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Check your mail for new membership dues notices

The College's membership dues notices now have a new look and offer information about ACP-ASIM products and services.

Instead of mailing dues notices in a standard envelope, the College is now including dues notices in a green-and-white booklet. The booklet includes a letter from College leadership, a list of membership benefits and answers to questions about dues.

If you have any questions about membership dues, contact ACP-ASIM Customer Service at 800-523-1546, ext. 2600, or 215-351-2600 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., EST). You can also send e-mail to custserve@acponline.org.

Two new books explore obesity, end-of-life care

The ACP-ASIM Books Program recently released two new books on obesity and end-of-life care. "Obesity," the newest addition to the Key Diseases Series, gives readers evidence-based information they need to successfully manage the condition. The 352-page soft cover text gives physicians practical information they can use in everyday clinical practice.

"Physician's Guide to End-of-Life" has three sections giving readers practical information that is illustrated by cases. The book, which was developed by members of the College's End-of-Life Care Consensus Panel, focuses on topics like communication and relationship-building in palliative care; evidence-based approaches to managing pain, depression and delirium; intractable suffering; and legal, financial and quality issues.

More information and a table of contents for both books is available online at www.acponline.org/catalog. You can order the books online or by calling Customer Service at 800-523-1546, ext. 2600, or 215-351-2600 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., EST).

Board review, recertification review audio and videotapes available

Two courses designed to help physicians prepare for the board certification or recertification exams are now available on audio or video tape.

"The Core of Internal Medicine: A Recertification Preparation Course," a 2001 Annual Session pre-Session course, is currently available on audio and video tape and includes a syllabus. Audio and video tapes and a syllabus of the 2001 "Seattle Internal Medicine Board Review Course" will also be available in September.

Both courses are eligible for category 1 CME credit.

For more information, contact CME Unlimited at 800-776-5454 or www.cmeunlimited. org/acp.

Young Physicians Subcommittee needs input on women in medicine

The College's Young Physicians Subcommittee is looking for input regarding the problems that female physicians face in medicine.

The Subcommittee has been examining the problems that women physicians face from medical school until well into their careers. It has finished a draft version of a report, "Ready, Set, Stumble: Career Frustrations of Young Women Physicians," and is seeking additional input.

The draft version of the report, for example, identifies a proposal to develop local women's internal medicine interest groups for students, residents and fellows. These groups could provide a forum for both senior and junior female faculty and could pair students, residents and fellows with mentors.

The Young Physicians Subcommittee is charged with examining issues of importance to physicians under age 40. The group will make recommendations to the College's Board of Regents to bring about needed changes. For a copy of the draft version of the report, contact Jean Elliott, YPS Administrator, at 800-523-1546, ext. 2692, or 215-351-2692.

Adult Immunization Initiative plans fall campaign

The ACP-ASIM Adult Immunization Initiative is planning a fall vaccination campaign to help internists prepare for the upcoming flu season.

The campaign will focus on the following topics:

  • updates on influenza vaccine distribution for the 2000-2001 flu season;
  • tips on how to encourage patients who are not at risk of complications stemming from influenza to wait for the vaccine;
  • advice on how to take advantage of public awareness during flu season to educate patients about other recommended vaccines; and
  • state-by-state listings of influenza and pneumococcal immunization rates.

The campaign will also include educational materials for internists to use with their patients. For more information on the ACP-ASIM Adult Immunization Initiative, contact Matt Smith at 800-523-1546, ext. 2602 (msmith@acponline.org), or visit the Web at www.acponline.org/aii.

In other immunization news, ACP-ASIM Immediate Past President Sandra Adamson Fryhofer, MACP, spread the word about the ACP-ASIM Adult Immunization Initiative at the National Immunization Conference May 29 through June 1. During her presentation, Dr. Fryhofer urged public health organizations to unite in the messages they give the government, providers and the public to make immunizations readily available to adults who need them.

Summaries of the conference's presentations, including slides, are available on the NIC Web site at www.cdc.gov/nip/nic.

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