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

Coming soon: new bioterror pocket guides

Check your mail later this month for new bioterrorism pocket guides from the College.

The cards describe epidemiological clues of a bioterrorist attack and sentinel clues for category A biological agents. Class A agents such as anthrax, plague, viral hemorrhagic fevers, smallpox and botulism are easily disseminated, transmitted from person to person, and cause high mortality.

The cards also list Web resources and explain physicians' reporting responsibilities.

The College mailed copies of the cards, which were funded by a $20,000 grant from the ACP-ASIM Foundation, earlier this month. For more information, contact Lisa Rockey at 800-523-1546, ext. 2588.

A printable version of the card is available from the College's Bioterrorism Resource Center Web site.

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Regents nominations due Aug. 1

As part of the College's ongoing effort to include members in the nominations process, the Nominations Committee is soliciting recommendations for new Regent positions that will become vacant in 2003. All nominations are due Aug. 1.

Nominees should demonstrate commitment to the College, dependability, leadership qualities and the ability to represent the College in diverse arenas. Letters of nomination should highlight these characteristics and specify the reasons a nominee is qualified for the position. Regent nominees must be College Fellows or Masters.

The Nominations Committee is particularly interested in receiving nominations of women, ethnic minorities, international medical graduates, chairs of medicine and practicing physicians. Although few Regent vacancies are available each year, all nominations will be carefully considered.

Potential Regent candidates must have one letter of nomination and one letter of support. (The nominator must identify the author of each letter.) Any additional letters in support of the candidate will be discarded.

Nominations for first-term Regents must contain a standard structured nominating proposal that includes the following for each candidate:

  • a brief description of his/her current activities;
  • special attributes the candidate would bring to the Board of Regents;
  • previous and current service in College-related activities;
  • service in organizations other than the College (medical and non-medical); and
  • a seconding letter.

A separate letter must be submitted for each nomination. Without the appropriate material, the nomination will not be advanced for review. Candidates must have new letters of nomination each year; old letters will be discarded.

Please send your confidential nominations to Nominations Committee, Attn: Patricia Carter, ACP-ASIM, 190 N. Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1572. If you have any questions, please e-mail Mrs. Carter at pcarter@acponline.org, or call 800-523-1546, ext. 2815, or 215-351-2815.

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