College’s Evergreen Awards recognize chapter efforts
The College gave nine College chapters Evergreen Awards at Annual Session recognizing efforts to increase member communication and participation in internal medicine. Here is a list of the winners and a brief description of their efforts:
|Representatives from nine College chapters that received Evergreen Awards at Annual Session.|
The Florida Chapter implemented a legislative advocacy program that was instrumental in passing legislation last year that restricts the mandatory use of hospitalists. The program relies on the joint efforts of members, chapter staff, a lobbyist and several “key contact” physicians who meet with legislators throughout the year.
The Indiana Associates Meeting increased its attendance by 50% over the last three years. The meeting is unique because it is completely planned and implemented by Associates, and it is almost financially self-sufficient. The meeting also has the support of the state’s residency programs, which clear their schedules of conflicting engagements to encourage attendance.
The Florida Chapter presented an office management seminar for members and their office staff at its 2000 regional meeting. The seminar focused on new state regulations governing office procedures, coding strategies to maximize reimbursement, and strategies to avoid malpractice claims and maximize patient outcomes. By using speakers and space that had been committed to the chapter’s regional meeting, the seminar was offered free of charge to attendees and cost the chapter very little.
Members of the New York Chapter and a group of internists and librarians from New York's academic health centers developed an evidence-based medicine teaching program. The goal is to teach academic physicians the basic skills of evidence-based medicine and to build a critical mass of physicians and librarians who can implement evidence-based practice in their programs. Participants also identify how they plan to implement evidence-based medicine into their programs.
The Connecticut Chapter developed several programs to reach out to medical students. Recent activities included a medical school activities fair, oral and poster presentations during the chapter’s annual meeting, and a graduation award that recognizes select students from Yale University and the University of Connecticut for academic achievement and community service. The chapter last year also held its second annual Medical School Jeopardy Tournament for third- and fourth-year medical students. Students from 11 schools in six states participated. After the competition, all joined the College as medical student members.
Using the College's clinical theme, "Emerging Antibiotic Resistance," the Georgia Chapter sponsored a patient education brochure competition for medical students. Students created patient education brochures explaining upper respiratory infections and emphasizing the dangers of unnecessary antibiotics. The winning brochure was made available to physician members as a patient education tool.
The North Dakota Chapter re-instituted its internal medicine club last year to educate first- and second-year medical students about internal medicine. While the chapter expected a moderate turnout, about 60 students attended the first meeting. The chapter held a total of three meetings last year and plans to expand future meetings to include third- and fourth-year students. The chapter also re-instituted a first-year externship program for five medical students. Students receive a $1,000 stipend to spend a month with an internist from the chapter who is on the clinical faculty of a medical school.
The Venezuela Region last year increased recognition of the College by offering a series of informational meetings. The three meetings attracted more than 120 attendees and provided an overview of ACP-ASIM and its products, services and membership requirements. The program also brought College resources to provincial medical centers and established close bonds with physicians in these areas, expanding the College’s influence.
The Virginia Chapter designed the "Internists as Artists" program to promote and feature internists’ artistic hobbies and interests. Eighteen physicians displayed a total of 50 paintings, drawings and poetry selections at the 2000 inaugural program. Several members also performed musical selections during the chapter’s awards banquet.
The Texas Chapter hosted a strategic planning retreat for its 25-member board of directors. The purpose of the retreat was to develop a comprehensive plan, define goals and set quantifiable objectives for the chapter. The retreat gave participants an opportunity to reflect on the chapter’s mission and identify ways to develop and expand the chapter's activities and programs.
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