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From the January 1998 ACP Observer, copyright 1998 by the American College of Physicians.

Kenneth Shine to deliver Annual Session keynote

Kenneth I. Shine, FACP, president of the Institute of Medicine, will present "Partners for the 21st Century—Patients and Policy" during his keynote speech at Annual Session's Opening Ceremony.

"Meaningful partnerships will involve patients in the definition, oversight and expectations of quality, ethics and cost," explained Dr. Shine, a cardiologist and physiologist who is clinical professor of medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center. "Health care partnerships are essential in preparing for the future."

Annual Session Opening Ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 2, at the San Diego Convention Center. For more information, see your program or call ACP Customer Service at 800-523-1546.

Northern Illinois chapter offers violence prevention training

ACP's Northern Illinois Chapter has been working with the Chicago chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility to develop two workshops to help prevent violence.

The first workshop on firearm violence, held Nov. 15, offered tips on clinical intervention and prevention, as well as advice and instruction on public speaking techniques. A second workshop, scheduled for Jan. 17, will examine ways to screen in the clinical setting for domestic and family violence.

For follow-up information on either of the workshops, contact Leesa Albert of Chicago Physicians for Social Responsibility at 312-663-1777.

ACP to donate old books, journals to countries in need

ACP is donating its old books and journals to physicians in developing countries.

Contributions, which are being coordinated by ACP's international team, include sets of MKSAP 7 and 9, copies of "Bedside Diagnosis," back issues of Annals of Internal Medicine and the 8th edition of Library for Internists. The resources will be sent through Carelift International, a non-profit medical relief organization that accepts surplus medical equipment, supplies, pharmaceuticals and patient care items for needy hospitals in Africa, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, South America and elsewhere.

For information on how to make a donation, call Carelift at 610-617-0995.

New for your bookshelf

"Sacred Space, Stories from a Life in Medicine," is a new collection of experiences from the career of former ACP President Clifton R. Cleaveland, MACP. The term "sacred space" refers to what Dr. Cleveland describes as "a circle of caring" that includes patients, health care providers, family and friends. Price: $21.95; ACP members: $16.00. Information: ACP Customer Service, 800-523-1546.

Changes to Council of Associates

The Board of Regents recently passed recommendations changing the way ACP's Council of Associates represents College members who are residents and fellows.

  • Among the Council's four regions representing U.S. residents, there are now three Council positions for representatives from the Southern region, two from the Western region, two from the Midwestern region and three from the Northeastern region.
  • Associates in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America will now be eligible to run for the one Council position previously only open to Associates in Puerto Rico.
  • The Board of Regents created a chair-elect position for the Council, which has been filled by Arif A. Nawaz, ACP Associate.

For more information about the Council, contact Jean Elliott at 800-523-1546, ext. 2692, or Richard E. Scranton, ACP Associate, at 102763.2336@ compuserve.com.

Public education campaign update

ACP has received numerous phone calls asking if the "Doctors for Adults" advertisements that appear in national consumer magazines may be reproduced. The ads, which depict memorabilia from the 60s and 70s, tell readers to consider choosing an internist when selecting a doctor.

ACP members are encouraged to use the campaign's logo, Internal Medicine: Doctors for Adults, and to use text from the campaign to produce their own ads. However, members are asked not to reproduce the ads in their entirety and to avoid using the name of ACP or ABIM in their own ads. In addition, images that appear in the ads-the old-fashioned telephone, record-player and typewriter-are protected by trademark and should not be used by members. For more information, as well as copies of the campaign logo, contact Sharon Washington at 800-523-1546, ext. 2522.

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