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Scenes from Annual Session 2001 in Atlanta

Clinical skills—Internists at a pre-Session course on clinical skills pick up some pointers on arthrocentesis at the Learning Center. This year's Learning Center featured workshops on gynecological and breast exams, musculoskeletal screening exams and joint and soft-tissue injection. The center also featured demonstrations of computer software for physicians and sessions on community-based teaching.

   

African American reception—Emerald Mason, a student participant in Morehouse School of Medicine's summer youth mentoring program, shares her experience at this year's African American reception. The program introduces high school and college students to the health professions. Jerome Carter, FACP, whose book on electronic medical records was recently released, was recognized as the College's first African American author.

   

International networking—At the International Networking reception, special representatives and honorary Fellows from Convocation are recognized. Winners of the International Poster Competition were also announced. International attendees and presidents and representatives of internal medicine societies around the world mingled with College leaders and other Annual Session attendees at the event. About 250 attended.

   

Associates' posters—An ACP-ASIM Associate displays her poster during the Associate Abstract Competition Presentations. This year, a total of 156 posters competed for awards, a new record for the program. (A record number of College chapters submitted entries this year.) Medical students also displayed 30 posters from the Medical Student Abstract

   

Opening Ceremony—Georgia Gov. Roy E. Barnes helps the College kick off Annual Session with an appearance at Opening Ceremony. The Governor announced plans to launch a program to attract pharmaceutical and biotechnological research, as well as oncologists and oncology treatment centers, to the state. The program will be funded by tobacco settlement funds.

   

International connections—Regent Faroque A. Khan, MACP, moderates a panel on the role of international medical graduates in the United States and the expansion of ACP-ASIM's international activities. The panel discussed how the College can foster international cooperation among physicians, as well as how overseas physicians can take part in U.S. mini-fellowships and how U.S. medical students can take electives abroad.

   

Annals changes—Harold C. Sox, MACP, talks about his plans to change Annals of Internal Medicine. Dr. Sox, who will become Editor of Annals in July when the current Editor retires, said he plans to make the journal more appealing to time-starved physicians without relying too heavily on summaries. He also plans to solicit articles that identify gaps in the evidence and fill them with experienced clinicians' wisdom.

   

Student mentoring—An ACP-ASIM Medical Student (right) gets some career advice at the Medical Student Mentoring Breakfast. For this year's event, the College paired 27 medical students with mentors based on their interests. College staff also enabled the students and mentors to exchange e-mail addresses so they can stay in touch throughout the year.

   

Opening Ceremony—Daniel D. Federman, MACP, talks about the differences-and similarities-between women's and men's health during his speech at Opening Ceremony. While he applauded the growing women's health movement for drawing attention to the needs of women, he encouraged internists to learn about the full spectrum of gender-related biology to improve care for all patients.

   

Board of Governors—Joseph W. Stubbs, FACP, Governor for the College's Georgia Chapter, speaks during a reference committee meeting at the Board of Governors meeting. The Governors debated issues like physician compensation and the scope of chiropractic practice and made recommendations for the full Board of Governors to vote on. The Governors then passed resolutions on for a vote before the Board of Regents.

   

Fellowship mentoring—More than 200 College members attended this year's Fellowship Mentoring Breakfast. Mentors at the session talk to aspiring Fellows about the application process, identifying a sponsor and how to best present information on a curriculum vitae. About half of the internists who attend these breakfast meetings go on to become Fellows.

   

Associates Caucus—Holly Mattix, ACP-ASIM Associate, Chair of the College's Council of Associates, speaks during Caucus 2001. The annual luncheon gives residents and fellows a forum to talk about issues that affect their training such as work hours, tax refunds for residents and unionization. This year's session drew almost 200 attendees.

   

Physician heroes—Clifton R. Cleaveland, MACP, recipient of this year's Nicholas E. Davies Award Scholarship, talks about five "physician-heroes" who inspired his commitment to the practice of medicine. He quoted Aristotle, who said that heroism grows out of a lifelong commitment to virtuous behavior and a preparation to respond to unpredictable circumstances.

   

Public policy—Outgoing Chair of the Board of Regents Rowen K. Zetterman, MACP, describes the College's public policy initiatives at a press briefing. ACP-ASIM leaders talked about the College's involvement in issues like access to care, patient safety, quality improvement and the relationship between general and subspecialty physicians.

   

Convocation—Outgoing President Sandra Adamson Fryhofer, MACP, presides over this year's Convocation Ceremony. The College inducted 385 new Fellows, awarded Masterships to 44 internists and presented 15 awards for service in medicine. During her speech, Dr. Fryhofer highlighted the advocacy issues the College has tackled during the last year.

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