College's Evergreen Awards recognize chapter efforts
At Annual Session, the College gave nine chapters Evergreen Awards to recognize programs and efforts to increase member communication and involvement in internal medicine. Here is a list of the winners and their efforts:
ACP—ASIM's New York Chapter created two advocacy programs to promote legislative activity within the chapter. The Key Contact Program encouraged 160 members to become active in responding to issues facing internal medicine. In a second project, chapter leaders worked with the New York State Program Directors in Internal Medicine to develop a position paper on graduate medical education that was distributed to local, state and federal legislators. This project was particularly successful because it combined the strengths of two organizations to tackle a common issue.
ACP—ASIM's Rhode Island Chapter conducted a campaign to keep a managed care organization from instituting a mandatory hospitalist program for its Medicare HMO patients. The chapter used rapid-response e-mail, faxes and a strong relationship with its state medical society to persuade the managed care organization to make the hospitalist program voluntary.
ACP—ASIM's Texas Chapter created a new organization to represent internists' political interests. The organization hired a professional lobbyist and created a statewide health and public policy committee with close ties to the Texas Medical Association. The chapter was also able to raise $300,000 for its statewide preceptorship program, which gives medical students the opportunity to shadow an internist practicing in a community setting.
ACP—ASIM's New York Chapter held a one-day session that educated Associates about the business aspects of medicine. The session presented information about issues such as starting a practice, financial planning strategies, negotiating employment and managed care contracts, and medical liability protection.
ACP—ASIM's US Navy Region established a staff-resident mentoring program to encourage residents to get involved in Associates' activities. The chapter has seen a steady increase in the number of scientific abstracts accepted for its Associates meetings and hopes that future participation will foster scholarly activity and develop future leaders.
ACP—ASIM's Wisconsin Chapter, working with a local university residency program, introduced a monthly course on professionalism for physicians-in-training. The goal of the program is to increase housestaff awareness of the need for professionalism in medical training.
When ACP—ASIM's Delaware Chapter recognized that many of its members from rural parts of the state were not participating in its annual meeting, it held a second scientific meeting in a relatively rural and underpopulated area of the state. The meeting was well-attended and helped produce a budget surplus for the chapter.
ACP—ASIM's Florida Chapter created a Hispanic-American committee to help educate and inform members about the health issues faced by this population. The chapter worked with other medical societies to design and hold a CME course at a local university. The course, which included participation from Hispanic-American physicians and nonmembers, provided education about health care issues that affect a large percentage of the state's population.
ACP—ASIM's New Mexico Chapter developed a program of monthly lectures encouraging medical students to consider a career in internal medicine. Medical students were invited to hear practicing internists speak about their practices and training. The students also had a chance to discuss their concerns about entering internal medicine.
ACP—ASIM's Virginia Chapter formed an active internal medicine student interest group. The program, which promotes student interest in ACP—ASIM and internal medicine, provides mentoring by internal medicine faculty. The group boasts 160 members, many of whom volunteer at soup kitchens, free clinics and HIV-screening programs.
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