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Coming soon: online directory of ACP-ASIM members

Beginning next month, you will be able to search for other ACP-ASIM members on the College's Web site, ACP-ASIM Online (www.acponline.org).

The new feature, Member Connection, will allow ACP-ASIM members to tap into the College's membership database and search for members by last name, state, city, zip or postal code, country, region, member class or specialty. The information will be updated daily and accessible to members only.

Members who wish to be excluded from Member Connection must notify the College in writing. Members can obtain a Directory Exclusion Form on ACP-ASIM Online, or they can call Customer Service at 800-523-1546, ext. 2600, or 215-351-2600 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., EST).

New book helps consumers understand their bodies

A new book co-produced by the College and publisher Dorland-Kindersley aims to help patients take a more active role in caring for themselves.

The "American College of Physicians Complete Home Medical Guide" uses easy-to-read language and more than 2,000 full-color images to explain how the body functions, why diseases occur and how modern diagnostic tests and treatments work. The book is being published by Dorling Kindersley Publishing Inc., which is known for high-quality illustrated reference books.

The 1,100-page book, which was edited by more than 70 internationally acclaimed medical experts and specialists affiliated with the College, includes a section that lists reliable Web sites with medical information. The book also includes a free copy of an anatomy CD-ROM, The Ultimate Human Body 2.0.

The book costs $40 for non-members, $34 for members. To order a copy, call Customer Service at 800-523-1546, ext. 2600, or 215-351-2600 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., EST).

CME available on the Web

A new feature on ACP-ASIM Online allows members to earn CME credits over the Web.

Clinical Problem-Solving Cases present interactive patient care scenarios that test physicians' knowledge on a wide range of conditions. Users click on a case scenario, review the hypothetical patient's condition, form a differential diagnosis, make treatment decisions, order tests and follow patients through to resolution of their problems. Doctors who answer all of the questions in a case can earn one CME credit per case.

Two new cases will be added to the Web site each month. The cases are written and reviewed by an expert panel of physician-educators.

For more information, go to http://cpsc.acponline.org.

Educational campaign targets fatigue

The College's public education campaign is reminding baby boomers that if they are experiencing fatigue, they might want to see an internist.

The latest effort in the College's campaign, Internal Medicine: Doctors for Adults, tells consumers that fatigue could be a sign of serious conditions such as thyroid disease, sleep apnea and mild depression. To spread the word, College President-elect Sandra Adamson-Fryhofer, FACP, as well as College Regents and Governors, have been giving interviews to newspaper, magazine, television and radio reporters. Their basic message: "If you're feeling tired much of the time, your body could be trying to tell you something. You could have an underlying illness that can be treated if caught early--or ruin your retirement if left undiagnosed."

College Regent C. Anderson Hedberg, FACP, who is Chairman of the Doctors for Adults Steering Cmmittee, said that the campaign targeted fatigue because the general public is largely unaware of its medical consequences.

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