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From the March ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright © 2003 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

PIER adds 11 new modules to clinical decision-support tool

The Physicians' Information and Education Resource (PIER) recently added 11 new modules to its growing body of clinical decision-making information.

PIER is an online decision-support tool that gives users evidence-based recommendations to help guide them through difficult clinical problems. The product—which is available to members free of charge on the Web through June of this year—provides answers to questions about treatment protocols, diagnoses and drug dosages.

The 11 new modules cover topics including angioedema, arterial blood gases, colorectal cancer screening and acne. PIER now contains nearly 190 individual modules.

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New College book provides help with cross-cultural medicine

A new book from ACP-ASIM can help physicians treat patients from different ethnic groups.

"Cross-Cultural Medicine" provides background on the unique health care needs of major racial, ethnic and cultural groups in the United States. The book gives readers an overview of these patients' general health problems, along with information about spiritual and religious issues.

Individual chapters explore the health care needs of black Americans, Latinos, American Indians, Native Alaskans, Asian Americans and Arab Americans. The book also gives readers advice on how to advocate for care for these groups.

The 300-page soft cover book costs $34 for members. More information and a table of contents are available online.

You can order the book online or by calling ACP-ASIM Customer Service at 800-523-1546, ext. 2600, or 215-351-2600 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., EST).

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ACP-ASIM forms new chapter in Japan

The College has announced plans to establish a chapter in Japan.

The chapter is the first to be established outside North America since the Venezuela chapter began in 1992. Approximately 200 active College Fellows and Masters live in Japan.

Kiyoshi Kurokawa, MACP, assumed the role of Interim Governor for the chapter on Feb. 1. He will serve until an election is held to choose a four-year Governor for the chapter.

More information is online.

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Annals contest offers $500 prize for best photo

Annals of Internal Medicine is offering a $500 prize for the best photograph submitted in 2003.

The journal will use the submitted photographs in its Personae section, which features evocative black-and-white photos depicting people in everyday settings. No accompanying captions appear with the pictures, so the images must speak for themselves.

More details and information on how to enter are online.

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Wanted: physicians to evaluate online health information

An initiative cosponsored by ACP-ASIM is looking for physicians interested in participating in an in-depth study of the quality of online health care information.

The initiative's goal is to help consumers better use the Internet to access health care information through search engines and online directories. Two-thirds of consumers now access the Internet, and 80% of those who use the Internet also use search engines to access health-related information.

The initiative will first examine how consumers use search engines to locate health information. Researchers will then look at the quality of the online medical information itself. Study results will be used to direct future research and development to improve the quality of online health information.

Two organizations are conducting the initiative: the URAC, an organization that accredits health care organizations and is sponsored in part by the College, and Consumer WebWatch, an offshoot of Consumer Reports magazine.

For more information or to participate in the project, contact Liza Greenberg at 202-216-9010 or lgreenberg@urac.org.

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