American College of Physicians: Internal Medicine — Doctors for Adults ®


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

Chapters present 17 Laureate Awards

ACP chapters this fall presented Laureate Awards to 17 internists, as well as awards to chapter members for their service in volunteerism, teaching and political advocacy.

Laureate Awards honor College Masters, Fellows and Members who have demonstrated by their example and conduct an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education, research, and provided service to their communities and the College.

The following individuals received the awards:


Lawrence J. Shapiro, MD, Laureate Award

Oscar S. Gluck, FACP, Volunteerism & Community Service Award (posthumously)


O. Joseph Bizzozero Jr., FACP, Laureate Award

Scott A. Wolf, FACP, Volunteerism & Community Service Award

Stephen J. Huot, ACP Member, Volunteerism & Community Service Award


James E. McGuigan, MACP, Laureate Award

Jose L. Lezama Jr., ACP Member, Outstanding Teacher Award

Stuart B. Himmelstein, FACP, Internist of the Year Award

Glenn R. Singer, FACP, Community Based Teach er Award

Michelle L. Rossi, ACP Member, Public Service Award/Key Contact Award


Joseph L. Kyner, FACP, Laureate Award

Robert W. Weber, FACP, Manlon H. Delp Award


James W. Holsinger Jr., MACP, PhD, Laureate Award


Daniel A. Morgenstern, FACP, Laureate Award


Daniel M. Goodenberger, FACP, Laureate Award


John J. Cannella, FACP, Laureate Award

William M. Vosik, FACP, Dedicated Teacher Award

Harry J. Jenkins Jr., MD, Volunteerism & Community Service Award

Joseph H. Sisson, MD, Walter J. O'Donohue Jr. Memorial Award


Robert Luke, MACP, Laureate Award

Brian Hoogwerf, FACP, Laureate Award


Francis W. Gluck Jr., FACP, Laureate Award

South Carolina

David W. Potts, FACP, Laureate Award

South Dakota

Benjamin J Henderson, FACP, Laureate Award


David W. Gregory, FACP, Volunteerism & Community Service Award

U.S. Navy

W. Victor R. Vieweg, FACP, Laureate Award


Colin K. Grissom, ACP Member, Volunteerism & Community Service Award


Rafael E. Vargas-Arenas, ACP Member, Laureate Award

Maria Ines Marulanda, FACP, Volunteerism & Community Service Award


Leon P. Georges, FACP, Laureate Award

Robert M. Carey, MACP, Laureate Award

ACP launches "Recruit-a-Colleague" program

ACP members can now earn dues credits by recruiting nonmember colleagues to become full ACP members.

Members will receive a $100 credit for referring one member and an additional $100 credit for two. If they recruit three or more colleagues, they will have their next year's dues payment waived. (Total credits cannot exceed member dues.)

The current "Recruit-a-Colleague" program runs until March 1, 2005. For every colleague they refer within this promotional period, members will receive a chance to win a trip to Annual Session 2006, including registration, airfare and four days of hotel accommodations.

To be considered a "recruited" member, your colleague must meet the following:

  • Be a nonmember (or former member) eligible for full ACP membership. Associate or medical student members do not qualify.

  • Submit a membership application, along with his or her national annual dues payment, between now and March 1, 2005.

  • Include your name in the recruiter box at the top of the membership application.

Complete details of the program are online.

You can use the same site to send a personalized recruitment e-mail to a colleague, or to download and print a membership application to personally deliver.

Membership inquiry kits are also available from ACP Customer Service at 800-523-1546, ext. 2600 (9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET).

New College brochures educate patients on heartburn and cholesterol

ACP members can now order the two newest brochures in ACP's popular "Special Report" series of free patient education titles.

"Managing Your Cholesterol," developed in cooperation with the American Heart Association, educates patients about cholesterol, details high-cholesterol risk factors, and gives suggestions for controlling high cholesterol with diet and medications.

"Understanding and Treating Heart burn" helps patients understand heartburn symptoms, common food triggers, and the difference between episodic heartburn, frequent heartburn and heart attack. Readers also learn about treatment options, including diet, lifestyle changes and medication.

All ACP Special Reports are available for free download. ACP members can also order free packs of 100 brochures online.

Free patient education videos benefit minority groups

ACP has released four free patient education videos to help patients understand and deal with a wide range of health issues. The 30-minute videos and accompanying guidebooks, which target Hispanic Americans and African Americans, can be used in the office or given to patients to take home.

The newest video in the series, "Celebrating Life: A Guide to Depression for African Americans," explains warning signs and types of depression as well as treatment options. The video also offers suggestions on how to help a friend or relative who may show signs of depression.

"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.

"Diabetes Prevention and Control: A Guide for Hispanic-Americans" provides information and advice about preventing and treating diabetes. The video and guidebook are available in both Spanish and English editions.

And "Living with Diabetes: A Guide for African Americans," helps patients deal with the serious health problems facing African Americans with diabetes. The video provides tips on preventing serious complications and offers suggestions for healthy eating, exercise and weight management.

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

More information, including product order numbers, is online. To order videos, call ACP Customer Service at 800-523-1546, ext. 2600, or 215-351-2600.

ACP creates site for recertification resources

ACP Online now features a collection of information and resources on maintenance of certification.

The site provides links to ACP tools that can help physicians with the recertification process, as well as to information on the current process and its evolution and progress reports on discussions between the College and the American Board of Internal Medicine. Other College resources and a list of ACP Observer articles are also featured.

Members can access the information online.

ACP posts revitalization information online

Information about ACP's efforts to revitalize internal medicine is now available in one location on ACP Online.

Members can now read about ACP's national "Revitalization of Internal Medicine" initiative that addresses challenges in the health care environment that affect patient care and compromise the future of primary care. Initiative information grew out of the revitalization summit hosted last year by the College and ACP's collaboration with the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, the Society of General Internal Medicine, the Society of Hospital Medicine, the Council of Subspecialty Societies, the American Board of Internal Medicine and other organizations.

The site includes reports on activities and policies related to four revitalization themes, which include repairing the dysfunctional payment system; redesigning medical practice to reduce hassles and improve quality; defining and articulating the value of internal medicine; and educating and training future internal medicine practitioners. Initiative proposals cover medical students, residents, young physicians, internists practicing in hospitals and office settings, general internists and internal medicine subspecialists.

Read more about the ACP revitalization initiative online.


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