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

College releases new books on wide range of topics

ACP-ASIM has released the following new books on telephone medicine, infectious diseases, asthma and gynecology:

  • "Telephone Medicine: A Guide for the Practicing Physician" provides an overview of telephone medicine and how it can improve patient care. The book presents an evidence-based approach to common patient complaints ranging from sore throat to chest pain, along with algorithms to help guide physician decision-making. Other chapters provide information on communication skills, medicolegal issues, difficult patient types, documentation, office management and e-mail. The 429-page book costs $32 for members; refer to product #330301000.

  • "Expert Guide to Infectious Diseases" is the latest publication in the College's "Expert Guide" series, which features books written by experts for primary care physicians. This latest publication's 40 chapters cover infections of the central nervous system, heart and blood vessels, gastrointestinal tract, genitourinary system, respiratory tract, and bones and skin, as well as HIV, herpes viruses, Lyme disease and malaria. The 846-page book costs $44 for members; refer to product #330300500.

  • "Asthma" focuses on caring for adult asthmatics and features illustrative case histories. It examines differential diagnosis, management of acute and chronic asthma, and special topics such as asthma in pregnancy, occupational asthma, and exercise- and drug-induced asthma. The 237-page book costs $30 for members; refer to product #330300110.

  • "Practical Gynecology: A Guide for the Primary Care Physician" provides practical guidance on a wide range of topics including examination and screening, menstrual disorders, sexually transmitted diseases, contraception, incontinence, breast problems, preconception care, hormone replacement therapy and menopause. It is designed for physicians at all knowledge and experience levels. The 621-page book costs $40 for members; refer to product #330300900.

For more information or to view the books' tables of contents, go to www.acponline.org/catalog/books. You can order copies online or by calling ACP-ASIM Customer Service at 800-523-1546, ext. 2513 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT).

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Board of Governors resolutions for fall meeting due June 7

New resolutions to be heard at the September 2002 Board of Governors meeting are due June 7, 2002.

ACP-ASIM members may initiate a resolution addressing any issue or topic by submitting it to their Governor and/or chapter council. Once the chapter council approves it, it becomes a resolution of the chapter.

To research the College's position on key health policy issues before submitting a resolution, go to www.acponline.org/advocacy/. This summer, the College will unveil a members-only online resolutions database that will allow you to search the College's archive of resolutions by keyword, date submitted and sponsor. An announcement will be posted on ACP-ASIM Online when the database is up and running.

In accordance with ACP-ASIM's resolution process, resolutions should clearly distinguish the action requested within its resolved clause(s) as either a policy resolve ("Resolved that ACP-ASIM policy ...") or a directive, which requests action or study on an issue ("Resolved that the Board of Regents ..."). If more than one action is proposed, each should have its own resolved clause. Contact your Governor if you have any questions about how to format resolutions.

New resolutions and recommendations for follow-up are acted upon by the Board of Governors and presented to the Board of Regents. Once the Board of Regents has accepted recommendations, resolutions are either adopted as policy or forwarded to College staff and/or committees for study or implementation.

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Time to pay chapter dues

When you receive your dues notice, remember to include chapter dues in your payment.

Chapter dues provide the primary support for local initiatives and are vital to the success of your chapter. Activities supported by your chapter dues include educational meetings, mentoring programs for medical students, local Associates' research competitions and state advocacy efforts.

Chapter dues also help offset the cost of local support staff and provide funding for chapter initiatives.

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