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

New at Annual Session

The 1998 Annual Session, which will be held in San Diego April 2-5, will feature a number of changes:

  • ..The program will be simplified and easier to use.
  • ..Coverage of internal medicine topics will be broadened and based on the Federated Council for Internal Medicine's new guide to curriculum development.
  • ..Fewer sessions this year will require tickets.
  • ..More educational sessions will have unlimited attendance.

Arkansas Chapter launches health awareness campaign

An informational brochure will be created and three 30-second public service announcements will air statewide as part of the ACP Arkansas Chapter's Public Health Awareness Campaign.

Chapter members devised the plan to help residents deal with their three greatest health risks: smoking, diabetes and hypertension. Each announcement will address one of those three health conditions. In addition, ACP members will voluntarily staff a toll-free line at a local hospital to answer callers' health-related questions.

The campaign emphasizes that the program is "Sponsored by Internal Medicine doctors throughout the state ... We're doctors for adults," according to Taylor A. Prewitt, FACP, the College's Governor for Arkansas.

An incentive to provide community service

In conjunction with the national focus on volunteerism, ACP is encouraging medical residents to participate in local efforts to help improve their communities.

The ACP Community Service Initiative is designed to encourage medical residents—despite their busy schedules—to assist people in need. Residents who perform medi-cal or non-medical community service are eligible to participate and win awards as part of the initiative.

The first place winner will attend Annual Session in San Diego as ACP's guest; abstracts from the top 10 winners will be displayed at the meeting. For registration forms and information, talk to your program director or call ACP at 800-523-1546, ext. 2692. Forms are due Nov. 1.

ACP has released the second in a series on home care and a new book on curriculum development for internal medicine residency.

"The American College of Physicians' Home Care Guide for HIV and AIDS: For Family and Friends Giving Care at Home " is the second book in a series that provides information for people caring for critically ill family members. Physicians can use the book's detailed instructions and clear examples to guide families caring for dependents who are HIV-positive or suffering from AIDS-related illnesses. Price: $24.95, ACP members: $18.

"Graduate Education in Internal Medicine: A Resource Guide to Curriculum Development" presents clinical manifestations and interpretive procedural skills that general internists are expected to know. The book's 23 sections cover organ-based areas (such as endocrinology), related specialties (such as neurology), and other important fields (such as women's health and legal medicine). The book's worksheets help assist program directors and faculty to develop experiences for residents to ensure all the recommended competencies and skills are mastered. The guide is the product of a collaborative effort of the Federated Council of Internal Medicine's Task Force and hundreds of practicing internists and residency programs. Price: $24, ACP members: $18.

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