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From the September 1998 ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright 1998 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

Beverly C. Payne Jr., MACP

Beverly C. Payne Jr., MACP, a pioneer in developing quantitative methods to measure physicians' performance, died March 1. He was 77 years old and lived in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Dr. Payne was on the clinical faculty of the University of Michigan Medical School and was a member of the research faculty of the Institute for Social Research from 1984 until his retirement in 1992. Throughout most of his career, Dr. Payne also worked part time as a general internist in a private practice.

Dr. Payne's investigations into how data-based feedback could improve the quality of care provided models now commonly used to assess health care delivery. His research studies and publications included "Hospital and Medical Economics," a comparison of hospitals in which he developed data collection procedures and explicit care criteria.

Dr. Payne served as the College's Governor for the Michigan chapter from 1974-78, Chair of the Board of Governors from 1977-78 and Regent from 1979-84. He also served on the editorial board of the Annals of Internal Medicine from 1976-79. Dr. Payne was awarded the College's Hinda and Richard Rosenthal Award in 1986 for his contributions to health services research, and in 1987, he received a Mastership Award.

He also served as a consultant to several government agencies and professional organizations, including the medical care division of the U.S. Public Health Service, the Social Security Administration and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

Oscar Edwards, FACP

Oscar (Oz) Edmunds Edwards, FACP, an ACP-ASIM Regent and former Chair of the College's Board of Governors, died on July 27 of apparent cardiac arrest. He was 57 years old.

Dr. Edwards, a general internist, had been extremely active in College activities throughout the decade, most notably on working to improve generalist and subspecialist relations, on strengthening the role of the chapter Governors in College decision-making and most recently on merging the Virginia Chapter of ACP and the Virginia Society of Internal Medicine.

He served as ACP Governor of the Virginia Chapter from 1991 to 1995, as Chair of the Board of Governors from 1995 to 1996, and since 1994, he sat on the Board of Regents of the College. He was the current Chair of the College's Membership Committee.

John Tooker, FACP, the College's Deputy Executive Vice President, said that Dr. Edwards was devoted to increasing the participation and representation of medical students and residents in the College. "The whole idea of being a mentor was very important to him," Dr. Tooker explained.

Dr. Edwards earned both his bachelor's and medical degrees at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He did his internship at the University of Virginia Hospital and completed his residency and served at chief resident at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Va. He earned his ACP Fellowship in 1973.

A longstanding partner of Sentara Medical Group's Consultants in Internal Medicine Ltd. in Norfolk, Dr. Edwards was also a professor of clinical internal medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School and had been very active in the school's efforts to recruit practicing physicians in the community for teaching students. He also was past president of the medical staffs of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and DePaul Medical Center.

During his career, Dr. Edwards developed a reputation as being devoted to his patients, many of whom were local physicians. His passion, said Munsey S. Wheby, FACP, current Governor of the ACP-ASIM Virginia chapter, centered around the practice of medicine, namely, "the central role of the general internist in patient care, how internists—generalists and specialists—relate to each other, and the forces outside of internal medicine that were trying to dictate how internal medicine should be practiced. That bothered him a lot."

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