACP Governor's Council developed a satisfaction survey designed to solicit members' views on the TennCare state Medicaid waiver initiative, with the purpose of generating ideas for improvement. The proposed modifications and solutions solicited from the survey are being forwarded to the state legislature.
ACP's Maryland Chapter created the "Community Care Initiative" to promote ACP's interactions with medical students from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Activities have included a health fair at an inner city shopping mall that provided screening in a number of areas such as blood pressure, anemia, glucose, vision and depression.
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