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From the March ACP Observer, copyright © 2004 by the American College of Physicians.

College elects new officers

In January, the Board of Regents and the Board of Governors elected the following individuals as ACP officers. They will take office at the conclusion of the Annual Business Meeting at Annual Session on Saturday, April 24, in New Orleans.

2004-05 President-elect
C. Anderson Hedberg, FACP
, Chicago

Incumbent Regents
The following Regents were elected for a second term to expire in 2007:

Jamie S. Barkin, FACP, Miami Beach, Fla.
Joel S. Levine, FACP, Denver
David C. Dale, FACP, Seattle

New Regents
The following individuals were elected for a first term, which will expire in 2007:

Virginia U. Collier, FACP, Newark, Del.
Robert G. Luke, MACP, Cincinnati
Lawrence G. Smith, FACP, New York


New ACP catalog now available

ACP members can now find the full array of College resources and services in one location: the new 2004 ACP Resources for Internists catalog. The comprehensive, full-color 40-page catalog describes member benefits, new publications, CME offerings, practice management materials and more.

For a copy of the catalog, contact ACP Customer Service at 800-523-1546, ext. 2600. The catalog may also be found online.


ACP and ABIM launch pilot CME project for Practice Improvement Modules

Internists who complete (or have completed) a Practice Improvement Module from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) can now receive 20 Category 1 CME credits and credit toward maintenance of certification through a joint pilot project being launched by the College, ABIM and the AMA.

The project is sponsored by the AMA, which will issue credits directly during the pilot. If the project is successful, ACP will be approved to issue CME credit for Practice Improvement Module completion. The pilot focuses on new ways of offering CME credit, particularly for activities related to quality improvement and practice performance.

Practice Improvement Modules are a new, elective option developed by ABIM as part of its Continuous Professional Development program. These computer-based tools guide physicians through a confidential review of the care they provide to their patients with a specific disease or condition.

Current modules focus on preventive cardiology, diabetes and asthma. Additional modules under development include heart failure, hypertension, general prevention, care of the elderly and care of patients with acute myocardial infarction. Each module leads physicians through a review of current clinical practice guidelines and their own practice patterns.

For additional information about ABIM's Practice Improvement Modules, go online or e-mail


New ACP Medicine reference text released

Internists now have access to an ACP-approved, comprehensive internal medicine reference. ACP Medicine, developed from WebMD® Scientific American® Medicine, is a high-quality, current reference written specifically for practicing physicians.

ACP Medicine helps clinicians problem-solve challenging cases and obtain background information about complex conditions. Sections on epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment are designed to meet high standards of daily practice and patient care. ACP Medicine's consistent organization and detailed illustrations make the information easily accessible.

ACP Medicine is available in CD-ROM format, on the Web or as a printed volume. Purchasers can choose to receive monthly, quarterly or yearly updates. Through March 31, 2004, ACP members can save $50 on any item ordered through the ACP Medicine Web site or by calling 800-545-0554.


Need help recertifying?

ACP is now offering College members free online help finding answers to questions in the five general internal medicine recertification modules from the American Board of Internal Medicine.

The College has done the preliminary screening to find materials directly related to each question, offering access to many College resources that members may not have on hand.

While the materials help members identify resources, they don't just spell out the answers. Instead, each link will take members to an appropriate Annals article, for instance, or a section of a PIER module.

That should make the links more educational, while dramatically cutting the time members have to spend finding resources to answer questions for recertification.

The new resource is online. (You need a user name and password for ACP Online to access the materials.)


What's new in PIER

The Physicians' Information and Education Resource (PIER)—ACP's point-of-care, Web-based decision-support tool—now contains more than 280 modules. The modules provide guidance and information on more than 200 diseases and conditions. PIER modules are online.

The following PIER modules have recently been added:

  • Anthrax
  • Back Pain (Complementary/Alternative Medicine)
  • Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Diabetes in Pregnancy
  • Mitral Stenosis
  • Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
  • Papanicolaou Smear
  • Pemphigus Vulgaris
  • Prevention of Unintended Pregnancy
  • Pulmonary-Renal Syndrome
  • Renal Cell Carcinoma
  • Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Uterine Fibroids
  • West Nile Virus Disease


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