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From the March ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright © 2002 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

  • College to change bylaws at Annual Session
  • Nominations for College awards, Masters due July 1
  • Associates on the path to full membership eligible for discounted dues, products

College to change bylaws at Annual Session

At its January meeting, the Board of Regents recommended that the membership vote to adopt several bylaws changes, including Medical Student Member representation on the Board of Regents, voting rights for Associate members and new language about the organization of chapters and regions.

All changes will be voted on at the College's Annual Business Meeting at Annual Session in Philadelphia. The changes will take effect only if ratified by two-thirds of College members attending the meeting.

A copy of the College bylaws with the proposed changes is online at www.acponline.org/college/aboutacp/bylaws.pdf. Members may also request that a copy be mailed to them by calling ACP-ASIM Customer Service at 800-523-1546, ext. 2600, or 215-351-2600 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., EST).

Nominations for College awards, Masters due July 1

Nominations for ACP-ASIM awards and Masterships are due July 1. Each year, the College's Awards Committee presents 14 awards and a number of Masterships during Convocation Ceremony at Annual Session. These awards recognize the accomplishments of distinguished individuals in a wide variety of areas, including the practice of medicine, teaching, research, public service and volunteer service. The Awards Committee is seeking nominations that encompass a broad range of skills and talents.

For a candidate to be considered, five letters must be sent. Incomplete files will be held over for the following year, and all materials are kept confidential. Individuals cannot nominate themselves, and only successful candidates are notified of election results. The files of unsuccessful candidates are held for three years, but new material and new curricula vitae must be resubmitted each year for the candidate to be considered again.

Criteria for the College's awards and Masterships are online at www.acponline.org/college/aboutacp/awards_masters.pdf. For more information or a print version of the criteria, call Jean Elliott at 800-523-1546, ext. 2692, or 215-351-2692.

Associates on the path to full membership eligible for discounted dues, products

If you're an Associate member of the College and eligible for full membership, ACP-ASIM would like to help you save money.

Associates who move directly to full College membership will pay discounted dues and receive discounts on key ACP-ASIM products for up to five years. If your membership with the College lapses before you become a full member, however, you will not be eligible for these discounts.

Associate members in good standing who move directly to full membership will pay the Associate dues rate for the following two years. These ACP-ASIM Members will also be eligible for the Associate discount on selected products like MKSAP, Annual Session registration and educational courses.

After two years, you will pay reduced membership dues for an additional three-year period. You'll also receive normal member discounts on the College's programs, products and services. The program will help you save more than $500 off the current dues schedule.

You can move directly from Associate status to full membership in two ways. ABIM-certified Associates who have paid their current dues will automatically be elected to full membership in July unless they opt not to do so. Associates who have completed training but are not yet board certified must submit a proposal form by May in order to participate in this program.

ACP-ASIM created the program to help ease the financial burdens of members who are entering the workforce and need the College's resources. The program will also be open to Associates in Canada, Chile and Mexico who have paid their dues and are certified in internal medicine in their home country.

Associates who resign, are dropped for nonpayment of dues or allow their memberships to lapse on June 30 cannot participate in this program. When they rejoin the College, they must pay the full dues rate.

The College's requirements for full membership and the proposal form are online at www.acponline.org/college/membership. If you have questions about the transitional rate program, eligibility criteria or its advantages, contact Valerie Steiner at 800-523-1546, ext. 2704, or mbrservices@acponline.org.

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