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

Dr. Eddy to deliver Eisele Lecture

David M. Eddy, MD, PhD, will deliver this year's annual C. Wesley Eisele Lecture at Annual Session in San Diego. An internationally known authority on practice guidelines, technology assessment, mathematical modeling and priority-setting, Dr. Eddy will present "The Struggle for Quality: What's New?"

Dr. Eddy is senior advisor for health policy and management at Kaiser Permanente in Southern California. He has published five books, authored more than 150 articles and edited the ACP publication, "Common Screening Tests," a compilation of ACP screening guidelines.

Dr. Eddy will present the Eisele lecture Friday, April 3, from 1:30-2:15 p.m.

International activities gear up for Annual Session

This year's Annual Session will feature a number of international activities.

Rodrigo Guerrero, MD, former mayor of Cali, Columbia, will discuss how city planning, violence prevention and politics can be used to develop comprehensive and affordable urban health care services. The lecture is scheduled for Thursday, April 2, from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. John M. Eisenberg, MACP, director of the Agency for Healthcare Policy and Research, and Dennis S. O'Leary, FACP, president of the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, will deliver comments at the conclusion of the lecture.

The International Medicine, Public Health and Politics Interest Group will meet on Thursday, April 2, from 1:30-3:00 p.m. The group will review a broad range of activities that will be considered by the newly formed International Activities Subcommittee.

The International Networking Reception will give physicians a chance to interact with colleagues interested in international affairs. The wine-and-cheese reception will be held on Friday, April 3, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

The Breakfast Forum for International Medical Graduates will feature a panel of IMG physicians answering questions raised by audience members. It will take place Saturday, April 4, from 7:00-9:00a.m.

ACP adopts product endorsement policy

At its January meeting, ACP's Board of Regents approved a product endorsement policy. The new policy requires the Regents to approve all corporate endorsements. The policy says that product endorsements are not a core mission of professional societies and states that corporate endorsements should be avoided.

Florida Chapter hosts wellness seminar

ACP's Florida Chapter recently held a free seminar on cardiovascular wellness for adults.

During the March 7 seminar, which was held in Jacksonville, internists talked about heart attack and stroke prevention, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, exercise and health and nutrition. The chapter offered a similar program last September in Sarasota.

"There is only so much prevention one doctor can impress upon patients in a typical, busy day," said Jamie S. Barkin, FACP, the College's Governor for Florida. "By taking our message public with this symposium, we hope to reach many adults with news about preventing health problems."

The symposium was cosponsored by St. Vincent's Medical Center in Jacksonville.

Record number of women elected ACP Fellows

In January, ACP membership reached a milestone: more than 20% of new Fellows were women.

Of the 705 Fellows elected in January, 142 were women—the highest percentage of women to be accepted for Fellowship at one time. Previously, the largest single group of women to be elected to Fellowship occurred in January 1997, when 18.7% were women.

Women account for about 21% of the total ACP membership.

College leaders meet with Association of Black Cardiologists

Leaders from ACP and the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) met in mid-January at College headquarters to discuss diversity issues and possibilities for future collaboration between the two organizations. They also discussed mutual concerns about minority health care, cultural competency and the effect of managed care on underserved populations. ACP and ABC officials attending the meeting included Harold J. Fallon, MACP, Chair, ACP Board of Regents; Walter J. McDonald, FACP, ACP Executive Vice President; William A. Reynolds, FACP, ACP President; John Tooker, FACP, ACP Deputy Executive Vice President; Edward S. Cooper, MACP; Frederick C. Foard, Director, ABC Business Development; Frank James, MD; and B. Waine Kong, PhD, JD, ABC Chief Executive Officer.

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