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

Community-based teaching program unveils new features

Members can now learn more about the College's community-based teaching (CBT) program through ACP-ASIM Online (

The CBT section of the College's Web site includes a statement of community teaching goals, contacts, a bulletin board to exchange information with others, a section listing news and events, and a database of more than 300 publications, videotapes, curricula, journal articles and recruitment information for preceptors. The site also contains links to related Web pages.

In other CBT news, the College has modified its criteria for its CBT Physician Recognition Award. The award is now given only to board certified internists who have been active in CBT for two years in any three-year period. The two years must be sponsored by the same organization, i.e. a medical school, residency program, fellowship program or other sponsoring agency. Previously, no time requirement was attached to the criteria. Physicians are eligible to receive this award only once.

Since 1995, certificates of recognition have been available to practitioners who served as office-based preceptors to medical students and/or residents for at least one year. For more information on the College's CBT program and eligibility criteria for a CBT Physician Recognition Award, call Francine Martin, Department Coordinator, at 800-523-1546, ext. 2615.

Evergreen recognition program seeking nominations

Nominations for ACP-ASIM's Evergreen Awards are due Nov. 30. Evergreen Awards honor College chapters that develop programs to strengthen chapters and increase member communication and involvement. This year, the College has added two new categories to the Evergreen Awards: volunteerism/community service and advocacy. Existing categories honor chapters for their efforts in education/information, membership enhancement, working with Associates, working with medical students and an "other" category.

If you have been involved in a chapter initiative, contact your chapter's Governor. For more information on the awards, call Amy Allen at 800-523-1546, ext. 2715.

Register early for 80th Annual Session

Because the College's 80th Annual Session will coincide with Jazz Fest, an annual event that attracts musicians and music-lovers from around the world, hotel rooms are expected to be in high demand for next year's Annual Session in New Orleans, April 22-25. ACP-ASIM has reserved blocks of rooms at selected hotels throughout the city and is encouraging members to book hotel reservations in advance to secure lodging at the special ACP-ASIM group rate.

Jazz Fest presents music ranging from Dixieland to Gospel to Zydeco and featuress well-known artists. In addition to Jazz Fest activities, there will be a full program for family members. Day trips will include visits to the aquarium, the zoo and the Louisiana Children's Museum, as well as a swamp tour and a scavenger hunt through the French Quarter and a ferry ride to the Mardi Gras Museum. For younger children, child care will be provided by ACCENT on Childrens Arrangements, a licensed child care provider.

Housing reservations open Oct. 25, 1998. Please use the ACP-ASIM housing form to make your hotel reservations, which cannot be made through ACP-ASIM customer service. You can also make your hotel reservation by calling the Housing Bureau at 800-424-5250 or 847-940-2153 (outside the U.S. and Canada) or you may fax the housing form to 800-521-6017 or 800-940-2386 (outside the U.S. and Canada.)

Members can also register for the Annual Session and Pre-Session courses by returning registration forms, which you will be receiving shortly, or by calling customer service at 800-523-1546, ext. 2600.

Council of Associates to research resident stress

The Council of Associates is preparing to conduct a survey about resident stress and how it might affect the suicide rate of housestaff. Available data indicates that the number of attempted or successful suicides among residents may be underreported. By surveying chief residents and interested Associates, the Council is hoping to obtain more accurate data on this topic.

Once the survey results are in, the Council will use the data for a workshop on resident stress at the 1999 Annual Session. It may also develop a position paper on stress and suicide and make recommendations to the College's Board of Regents. Although additional information will be needed in order to do so, the survey may compare responses from program directors, chief residents and Associates within the same institution.

Associates interested in participating in the survey should contact Jean Elliott, Council of Associates Administrator, at 800-523-1546, ext. 2692.

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