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College's Evergreen Awards recognize chapter efforts

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

The College gave 10 College chapters Evergreen Awards at Annual Session in Philadelphia. The awards recognize efforts to increase member communication and participation in internal medicine. Here is a list of the winners and a brief description of their efforts:

Advocacy

Illinois
The Illinois Chapter established the Illinois Coalition of Health Care Organizations, an umbrella group to represent state health care organizations' common interests and present a unified front to the state legislature. The coalition has brought attention to the misuse of tobacco settlement money by determining and publicizing legislators' views on the issue.

Associates

Illinois
The Illinois Chapter sponsored its second annual workshop to help residents continue their training through a fellowship. The luncheon event, which attracted more than 80 residents, presented advice from fellowship program directors and third-year residents who had recently found fellowships.

Indiana
The Indiana Chapter Associates Council developed a new monthly newsletter for Associates, eligible residents and fellows in Indiana to update them about local chapter activities and improve collegiality among the state's residency programs. The chapter distributed the newsletter to medical students at the Indiana University School of Medicine, the state's only medical school.

Education/Communication

Alaska
The Alaska Chapter created a grand rounds committee to help the three participating hospitals in Anchorage. The Committee developed a curriculum model to address specific areas of interest in the medical community. To offset expenses, the chapter held industry fairs that raised $14,000. These industry fairs offered drug makers an opportunity to display their products to physicians at a non-CME event.

Florida
The Florida Chapter developed a scientific program, "In Defense of Dr. X," to examine medical malpractice problems. The program began with a short didactic session describing the four elements of malpractice. Two practicing attorneys representing the defense and the plaintiff then questioned a physician playing the role of Dr. X. After a short mock trial, the audience was asked to predict the outcome of the case and the size of the settlement. The audience then heard the verdict and settlement and discussed the outcome.

Rhode Island
The Rhode Island Chapter, in conjunction with the College's Practice Management Center, developed a practice management resources section on its Web site. The page contains links to state regulation sites, phone numbers of provider relations officials for local health plans and online enrollment materials for Medicare and Medicaid. Physicians can also use the Web site to submit practice management questions.

Medical Students

U.S. Air Force
The Air Force Region created a "virtual medical student advisory council" to allow students nationwide to talk to practicing Air Force internists and learn more about internal medicine in the Air Force. The project created a student forum on ACP-ASIM Online for military medical students to solicit input and receive feedback on important issues. The program has helped increase the region's medical student membership.

Virginia
The Virginia Chapter's "Club Med" program held a medical student symposium that gave students from Virginia and Washington an opportunity to learn more about the College while getting to know other students. More than 100 students representing six medical schools attended the symposium, which offered a keynote address, three internal medicine-related workshops, luncheon lectures and a "Medical Jeopardy" competition.

Membership Enhancement/Diversity

Iowa
The Iowa Chapter created a diversity committee to recognize cultural, racial and gender differences among the state's rural and community physicians. The 16-member committee helps educate local physicians about diversity issues relevant to their practices. Throughout the year, the committee participated in diversity activities offered by the University of Iowa and in local communities.

New York
The New York Chapter launched a Web site for international medical graduates (IMGs). The site gives IMGs information about residency programs, post-training issues and College-sponsored activities. It also includes articles from other physicians who have successfully navigated the system.

Texas
The Texas Chapter developed a two-year recruitment and retention program to help add members and improve diversity. The chapter's efforts attracted more than 500 medical students to recruitment meetings at the state's eight medical schools. The chapter also gave grants to medical schools and regional Associates councils to raise awareness about internal medicine and fund local activities.

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