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

Choose ACP to represent you at the AMA

ACP is asking members who also belong to the AMA to identify the College as their representative specialty society in current balloting.

The AMA sent ballots to its members in the Oct. 13 issue of American Medical News asking physicians to name a specialty society to represent them. For every 2,000 AMA members that choose ACP, the College gains one vote in the House of Delegates in addition to the one each specialty society automatically receives. Last year, the College gained two voting seats through this process.

Cast your vote by returning the reply card enclosed in American Medical News or via a variety of other ways (e.g., e-mail, fax) outlined on the ballot card. The AMA is accepting ballots through Dec. 31, 1997.

Evergreen recognition program needs your ideas

Nominations for ACP's Evergreen Awards are due Nov. 14. Evergreen Awards honor College chapters for developing programs that strengthen ACP's chapters and increase member communication and involvement. If you have been involved in a chapter initiative, contact your Governor. Information: Amy Allen at 800-523-1546, ext. 2715.

New Board of Governors Chair-elect chosen

Mahendr S. Kochar, FACP, has been elected Chair-elect of the Board of Governors. He replaces Jonathan Ross, FACP, who stepped down from the position earlier this year. Dr. Kochar, who currently serves as ACP's Governor for the Wisconsin Chapter, will complete the 1997-98 Chair-elect term and become Chair of the Board of Governors at the 1998 Annual Session in San Diego.

CEAP gets new director

As part of its efforts to revamp its 15-year-old Clinical Efficacy Assessment Project (CEAP), the College has named Christel Mottur-Pilson, PhD, as Director of the Scientific Policy Department. Dr. Mottur-Pilson was formerly executive director of the Internal Medicine Center to Advance Research and Education, a foundation established by the American Society of Internal Medicine. ACP's Board of Regents earlier this year recommended that a new process be used to produce CEAP guidelines more quickly, to disseminate them more broadly and to work more closely with other organizations that also produce guidelines.

PR campaign goes on "Today"

Chief spokesperson for ACP's public education campaign Sandra Adamson Fryhofer, FACP, appeared on the Aug. 25 NBC-TV "Today" program to talk about the dangers of self-medicating with over-the-counter medications. The appearance was the result of the College's internal medicine campaign promoting internists as "Doctors for Adults." Dr. Fryhofer has appeared on numerous television news programs around the country and was featured in video news releases promoting internal medicine distributed this summer by ACP. The "Today" appearance was aimed at baby boomers, the target of the campaign.

ACP releases Lyme disease tool kit

ACP has released the "Clinical Practice Tool Kit on Lyme Disease," an educational resource for physicians and patients that contains a 48-page book and an informational brochure.

The kit's guidebook, "Guide to Clinical Practice," was created by an expert advisory panel and provides an overview of the disease and maps showing its geographical prevalence. The patient information brochure, Lyme Disease from Consensus to Care: A Patient's Guide, explains how to diagnose, treat and prevent the disease. The kit, which is available free of charge, also contains an annotated bibliography and an electronic version of the patent giude and a program that helps predict whether a patient has Lyme disease.

The ACP Initiative on Lyme disease is supported by a cooperative agreement with the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. Information: Project Director Karin Wilson at 800-523-1546, ext. 2845 or via e-mail at

Register for Annual Session housing online

If you'll be attending Annual Session in San Diego (April 2-5), you can register for housing via ACP's Web site. Through March 3, members can go to and reserve a hotel room for Annual Session using a credit card.

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