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

MKSAP now offers money back on ABIM exam results

MKSAP is now extending a money-back guarantee to physicians who complete the latest version of the College's MKSAP self-assessment program and take the ABIM certification or recertification exam.

Internists and residents who subscribe to and complete MKSAP 13 will receive a complete refund of the MKSAP purchase price, no questions asked, if they do not pass their ABIM exam. (A copy of the letter from ABIM confirming exam results is required.)

MKSAP 13 is one of internal medicine's most popular tools for ABIM exam preparation available today. It uses a variety of educational formats to strengthen users' knowledge and reinforce areas that need more study. The course uses summary key points and up-to-the-minute case studies, and has 1,000 Board-like multiple-choice questions with answers, critiques and references.

MKSAP 13 is available in print, on CD-ROM or as a combination package. More information is available online.


ACP expands content integration of College resources

Members now have seamless access to a wide range of College resources, as ACP broadens content integration of its journals and electronic products.

Physicians who use PIER (Physicians' Information and Education Resource), the College's electronic evidence-based clinical decision-support tool, can now access full text of the most recent Annals of Internal Medicine and ACP Journal Club articles through specially marked links in the "What's New" section of specific PIER modules.

You can find an example in the PIER chronic stable angina module. Links to College resources in PIER modules will eventually move to the "Additional Resources" section of each module, providing easy access to key College content., the online version of Annals of Internal Medicine, has also added direct links to content from PIER and ACP Journal Club to its interface. Relevant ACP content will now be found in the "Related ACP Content" link in the "Articles" section of the menu bar. An example can be found in the recent Annals article, "Malaria-Related Deaths Among U.S. Travelers, 1963-2001."


ACP creates new affiliate membership class for allied professionals

For the first time, the College is creating a new class of membership that will be offered to certain non-physician health care professionals.

An invitation to become an ACP Affiliate has gone out to fellow members of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the only national organization that represents physician assistants in all medical and surgical specialties.

The creation of the new affiliate class was approved by the Board of Regents at its meeting in July. Having physician assistants as affiliate College members "is a milestone," said ACP Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer John Tooker, FACP, MBA, in a College press release. It is the first time in ACP's 89-year history that the College is offering membership to non-physicians.

The new ACP Affiliate members will have online access to Annals of Internal Medicine online, as well as to ACP Journal Club. They also will have access to PIER (Physicians' Information and Education Resource), the College's point-of-care decision support tool.

Other benefits of affiliate membership will include access to ACP Online, as well as to ACP's Practice Management Center; discounts on College programs, publications and services; and continuing medical education programs at member prices.

More information about the new membership class is online.


College resolutions for spring 2005 Governors meeting are due Dec. 13

The deadline for submitting new resolutions to be heard at the April 2005 Board of Governors Meeting is Monday, Dec. 13.

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

In accordance with the ACP resolution process, 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 ... ." If more than one action is proposed, each 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 become policy, are accepted as reaffirmation of current policy or are forwarded to College committees for study or implementation.

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

Please contact your Governor with any questions about the resolutions process or how to format a resolution.


Course to help internists diagnose problem drinking

The College has joined with the Boston University School of Medicine to offer an alcohol clinical training (ACT) course immediately before next year's Annual Session in San Francisco.

The ACT course, slated for April 13, 2005, is a "train the trainers" session designed for internists who teach medical students, residents and other providers. The course will demonstrate a new Web-based alcohol screening and brief intervention curriculum aimed at helping physicians recognize and treat patients with alcohol problems.

The course will use slides, case-based videos and skills practice, with an emphasis on cross-cultural communication in the primary care setting. Scholarships and CME credits are provided.

More information is online.


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