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

Regents approve three resolutions and guideline on acute sinusitis

At its October meeting, the Board of Regents approved a new clinical guideline and several resolutions.

The Regents approved a clinical practice guideline on the diagnosis and treatment of acute sinusitis that stresses the restricted use of antibiotics. The guideline is currently being submitted for publication.

The Board also approved three resolutions from the Board of Governors that call on ACP­ASIM to do the following:

  • Collect information from various state governments on the effectiveness of local efforts to address tort reform and periodically release a report making this information available to chapters and regions. This resolution was adopted and forwarded to the Health and Public Policy Committee for implementation.
  • Develop a shortened application and accreditation process for CME programs offered by College chapters. This resolution was adopted and forwarded to the Education Committee for implementation.
  • Work to make sure that the use of the Internet to prescribe drugs facilitates, not circumvents, the doctor-patient relationship. The resolution also called on the College to work to ensure that Internet prescribing occurs only when there is an established relationship between the physician and patient. This was adopted as policy and forwarded to the Health and Public Policy Committee for further review.

New Regent Chair-elect for 2000-01

At its October meeting, the Board of Regents elected Bernard M. Rosof, FACP, 2000-01 Chair-elect of the Board of Regents. Dr. Rosof is currently senior vice president of medical affairs and an attending physician at Huntington Hospital in Huntington, N.Y. Dr. Rosof, a College Regent, served as President of ASIM in 1997, sat on the ASIM board of trustees from 1990-96 and was president of ASIM's Internal Medicine Center to Advance Research and Education from 1992-95. In 1990, he served as president of the New York State Society of Internal Medicine. He served on the College's Board of Regents' Executive Committee from 1998-99 and serves on the AMA's American Medical Accreditation Program (AMAP) governing body, the AMA's specialty society practice parameters partnership and the NCQA practicing physicians advisory council.

Rowen K. Zetterman, FACP, 1999-2000 Chair-elect of the Board of Regents, will assume the Chair at the conclusion of the Annual Business Meeting on Saturday, April 15, at Annual Session in Philadelphia.

Board of Governors resolutions due Jan. 11

New resolutions for the April Board of Governors meeting are due Jan. 11.

ACP­ASIM members may initiate a resolution addressing any issue or topic by submitting it to their Governor and/or chapter council. A resolution becomes a resolution of the chapter once the chapter council approves it.

Members interested in researching the College's position on an issue prior to submitting a resolution may access this information in the "Where We Stand" section of ACP­ASIM Online at www.acponline.org. In accordance with ACP­ASIM's resolution process, resolutions should clearly distinguish the action requested within its resolved clause(s) as either a policy resolve or a directive that is requesting action or study on an issue.

New resolutions and recommendations for follow-up are acted upon by the Board of Governors and presented to the Board of Regents. Once the Board of Regents accepts recommendations, resolutions are either adopted as policy or forwarded to College staff and/or committees for study and/or implementation.

All of Annals soon available online

Beginning Jan. 1, the full text of each issue of Annals of Internal Medicine will appear on ACP­ASIM Online (www.acponline.org).

The Jan. 4 issue of the journal, which will commemorate the new millennium by examining the links between time and medicine, will mark the first time the entire contents of Annals goes online. Currently, only selected articles from the journal are posted on the College's Web site. Archives of articles dating back to 1994 are also currently available.

Later next year, a new site devoted exclusively to the journal will be launched at www.annals.org. The new site will feature not only the full text of each issue, but new navigation tools that will make it easier to search for and find journal articles and themes. Readers will be able to view pages in exactly the same format as they appear in the journal, and will have access to direct links to external Web sites like the National Library of Medicine's PubMed and searchable indexes.

Look for more information on the site in future issues of ACP­ASIM Observer.

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