College's Evergreen Awards recognize chapter efforts
NEW ORLEANS—The College gave 12 chapters Evergreen Awards at Annual Session to honor efforts to strengthen chapter membership. Here is a list of the winners and a brief description of their efforts.
Representatives from 12 ACP chapters accepted Evergreen Awards at Annual Session. The awards honor chapter efforts that ranged from grassroots lobbying to increasing student membership.
Using a grassroots lobbying software process, the Florida Chapter created an interactive system that allowed the chapter to quickly communicate information to its members. The system also allowed members to easily communicate chapter positions to legislators.
The chapter's goal was to create a multifaceted grassroots action tool to get members involved in the lobbying process and to target "swing vote" legislative committee members. The software program also matched members to their state and national legislators.
As a result, the chapter saw almost 10,000 individual contacts with legislators and more advocacy participation by members.
The Ohio Chapter has been improving its state and national advocacy efforts through a determined Health and Public Policy Committee. Committee members have increased their contacts with state and national legislators, resulting in better ongoing relations.
The chapter has increased its involvement in Ohio Physician Legislative Day and, on a national level, in ACP's Leadership Day. The chapter also increased its number of Key Contacts by 20%.
The Arizona Chapter launched its Opportunities for Arizona Trainees (OAT) program to help stimulate interest among residents and medical students in internal medicine as a career path and in ACP as an organization. Chapter members developed an Associates' Council and established an Associates' track at their annual meeting.
The chapter also conducted a comprehensive survey of resident physicians, which showed that 50% of Arizona trainees intend to pursue a career in subspecialty medicine. The chapter Governor made presentations at two osteopathic medical schools in the state, with medical student membership increasing by 78%.
The Associates' program in the Connecticut Chapter has stimulated interest in scholarly activities and clinical research, created a networking forum, motivated physicians to become active members of the College and, most importantly, developed a communication infrastructure among the state's 12 training programs. The chapter selected an Associate advisor to serve as a contact for all College issues. The advisor developed several educational forums, including career workshops and Associate activities at the chapter's annual meeting.
California Southern II
For the past five years, the California Southern II Chapter has been offering internal medicine update and review courses. The courses enhance physicians' knowledge in internal medicine and prepare them for the American Board of Internal Medicine's certifying or recertifying exam, and the Internal Medicine In-Training Examination.
In 2003, the course was offered free to all attendees through chapter and industry support at the Loma Linda VA Hospital. The course was attended by 72 residents, fellows, students and allied health professionals.
The Oklahoma Chapter developed a workshop to provide interactive instruction on how to answer clinical questions by using electronic databases and online resources. Skilled facilitators, including an internist and an expert in electronic search strategies, presented the workshop at a chapter meeting. The close to 50 attendees had little or no previous training in using electronic resources to answer clinical questions.
The Alaska Chapter has sponsored a first-year student mentoring dinner for the past three years, which has become an integral part of chapter activities. The Alaska medical student class consists of 10 students who do their first year of medical training in Anchorage and subsequent years at the University of Washington School of Medicine. During their first months of training, the chapter takes the students out to dinner with an equal number of members from the community. Members encourage students to join the College and offer a stipend to allow students to attend Annual Session. As a result, the chapter has greatly increased student membership and established a foundation for mentoring relationships.
The New York Chapter formed a medical students committee that included Fellows of the College as well as students. The committee planned a medical student luncheon panel that focused on a variety of career options in internal medicine.
The committee also planned a residency forum as a multischool, freestanding event. As a result, the chapter has increased the number of both its student abstract submissions and student memberships.
The U.S. Navy Chapter has for several years focused on the needs and education of medical students at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Through a series of programs, the chapter has successfully educated students about career opportunities in internal medicine. Sponsored activities included the formation of Club Med meetings, a students' morning report, a "Shadow an Internist" program, monthly workshops and an Associates' banquet with subspecialty speakers.
For the last three years, the Wyoming Chapter has hosted first-year Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI) medical students at its annual chapter meeting. The meeting is the students' first experience with clinical medicine. Speakers detail the rewards of an internal medicine career as well as of College membership.
In 2003, the Louisiana Chapter held a mentoring breakfast as part of the combined Louisiana/Mississippi chapter meeting. The breakfast was designed to welcome women and minority members of the College, as well as prospective members. It also showcased internal medicine as a vibrant career choice for younger members.
The Nebraska Chapter implemented a number of improvements to its chapter meeting to reverse declining attendance. The meeting was expanded from a one-day symposium, traditionally held on a Friday, to a one-and-a-half-day program beginning on Thursday afternoon.
Chapter members also enhanced the quality of the scientific session by adding interactive clinical practicum sessions, expanding the poster competition for Associates and students, and identifying a keynote speaker who would appeal to all attendees. As a result, meeting attendance rose nearly three-fold.
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