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From the June 2000 ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright 2000 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

MKSAP for students

The newest version of MKSAP helps medical students make the most of their medicine clerkship rotation.

MKSAP for Students contains approximately 400 patient-centered self-assessment questions that begin with a clinical vignette. Each question offers an answer critique that supplies the correct answer, explains why other answers are not correct and contains a short bibliography.

MKSAP for Students costs $32.50. For more information, visit ACP—ASIM Online or call ACP—ASIM Customer Service at 800-523-1546, ext. 2600, or 215-351-2600 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., EST).

ACP—ASIM to license clinical content to SMS

The College recently signed an agreement to license some of its clinical content to Shared Medical Systems (SMS), a medical services company.

Under the agreement, the College will provide content from ACP Journal Club, clinical guidelines and educational products like Clinical Problem Solving Cases. SMS will put the information in its SMS' Physician Dashboard, an Internet service that gives physicians access to a wide range of clinical and business information.

SMS supplies information systems and professional services to more than 5,000 health enterprises and health providers in North America, Europe and New Zealand. SMS also sells software applications for health providers, as well as outsourcing, consulting, and implementation services.

Awards, Mastership nominations due July 1

Nominations and supporting letters for College awards and Masterships are due July 1. Materials received after that date will be held for next year. For more information, call 800-523-1546 and ask for LuzSelenia Salas (ext. 2714) or Jean Elliott (ext. 2692).

Wanted: experts on managed care

The Education and Career Development Department is looking for internists to develop lectures, workshops and panels for next year's Annual Session on practicing medicine in managed care.

The department is particularly interested in programs that address communication skills and diagnosing and treating mental health disorders. The College's Managed Care Subcommittee will review all proposals.

To apply, go to ACP—ASIM Online and electronically submit an application. For more information, contact Charisse Sinkler at .

Young physicians' tools available

The College's Young Physicians Subcommittee has released two publications to help internists begin a practice and more accurately code patient visits.

The Young Physician Practice Management Survival Packet provides a "getting started" checklist, a list of career development resources from the College and other sources, and a list of resources on the Internet.

The Evaluation and Management Coding Card is a laminated, pocket-sized sheet that helps internists select appropriate levels of service for history, exams and medical decision-making.

The Young Physicians Subcommittee was formed in 1999 to help physicians under age 40. For copies of the new publications or for more information about the subcommittee, call staff liaison Jean Elliott at 800-523-1546, ext. 2692.

Pay your chapter dues

When you receive your dues notice, remember to include chapter dues in your payment. Chapter dues provide the primary support for local activities and are vital to the success of your chapter. Activities supported by your chapter dues include educational meetings, mentoring programs for medical students, local Associates' research competitions, advocacy with state legislators and chapter leaders' participation in Leadership Day. Chapter dues also help offset the cost of local support staff and provide funding for new and existing chapter initiatives.

Regents nominations due Aug. 1

Nominations for 2001 Regents are due Aug. 1. Regent nominees must be Fellows or Masters and should demonstrate commitment to the College, dependability, leadership and the ability to represent the College in diverse arenas. For more information on the nominations process contact Patricia Carter at pcarter@acponline.org or 800-523-1546, ext. 2815.

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