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From the March 1999 ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright © 1999 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

New officers elected

The following individuals were elected to ACP-ASIM offices. New officers will assume their duties at the conclusion of the Annual Business Meeting at Annual Session on Saturday, April 24.

1999-00 President-elect
Sandra Adamson Fryhofer, FACP, Atlanta

1999-02 Treasurer
James J. Bergin, FACP, Kansas City, Kan.

Incumbent Regents

The following Regents were elected for a second term of three years, which will expire in 2002:

  • William J. Hall, FACP, Rochester, N.Y.
  • Edward H. Shortliffe, FACP, Stanford, Calif.
  • Paul F. Speckart, FACP, San Diego
  • Sara E. Walker, MACP, Columbia, Mo.

New Regents

The following individuals were elected for a first term of three years, which will expire in 2002. They will assume office at the conclusion of the Annual Business Meeting in New Orleans.

  • Steven C. Beuttel, FACP, Portsmouth, Va.
  • C. Anderson Hedberg, FACP, Chicago
  • Bernard M. Rosof, FACP, Huntington, N.Y.
  • Barbara L. Schuster, MACP, Dayton, Ohio.

Council of Associates addresses residents' stress

ACP-ASIM's Council of Associates plans to put information on its Web site to help residents recognize and cope with stress. The combined stresses of being in a training program plus coping with everyday life can often result in depression, burnout, impairment and even suicide. The council hopes its Web site will help residents learn to recognize the signs of stress in their colleagues and themselves and then find help.

In addition, Faith T. Fitzgerald, MACP, and Jan Fawcett, MD, will moderate a Council-sponsored workshop on residency and stress on April 23 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. during the 1999 Annual Session in New Orleans.

College, NMA collaborate on board-certification effort

ACP-ASIM is collaborating with the National Medical Association (NMA) to help practicing internists become board certified through the American Board of Internal Medicine. The NMA is the leading organization representing African-American physicians.

The two organizations are working together to develop a board-review course for internists who are already in practice. The course, which will meet weekly for six months, will highlight strategies for taking the examination and help internists review content.

The course will be tested in Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Faculty will be selected by course directors Theodore Burden, MD, of Philadelphia, and Charles K. Francis, FACP, of Los Angeles.

Learning Center to offer computing help

The Learning Center at this year's Annual Session will include a variety of hands-on activities to help physicians use computers in daily practice.

The Computers in Medicine section of the Learning Center is designed to help physicians understand software used in the office setting. The section will offer hands-on experience in the following areas:

  • The basics of how to use a PC and explore the Internet.
  • Electronic medical records systems that provide one-stop shopping for patient data and access to a variety of medical knowledge sources.
  • Electronic textbooks and Internet-based resources to help physicians answer clinical questions.
  • The latest in medical software for portable computing devices.

New award recognizes community-based teaching

The College's new Community-Based Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes members who have given their time and expertise to mentor young doctors. To be eligible, a physician must have been involved in a community-based teaching program for seven out of 10 years, spent at least three of those years at the same sponsoring institution and spent an average of 50 hours of direct trainee contact during those years. Applicants must also be board certified and meet other criteria of teaching excellence.

For more information about the award, go to ACP-ASIM Online or call Stephanie Woodward at 800-523-1546, ext. 2588.

Book offers new perspectives on clinical decision-making

A new book by Richard Gross, FACP, "Making Medical Decisions: An approach to clinical decision making for practicing physicians," translates major principles of medical decision making into clinically relevant and easy-to-understand terms. The book, published by the College, includes examples drawn from actual practice and chapters such as "Decision Analysis for Practicing Physicians: The Problem with Proof," "Disease Likelihood and Tests" and "Examples of Clinical Decision Making."

Dr. Gross is professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He spent 16 years in private practice as a general internist before returning to full-time academic practice.

The softcover book costs $14 for members, $18 for nonmembers. Information: Customer Service, 800-523-1546, ext. 2600, or 215-351-2600 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., EST).

Reduced dues options available for retirees

College members who retire prior to their 60th birthday can join ACP-ASIM at the lowest dues rate while retaining all membership benefits, including subscriptions to Annals of Internal Medicine, ACP Journal Club and ACP-ASIM Observer.

Members who retire after age 60 can receive the same package or choose to have their dues waived. In the latter case, members still retain benefits and discounts but have to pay a reduced rate to receive publications. For more information, call Customer Service at 800-523-1546, ext. 2600, or 215-351-2600 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., EST) or send an e-mail to custserv@acponline.org.

Requests for a dues waiver or adjustment must be made in writing and may be sent to the attention of Shirley Banks, ACP-ASIM Customer Service, 190 N. Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106-1572.

New awards recognize volunteerism and community service

The College has instituted two new awards to recognize involvement in volunteerism and community service.

The goal of the Oscar E. Edwards Memorial Award for Volunteerism and Community Service is to promote volunteerism and encourage participation in community service activities. The award will be given to a College Member, Fellow or Master who has initiated or been involved in a volunteer program or provided services on a voluntary basis while a fully licensed, practicing physician. To qualify for the award, the service cannot have been required for the completion of training or employment. Winners of local chapter volunteerism awards will be automatic candidates. (The Council of Associates has a volunteerism award for Associates.)

The Joseph F. Boyle Award, formerly an ASIM award, was approved by the Board of Regents to recognize public service by both physicians and nonphysicians. The award will be given to a current or previous government official or a physician who has provided outstanding public service with the goal of improving the delivery of health care. Nominations may be submitted by any member of the College.

For more information and nomination forms on both awards, see the Awards Book mailed to members earlier this year. Recipients of the awards will be presented in April 2000 at Annual Session in Philadelphia.

College: Internet 'article' on aspartame misleading

College officials are warning members that an Internet "article" describing the harmful effects of the artificial sweetener aspartame incorrectly cites ACP-ASIM as a reference. The article, which is currently circulating on the Internet, repeatedly cites information allegedly obtained from "the Conference of the American College of Physicians." This information was distributed without ACP-ASIM's knowledge or consent, and any references to the College are misleading.

The College has no record of holding any educational meetings at Annual Session meetings on aspartame, nor does the College have an official position statement on aspartame poisoning/disease.

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