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From the July 2001 ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright 2001 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

Chapters honor 30 internists with Laureate Awards

From the July 2001 ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright 2001 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

ACP–ASIM chapters gave 30 internists Laureate Awards this spring.

The awards honor College Fellows and Masters who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in medical care, education and research, and provide service to their community and the College.

Awardees generally have been Fellows for 15 to 20 years, have a long history of excellence and peer approval in internal medicine and have served the College with distinction. Exceptional circumstances may modify these requirements.

Here is a list of the most recent award winners:

Alabama

  • Max Michael III, FACP
  • Keehn W. Berry Jr., FACP

Alaska

  • Keith M. Brownsberger, FACP
  • Steven B. Tucker, FACP

California Southern I

  • James S. Louie, FACP
  • Susan E. Sprau, ACP–ASIM Member

Colorado

  • Richard F. Bakemeier, FACP

Delaware

  • T. Noble Jarrell III, FACP

Georgia

  • Joel D. Todino, FACP

Iowa

  • Raymond J. Hohl, FACP
  • Ralph R. Pray, FACP

Louisiana/Mississippi

  • John B. Bobear, FACP
  • Charles B. Moore, FACP
  • Kenneth R. Bennett, FACP

North Carolina

  • John A. Lusk III, FACP
  • Don C. Chaplin, FACP

New Jersey

  • Nayan K. Kothari, FACP

New York Downstate

  • Stephan L. Kamholz, MACP
  • Richard A. Lipton, FACP
  • Michael S. Niederman, FACP
  • Pamela Charney, FACP

Ontario

  • Jay D.H. Silverberg, FACP

Puerto Rico

  • Mario R. Garcia-Palmieri, MACP

Rhode Island

  • Robert S. Burroughs, FACP

U.S. Air Force

  • George W. Meyer, FACP

Venezuela

  • Herman Wuani Ettedgui, FACP

Virginia

  • William P. Edmondson Jr., FACP
  • John S. Davis IV, MACP
  • Lawrence Gaydos, MD

West Virginia

  • Abnash C. Jain, FACP

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Physicians value immunizations but need vaccine guidelines

From the July 2001 ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright 2001 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

While most internists think that immunization is an essential part of preventive medicine, most said they could use some help in deciding when to administer vaccines.

As part of its Adult Immunization Initiative, the College conducted a survey at this year’s Annual Session in Atlanta to gather information about members’ immunization practices. Results showed that 88% of respondents agree that immunization is an essential part of preventive medicine, but 26% said that many of their patients refuse to be immunized.

Many of the respondents also said they need assistance in determining when they should administer immunizations. Sixty-three percent of respondents, for example, said they had inadequate information or unclear guidelines on the vaccine for Lyme disease, while 47% said they had inadequate information on the varicella vaccine and 23% said they didn’t know enough about the hepatitis A vaccine.

Surveyed internists also identified the top three barriers to providing immunizations in a practice setting as the lack of an effective tracking/reminder/recall system, missing or inaccurate information on patient history charts, and a lack of adequate patient education materials.

More than 550 physicians participated in the survey at the Adult Immunization booth at Annual Session or on ACP–ASIM Online. Additional data will be available this summer on the Adult Immunization Initiative Web site at www.acponline.org/aii/.

As part of its Adult Immunization Initiative, the College is developing immunization education materials for physicians and patients. For more information, contact Leslie Gurowitz at 800-523-1546, ext. 2477, or lgurowitz@acponline.org.

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Associates moving to full membership will receive discounted College dues

From the July 2001 ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright 2001 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

Beginning this month, the College will ease the financial burden of its members who are just entering the workforce.

Associate Members in good standing who move directly to full membership will pay the discounted Associates dues rate (currently $104 per year) for two more years. They will also continue to receive their Associates’ discount on all College products for two more years.

After that two-year period elapses, these members will receive a normal member discount on products and will pay mid-rate dues (currently $200 per year) for an additional three years. Once this five-year transition period is up, these members will begin paying the full dues rate (currently $328 per year).

Associates who resign, are dropped for nonpayment of dues or allow their membership to lapse without becoming full College members are not eligible for this program.

Members with questions about the transitional dues program can contact Membership Services at 800-523-1546, ext. 2605, or mbrservices@acponline.org.

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Wanted: abstracts from ACP–ASIM Associates

If you’re an Associate member of the College and would like to share findings from research, a community service project or an interesting case experience, the College wants to hear from you.

Residents and fellows are being asked to submit abstracts for the 2002 research and clinical vignette poster competitions. Winners will present their abstracts at the 2002 Annual Session in Philadelphia.

Entries must be postmarked by Oct. 1. Application forms are available online at www.acponline.org/srf/. For more information, call Tracey Henry at 800-523-1546, ext. 2727.

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