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

Nominations for Foundation board due Dec. 1

Nominations for four new seats on the ACP-ASIM Foundation Board of Trustees are due by Dec. 1, 2000.

Three of the positions will be filled from the College membership; one will be filled from an external organization. Nominees should have previous board experience and a commitment to the Foundation's mission of improving public health by supporting programs in education, research, service and professionalism. Nominees should also demonstrate qualifications in one or more of the following areas: corporate management; financial management; strategic planning; grant-making; program development; marketing and communications; and applied clinical research in changing health behaviors, health systems and community collaboration.

Nominations must be submitted on a Foundation nominations form. (To get copies, call 877-208-4189.) Nominations must also include a letter of recommendation highlighting the candidate's areas of expertise, ability to serve in a leadership position and commitment to the Foundation's mission and goals.

Send confidential nominations to Jean A. Krause, Executive Vice President, ACP-ASIM Foundation, 190 N. Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106. For more information, contact Ms. Krause at 877-208-4189 or jkrause@acponline.org.

College: Give patients mental health screening

The College is encouraging internists to participate in National Mental Health Screening Day on Oct. 5 by giving patients a mental health screening questionnaire. The 10-question instrument screens patients for significant disorders like depression and can be scored by a secretary or medical assistant. If the questionnaire indicates a problem, physicians can explore symptoms and take the appropriate steps.

Free program materials include questionnaires and advice on how to recognize and manage mental health problems in the primary care setting.

For more information or to request program materials call the National Depression Screening Day Program at 781-239-0071.

ACP-ASIM, NMA to help practicing physicians pass the boards

ACP-ASIM and the National Medical Association will offer a course to help practicing physicians prepare for the ABIM certification examination. Held one evening per week from Jan. 17 through June 27, 2001, in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, the course will emphasize topics that are likely to be covered on the board exam.

For more information, contact Barbara Licht at 800-523-1546, ext. 2565.

College members in the news

Joseph E. Johnson III, FACP, the College's Senior Vice President for Membership, took office as president of the International Society of Internal Medicine (ISIM) in June. Dr. Johnson will serve a two-year term for ISIM, whose mission is to promote scientific knowledge and unity in internal medicine, to further the education of young internists and to encourage friendship among physicians in all countries.

Nancy H. Nielsen, FACP, was elected vice speaker of the AMA's House of Delegates during the AMA's meeting in June. Dr. Nielsen is a private practice internist in Buffalo, N.Y., and assistant dean for academic and curricular affairs and a clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Science. She also serves as chief medical officer for the New York State Department of Health's western region.

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