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

Resolutions due June 30

The deadline for submitting resolutions to be heard at the September 1999 Board of Governors meeting is June 30.

ACP-ASIM members may initiate a resolution on any issue by submitting it to their Governor and chapter council. Once approved by the Governor and chapter council, the resolution becomes a resolution of the chapter.

Resolutions approved by the Board of Governors and recommendations to the Board of Regents for follow up are presented to the Board of Regents. Once recommendations have been accepted by the Board of Regents, they are forwarded to College committees for review.

College honors 10 with Laureate Awards

ACP-ASIM chapters recently presented 10 internists with Laureate Awards.

The awards honor ACP-ASIM Fellows and Masters who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in medical care, education and research, and have provided service to their community and the College. The awards are given by the chapter.

Awardees generally have been Fellows for 15 to 20 years and have a long history of excellence and peer approval in internal medicine. Additionally, they should have served the College with distinction or in some clearly definable manner. Exceptional circumstances may modify these requirements. For more information on the awards, talk to your Governor.

Here is a list of the most recent Laureate Award winners:

Air Force
Richard Neal Boswell, FACP

Walter G. Briney, FACP

Mark Silverman, FACP

Patrick J. Fahey, FACP
Michael Graham, FACP

David O. Buttross Jr., FACP
Jay Morton Shames, FACP

Jack Quin Causey, FACP

New Jersey
Richard L. Klein, FACP

Oscar Edwards, FACP (awarded posthumously)

ACP-ASIM Foundation forms task force

The ACP-ASIM Foundation has created a task force to help guide its actions until a formal board of trustees is created.

The task force will review and recommend candidates for the Foundation's board of trustees to the Board of Regents. In addition, the task force will review potential programs to be funded during the interim period before the Foundation's board of trustees is appointed.

The task force is chaired by Board of Regents Chair Robert B. Copeland, MACP. The task force also includes the following members:

  • James L. Borland Jr., FACP, who is Secretary/Treasurer of the task force and current Treasurer of the Board of Regents;
  • William A. Reynolds, MACP, the College's Immediate Past President;
  • Munsey S. Wheby, FACP, current Chair-elect of the College's Board of Governors; and
  • William D. French, director of medical association alliances for Bristol-Myers Squibb, and current trustee on foundation boards for osteopathic medicine, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

The mission of the ACP-ASIM Foundation is to enhance and promote the health of the public by financially supporting programs in education and research.

ACP-ASIM part of consortium to make AMAP independent

ACP-ASIM is part of a consortium calling on the AMA to make its physician accreditation program "independent and not controlled by any constituency or stakeholder."

The QuadriSpecialty Leadership Consortium comprises four primary care specialty societies—the College and medical societies for family practice, pediatrics and ob-gyn—and their certification boards. The consortium wants the AMA's American Medical Accreditation Program (AMAP) to be governed as an independent organization, one that would receive broad input from the medical profession, the business community and the public.

AMAP, which was released two years ago, remains under AMA control. Critics say that the AMA faces a conflict of interest because it accepts membership dues from many of the physicians it accredits through AMAP.

Consortium members say that such inclusiveness and independence are necessary to ensure public trust and the full support of all physicians for any accreditation program. The consortium and the AMA have been holding exploratory discussions, and no formal agreements have yet been reached.

Nominations due July 1 for new volunteerism award

Nominations for the College's new Oscar E. Edwards Memorial Award are due by July 1, 1999.

The award honors Dr. Edwards, who died last year at age 57. He had been extremely active in College activities up until the time of his death.

The award will recognize College members engaged in volunteerism and community service. To be eligible for the award, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • They must be a Member, Fellow or Master of the College.
  • They must have provided volunteer service after completing their training.
  • The work must have been performed on a voluntary basis. It cannot have been a requirement to complete training or part of a professional position.
  • They must be a practicing physician and perform medically-related work.

Local chapters are encouraged to nominate winners of their volunteerism or community service awards for the new award.

For more information, call Jean Elliott, Administrator of the Awards Committee, at 800-523-1546, ext. 2692, or send a fax to 215-351-2759.

Fellowship requirement revised

The College is revising its requirements for advancement to Fellowship to put a greater emphasis on the voluntary provision of medical care as one aspect of community service.

While community service is already one of the basic requirements for advancement to Fellowship, the College's Membership Committee will now place a greater emphasis on the voluntary provision of medical care when credentialing members for Fellowship. In the past, the community service requirement has included a wide range of activities, from speaking on health related topics before community groups to coaching Little League sports teams.

The guidelines for Advancement to Fellowship are being revised and will be available shortly. Look for more information on ACP-ASIM Online (

College will hold course on women's health

The College will hold a new course on women's health later this spring in Philadelphia.

The course, "Caring for Women: A Focus on Clinical Skills," will cover a broad range of women's health topics. Workshops will focus on physical examination skills using patient and plastic models, counseling and interviewing skills using standardized patients, and assessment of risk factors affecting women.

The course, which will be held June 6-8, costs $455 for members, $320 for Associates and $650 for all nonmembers. To register for the meeting, call ACP-ASIM Customer Service at 800-523-1546, ext. 2600, or 215-351-2600 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., EST).

New project fosters faculty development

The College, in conjunction with the Association of Professors in Medicine and other academic medical groups, is looking for physicians interested in improving education in internal medicine ambulatory settings. Applications are due June 1.

The General Internal Medicine Faculty Development Project seeks to improve education by fostering collaboration among teaching clinicians and faculty of institutional training programs. The project is being funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Participants may include deans, department chairs, program and clerkship directors, community-based faculty or other generalist physician faculty. Physicians will be invited to the project's first training meeting, which will be held in Tampa, Fla., Dec. 3-5, 1999. Applications may be downloaded from the project's Web site at For more information, call Lauren K. Tran, project administrator, at 202-861-7700 or

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