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Merger update

New task force to guide ACP-ASIM merger at local level

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

As part of preparations for the ACP-ASIM merger, a new task force will help facilitate the merger of local College chapters and American Society of Internal Medicine (ASIM) component societies.

Leaders of the two largest internal medicine professional associations agreed this fall to the principles of a merger. The Task Force will develop guidelines to help local organizations merge and arbitrate differences when necessary.

The following ACP Governors were named to the ACP-ASIM Local Merger Task Force last month: Mahendr Kochar, FACP (Wisconsin), who will serve as co-chair; Dewayne Andrews, FACP (Oklahoma); Munsey Wheby, FACP (Virginia); Donna Sweet, FACP (Kansas); Lynn Kirk, FACP (Texas); Jamie Barkin, FACP (Florida); and Gregory Elliott, FACP (Utah). Also named to the task force were: ACP Regent and Treasurer James Borland Jr., FACP; Council of Associates Chair Richard Scranton, ACP Associate; and Board of Governors Chair William J. Hall, FACP, who will be an ex-officio member.

Representing ASIM on the task force are Past President William Golden, FACP, who will serve as co-chair; Trustee Jim Stackhouse, MD; Trustee Carlos Hamilton, FACP; Jonathan Applebaum, MD (Massachusetts); Paul Gitman, FACP (New York); Frederick Turton, ACP Member (Florida); Warren Lovinger, FACP (Missouri); Richard Frankenstein, FACP (California); Laura Carravallah, ACP Member (Michigan); and Gregory Hood, ACP Associate, representing the Resident Physician Sections.

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