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

New resolutions due Jan. 2

Members who want to submit new resolutions to the College must do so by Jan. 2, 1998.

To initiate a resolution, present it to your Governor and chapter council. Resolutions initiated this way become resolutions of the chapter and will be heard during the Board of Governors meeting held before the 1998 Annual Session. Recommendations acted upon by the Board of Governors are presented to the Board of Regents, which refers them to committees or work groups for follow-up action.

Since 1985, the Board of Governors has generated 123 resolutions. Most of these have been acted upon by one or more ACP committees.

Associates Council nominations due

ACP Associates interested in running for a seat on the Council of Associates have until Feb. 1 to submit nominations. Council seats will become vacant in 1998 in the following regions: New England, New York, Eastern, Southern, Great Lakes and Western areas, plus Canada and Puerto Rico. For more information on the Council or its election process, contact Jean Elliott at 800-523-1546, ext. 2692.

Internal medicine campaign targets community groups

The new ACP Community Speech Program, which is part of ACP's internal medicine campaign, can help ACP members talk to community groups about internists' role as primary care physicians. The Community Speech tool kit contains a sample speech, "Doctors for Adults" slides, speaking tips and information on how to obtain and publicize speaking engagements. It also includes a supply of the new patient information brochure, "Where We Fit in Today's Primary Care Picture," for distribution to audiences. A newsletter, "Speaking of Health," will be sent to speakers.

The materials are now available for those interested in speaking to service clubs and other community groups. For more information, contact Sharon Washington in ACP's Marketing and Communications Department at 800-523-1546, ext. 2532.

Archives introduces new member services

ACP is developing several new services to tell the College's story, and it is looking for help from members.

The Archives Department is gathering work-related documents from members, particularly papers from those members who have played an active role in the College or the field of internal medicine. These papers will become part of ACP history and be made available to physicians and other scholars.

The department is also developing services for the College's Web site ( to help members research medical history. In early 1998, the department will put histories of both ACP and internal medicine on ACP Online that contain links to medical sites and a bibliography of important medical readings.

In July of 1998, Archives will host an online chat group that will be home to a book club. The chat group will give members a place to meet online to discuss books and articles relevant to internal medicine.

To contribute papers to the Archives Department or for more information on any of the new services, contact ACP archivist Heather Willever-Farr at 800-523-1546, ext. 2470.

ISIM meeting rescheduled for Peru

The International Society of Internal Medicine (ISIM) has moved its 24th Congress scheduled for Nov. 4-8, 1998, from Jerusalem, Israel, to Lima, Peru. ACP is an ISIM member.

The meeting will include 16 lectures, several workshops, an international health care conference and an update on internal medicine. The meeting will also feature computer courses and meet-the-professor sessions, as well as breakfast and lunch conferences.

For information about the meeting, contact Lisa Landrum at 800-523-1546, ext. 2520; e-mail

ACP offers help with recertification

ACP is offering a range of services to help internists and subspecialists through the recertification process.

Recertification is the subject of a two-day, pre-Session course at Annual Session. "The Core of Internal Medicine: A Recertification Preparation Course," to be held on March 31 and April 1, will be based on ABIM's "blueprints" for the recertification process. Recertification is also one of the major themes at this year's Annual Session, where courses will focus both on the recertification process and the scientific content needed for preparation.

Other ACP products that can help internists through recertification include the new MKSAP 11 (now MKSAP 12), subspecialty MKSAPs, and postgraduate courses and workshops at courses held around the country. For information on these products, call ACP-ASIM Customer Service at 800-523-1546, ext. 2600.

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