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Task force addresses local issues for imminent ACP-ASIM merger

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

The final countdown to ACP's merger with the American Society of Internal Medicine (ASIM) has started.

The ASIM Board of Trustees will devote its March 13-15 meeting to a final discussion of agreement details, and the College's Boards of Regents and Governors will vote on the terms at their meetings March 30-31 during Annual Session in San Diego. If approved, a new organization, to be called ACP-ASIM for at least three years, will begin July 1.

In the final weeks leading up to the vote, a task force made up of leaders of both organizations met to help guide the merger of local ACP chapters and ASIM component societies, which does not have to occur by July 1. The group spelled out 14 principles that the state and local organizations should follow when merging their operations.

These included defining the roles of the transitional Governor and component society president, who the task force said should be given "prominent roles in the chapter council during the transition." The task force concluded that the permanent Governor elected by ACP's members will remain the chapter's chief elected officer. Another principle advised chapters about setting local dues; according to the agreement, local dues will not be mandatory, but every effort should be made to obtain payment from all members.

The task force also appointed two subcommittees to look into the controversial issues of what corporate structure the chapters should follow and how the College should form the eight to 10 new permanent chapters already agreed to.

For more information about these principles, contact your local Governor.

Meanwhile, decisions about which programs, products and services of the College and ASIM will remain in the new, merged organization are expected in the next couple of months. The estimated 1997-98 cost of the merger is $1 million.

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