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Regents approve name change, new Annals content

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

At its October meeting, the Board of Regents approved a name change for the College, a memorandum of understanding with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and expanded content for Annals of Internal Medicine.

  • Name change. The Regents approved a resolution to change the College's name back to "American College of Physicians" and adopt a new logo with the corporate tag line, "Internal Medicine. Doctors for Adults." College leaders believe this tag line will help better identify the College's membership for the public.

    The Regents cited two main reasons for the name change. First, American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine is cumbersome. Reporters have objected to the name's length, and some have been confused by the current moniker. Although ACP-ASIM was meant to denote a merged organization, some have referred to the College as ACP and ASIM, indicating two separate organizations.

    The Board of Governors developed the name change resolution after more than a year's efforts to create a new corporate identity for the College that would work best for members. For more on the decision-making process, see "Regents to take final vote on new name for ACP-ASIM," in the October ACP-ASIM Observer.

    The new name and logo will be officially rolled out at the 2003 Annual Session in San Diego.

  • Recertification. The Regents unanimously approved the memorandum of understanding, an agreement between the College and the American Board of Internal Medicine to work together to ensure that the recertification process is valid. (For more on this agreement, see "College, ABIM reach new agreement on recertification.")

  • Annals. The Regents approved a proposal to expand Annals of Internal Medicine to include additional articles promoting clinical practice improvement. By educating physicians about ways to improve their practices and reduce medical errors, the articles will help improve patient safety. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality will support some of the costs of the added content. The Annals Editor will retain editorial control.

  • Liability reform. The Regents discussed whether professional liability reform would be most effectively pursued on a state or a national level, which states had made progress on the issue and how federal advocacy efforts have fared. They also discussed ways to increase member participation in the political process and financial contributions to a national tort reform campaign.

  • Attracting students. The Regents approved a plan to promote internal medicine as a career, which is part of the College's 2003-06 Strategic Plan. The plan calls for increasing medical students' contact with internist role models and for developing faculty training programs that will improve internal medicine education.

    The College's Council of Associates recommended areas the College should focus on to attract more students and residents to internal medicine. Council representatives noted that many residents and medical students are concerned about issues like job security, liability insurance premiums and the rewards of long-term relationships with patients.

    For more information, see "What can internal medicine do to attract more medical students to careers in primary care?."

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