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From the April ACP Observer, copyright 2005 by the American College of Physicians.

College will offer online dues payment

This spring, ACP members will be able to use the ACP Online home page to pay their College dues online.

Watch for an e-mail alert that will be sent out in early May, saying that College dues are now due. Members who want to pay their dues online will be directed to the College home page, where they will be able to click on a "Pay Membership Dues" link. Members will have to provide their member ID number and a credit card number to pay via ACP Online.

All College members will still receive print bills for the upcoming year and can fax credit card information for payment, or pay by phone by calling Customer Service.

You can e-mail questions or contact ACP Customer Services at 800-523-1546, ext. 2600 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET).

What's new in PIER

PIER—ACP's point-of-care, Web-based decision-support tool—now contains 360 modules that provide guidance and information on more than 265 diseases and conditions. PIER modules also contain information on ethical and legal issues, complementary and alternative medicine, and screening and prevention and procedures. PIER modules are online.

  • Alpha-1 antitrypsin
  • Calcium phosphate deposition disease and pseudogout
  • Cystoscopy
  • Determining decision-making capacity
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Infectious mononucleosis
  • Kawasaki disease
  • Perioperative assessment of bleeding disorders
  • Perioperative evaluation of patients with liver disease
  • Perioperative stroke
  • Preparticipation sports physical
  • Rosacea
  • Screening for dementia
  • Sepsis
  • Vitamins (complementary and alternative medicine)
  • von Willebrand disease

ACP Expert Guides series features new rheumatology book

"Rheumatology," the latest addition to ACP's Expert Guides series, provides an accessible reference to state-of-the-art rheumatology practice for internists and subspecialists. The book highlights clinical aspects of rheumatology and gives special emphasis to current concepts of etiology and pathogenesis pertinent to practical patient management.

The book provides a discussion of the general clinical approach to inflammation as well as a description of major disorders in several groupings: erosive inflammatory arthropathies, collagen vascular disease, vasculitides, infections and degenerative disease. Two final sections consider common symptoms and comorbidities and summarize the latest findings in the pharmacological treatment of inflammatory rheumatic disease.

The book emphasizes practical approaches to diagnosis and management, with many tables and figures illustrating the text. Internists will also find case studies with examples commonly seen in the office setting.

The 512-page softcover book is available to members for $45. You can order it online or from ACP Customer Service at 800-523-1546, ext. 2600. Refer to product #330300440.

New ACP patient education brochures on heart failure and HIV/AIDS

College members can now order the two latest titles in ACP's popular "Special Report" series of free patient education brochures. The brochures are designed to be easily understood by patients with low literacy levels.

"Understanding and Living with Heart Failure," developed in cooperation with the American Heart Association, educates patients about the signs and causes of heart failure. The brochure also explains appropriate diagnostic tests and discusses treating heart failure with medications and lifestyle changes.

"HIV/AIDS: Preventing, Testing, Treating" helps patients understand HIV and how it attacks the human body. The brochure offers prevention tips and explains testing and diagnosis. Readers also learn about treatment options and receive a list of resources for more information.

Each brochure also clearly explains the role of the internist and includes the URL to the ACP Doctors for Adults Web site.

All nine ACP Special Reports are available for free download online. ACP members can also order printed copies of the brochures in packs of 100 at no charge.

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