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College resolutions for spring 2004 Governors meeting due Dec. 19

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

The deadline for submitting resolutions to be heard at the April 2004 Board of Governors meeting is Friday, Dec. 19.

ACP members may initiate a resolution addressing an issue or topic by submitting it to their Governor or chapter council. A resolution becomes a resolution of the chapter once the chapter council approves it.

Resolutions should clearly distinguish the action requested within its resolved clause(s) as either a policy resolve ("Resolved that ACP policy ...") or a directive requesting action or study on an issue ("Resolved that the Board of Regents ...").

Each requested resolution should have its own resolved clause.

The Board of Governors votes on new resolutions, then presents approved resolutions to the Board of Regents with recommendations for action or follow-up. Once the Regents accept those recommendations, resolutions either become policy or are forwarded to College committees and staff for study or implementation.

You can search ACP's archive of resolutions at the online resolutions database. The database allows users to search by text of resolution (keyword search), date submitted and sponsor.

You can also research the College's positions on key health policy issues in the "Advocacy" section of ACP Online.

If you have any questions about the resolutions process or how to format a resolution, contact your Governor.

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