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ACP Governors increase activities

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

From organizing annual scientific meetings to honoring internists, ACP's Governors are trying to better serve College members-and they are looking for internists who want to get more involved in chapter activities.

The primary role of ACP Governors, who serve four-year terms, is to establish and nurture their chapter's infrastructure. Each ACP chapter organizes a scientific meeting every year. These meetings run on the average for two days, and provide approximately 10 CME credits. In addition to scientific sessions, most meetings include presentations from ACP Associates, town meetings that enable members to talk to local and national leaders, business meetings, awards presentations and social events. These meetings often include special activities for spouses and child care.

ACP chapters also recognize the efforts and accomplishments of their members. About three quarters of all chapters present an annual Laureate Award to an outstanding internist; others present a Master Teacher Award or a Distinguished Internist Award. A growing number of chapters now give awards to Associates and Medical Students.

Many chapters also participate in community-based teaching programs and provide mentorship and preceptorship programs for medical students and residents. Some chapters host focus groups to examine issues like the impact of managed care and the special needs of IMGs, women and African American physicians.

If you would like to become involved in your chapter's activities, contact your Governor. Not sure of your Governor's name? See ACP's 1997-98 Board of Regents and Board of Governors

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