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Education, ASIM merger among chapter resolutions

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

PALM SPRINGS, Calif.—ACP's Board of Governors (BOG) at its semi-annual meeting this fall voted in favor of a dozen resolutions that aim both to improve the care internists deliver to patients and to get more internists involved in College activities. Other resolutions reaffirmed the College's commitment to universal access to health care and recommended that the final proposal for a merger between the College and the American Society of Internal Medicine be ratified by the Governors.

The approved resolutions were discussed at the College's Board of Regents meeting late last month and sent to College committees for further exploration.

One resolution asked the College to educate internists about "the various modalities of complementary and alternative medicine" with the goal of helping doctors better advise patients who are considering such care. Another asked the College to educate members in the "appropriate use of telemedicine" including the "legal and privacy considerations accompanying the use of such technology."

Saying that the College should look into ways the national office can better help the various chapter advocate for health policy, the BOG recommended that the College leadership "develop a plan to evaluate and improve the College's grassroots advocacy activities." Regarding health policy, another resolution recommends the College "support initiatives that require insurance plans to offer point-of-service options" that would allow patients to receive out-of-network health care services.

The BOG also approved the following resolutions:

  • Graduate medicine education (GME) and employment opportunities should be based on merit; therefore, College committees should reexamine ACP's physician workforce and GME positions.
  • The College should invite other internal medicine organizations from around the world "to explore the feasibility of drafting and implementing global principles for internal medicine, consistent with regional needs and resources."
  • College officials should work with other interested organizations to sponsor a survey of the status of women both within academic departments of medicine and in the private sector.
  • The College should waive the Annual Session registration fees for Governors, should investigate alternate levels of membership that would cost some members less money, but offer fewer benefits, and should give each Governor the breakdown of votes cast for the election of his or her successor.

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