College's Evergreen Awards recognize chapter efforts
SAN DIEGO—At this year's Annual Session, ACP gave eight College chapters Evergreen Awards to honor new programs that increase member communication and involvement. Here is a list of the winners and a brief description of their efforts.
Chapter representatives receive Evergreen Awards at Annual Session in San Diego.
The Georgia Chapter joined forces with the American Academy of Pediatrics' Georgia chapter and the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians to form the Georgia Primary Care Coalition. The group advocates for important health care legislation and regulatory reform. It also promotes educational initiatives for primary care providers and their patients.
Now in its third year, the coalition has successfully organized three primary care legislative days at the state capital and developed tools to help physicians improve their immunization practices.
The Florida Chapter hosted an innovative seminar to educate members about public policy issues and help them communicate with legislators on behalf of internal medicine. As a result of the seminar, 115 members signed up for the College's Key Contact Program, volunteering to help promote the College's legislative agenda.
The Tennessee Chapter developed a Web version of "Grand Rounds in Literature," which investigates the relationship between literature and medicine. The Web site grew out of the chapter's famous reading retreats developed by Clifton R. Cleaveland, MACP, a former College President. The site offers original literature, reviews and commentaries, and serves as a forum to explore how literature can revitalize physicians.
The West Virginia Chapter created two unique educational programs that have expanded over several years.
First, the chapter teamed up with the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center to hold a four-event "Learning Extravaganza." The program provided fun learning opportunities for faculty, students and staff through interactive exhibits and teaching modules that incorporated innovative technology.
The chapter also developed a program in conjunction with West Virginia University's Health Sciences and Technology Academy to interest rural and minority high school students in health care careers. Students attended chapter meetings where they could participate in skill-building exercises, select a mentor and attend social functions with internists.
Innovation in Chapter Management
The Idaho Chapter held town meetings around the state to give members an opportunity to voice concerns about crucial issues such as Medicare pay, recertification, and physicians' relations with the pharmaceutical industry. The chapter's Governor also used the meetings to foster statewide collegiality, update members on ACP activities and introduce nonmembers to the College. The meetings helped the chapter recruit members to serve in chapter leadership roles and on local committees.
For the past four years, the Indiana Chapter has cosponsored and helped coordinate the Westside Health Fair. Organized by medical students, this one-day event aids a poor, medically underserved neighborhood and helps students develop leadership skills. Each year, students create exhibits to give patients information on topics like osteoporosis, adult immunization and domestic violence.
The Nebraska Chapter has worked to reverse the trend of decreased enrollment in internal medicine residency programs by promoting internal medicine as a career. Those efforts have increased medical student membership in the College and expanded student participation in local chapter activities.
The chapter's Governor and council members attended internal medicine interest clubs and spoke about the rewards of working in internal medicine and how College membership can bolster students' careers.
Chapter leaders also participated in medical school health fairs, visited classes to promote student membership and implemented a student poster competition at the annual chapter meeting. As a result, the chapter has more than doubled its student membership.
Through the inspiration of a first-year medical student, the Vermont Chapter formed an internal medicine interest group to help students explore general internal medicine and subspecialties through mentor relationships and peer interaction.
The group formed an alliance with the Vermont Chapter's Associates to increase medical student participation at chapter meetings. It also organized interdisciplinary panels to discuss training programs and careers in internal medicine.
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