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From the October ACP Observer, copyright 2003 by the American College of Physicians.

New MKSAP for Students offers help for clerkships

ACP's popular MKSAP for Students is now available in a new second edition that includes a fully searchable CD-ROM.

MKSAP for Students 2 includes more than 400 patient-centered self-assessment questions and answers. Formatted for medical students on their clerkship rotation, the questions provide a focused, concise review of important internal medicine information. Questions cover the content described by the 28 categories from the Core Medicine Clerkship Curriculum Guide's "Training Problems."

The Clerkship Curriculum Guide is a nationally recognized curriculum created and published by the Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine and the Society of General Internal Medicine. It defines competencies, knowledge, attitudes and skills that medical students are expected to master by the end of their clerkship.

The package, which includes the CD-ROM and a 300-page book, costs $44.50. For more information or to order, go online or contact ACP Customer Service at 800-523-1546, ext. 2600, or 215-351-2600 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., ET).

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Interested in ACP Fellowship? Get started now

If you're interested in applying for ACP Fellowship, you need to get started soon. Fellowship proposals to be considered at the May 2004 meeting of the Credentials Subcommittee are due by Dec. 1. Because it can take months to prepare a complete Fellowship proposal, you need to consider starting the Fellowship process now to make the December deadline.

You don't have to publish to become an ACP Fellow. Several Fellowship "pathways" are available that recognize the achievements of members in most internal medicine career paths.

For more about requirements for advancement and how to apply, go online or call 800-523-1546, ext. 2709.

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ACP is asking members to complete a brief census

This month, the College will begin conducting a brief online census to survey members about their professional activities and the setting in which they practice. The information will help ACP tailor its programs and products to members' clinical and business needs, and to advocate more effectively for their interests in Washington.

If the College has your e-mail address, you will receive e-mails asking you to visit the census Web site. The census, which should take less than five minutes to complete, will ask about your primary professional activity, the percentage of time spent in direct patient care, the size of your group practice, and the mix of your time spent in inpatient and outpatient care.

Later this month, a letter will go out asking all members to complete the census online. If you don't respond at the Web site, you will receive a printed questionnaire in the mail in early 2004.

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Free patient videos target minority groups

Two new free College patient education videos address common health issues.

The videos provide medical information for at-risk groups. The videos and accompanying patient guidebooks can be used in the office setting or given to patients to take home.

"Awareness is Power: Cancer and the African-American" discusses the risks and treatment options for prostate, breast and lung cancers, the three most common cancers among black Americans (ACP product code # 701101030). An accompanying guidebook outlines the risks, symptoms, treatments and resources for coping with cancer.

"Diabetes Prevention and Control: A Guide for Hispanic-Americans" features Congressman Joe Baca, actress Liz Torres and actor Edward James Olmos.

They join physician-experts to provide information and advice about the prevention and treatment of diabetes. The 30-minute program is available in both Spanish (product code # 701101530) and English (product code # 701101130).

The videos and guidebooks are free for ACP members. (Shipping costs $5 for one to five items and $10 for six to 10 items.)

For more information, go online. To order, contact ACP Customer Service at 800-523-1546, ext. 2600, or 215-351-2600 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., ET).

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