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

Chapters present Laureate Awards, others

ACP chapters this fall presented Laureate Awards to 33 internists, as well as awards to chapter members for their service in volunteerism, teaching and political advocacy.

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

The following individuals received awards:

Arkansas
Joe K. Bissett, ACP Member, Laureate Award

Brazil
Leopoldo Santos-Neto, FACP, Laureate Award

Connecticut
Margaret J. Bia, FACP, Thornton Award
Joseph P. Cleary, FACP, Thornton Award
Serle M. Epstein, FACP, Volunteerism & Community Service Award
Thomas J. Lane, FACP, Laureate Award
Robert J. Nardino, FACP, Laureate Award
Arthur D. Wolf, ACP Member, Volunteerism & Community Service Award

District of Columbia
David G. Borenstein, FACP, Laureate Award
Sharyn S. Horwitz, FACP, Leadership Award

Florida
William H. Brandon, FACP, Charles Donegan Award for Volunteerism
Linda R. Edwards, FACP, Internist of the Year Award
Laurence B. Gardner, FACP, Laureate Award
Lisa J. Granville, FACP, Outstanding Teacher Award
Stuart B. Himmelstein, FACP, Chapter Service Award
N. H. Tucker III, FACP, Key Contact Award
Frederick E. Turton, FACP, Laureate Award
Michael A. Zimmer, FACP, Internist of the Year Award

Illinois
Warrren W. Furey, MACP, Laureate Award
Lawrence P. Jennings, FACP, Laureate Award
Melvin Lopata, FACP, Laureate Award

Kentucky
John S. Thompson, FACP, Laureate Award

Maine
Douglas G. Couper, FACP, Laureate Award
Samantha Timmons, ACP Member, Volunteerism & Community Service

Michigan
Neil A. Basmaji, FACP, Laureate Award
Laura A. Carravallah, ACP Member, Governor's Award
Melanie G. Hanna-Johnson, MACP, Governor's Award
Raymond H. Murray, MACP, Lifetime Achievement Award
Mohamed S. Siddique, FACP, Laureate Award
Robert C. Smith, FACP, Laureate Award

Minnesota
Richard F. Adair, FACP, Laureate Award

Missouri
Sarah A. Aydt, FACP, Laureate Award
John D. Bentley, ACP Member, Volunteerism & Community Service Award
Richard E. Butin, ACP Member, Volunteerism & Community Service Award
Donald C. Gerhardt, FACP, Laureate Award
R. Jan Swaney, FACP, Volunteerism & Community Service Award
Richard B. Whiting, MACP, Volunteerism & Community Service Award

Montana
Robert A. Kreisberg, MACP, Laureate Award

Nebraska
Theresa A. Townley, ACP Member, Volunteerism & Community Service Award

New Mexico
Ralph C. Williams Jr., FACP, Laureate Award

New York Upstate
Donald R. Bordley, FACP, Laureate Award
James H. Puleo, FACP, Laureate Award
Alwin F. Steinmann, FACP, Laureate Award

Ohio
Lawrence M. Pass, FACP, Laureate Award
James S. Tan, MACP, Master Teacher Award

Ontario
S. George Carruthers, FACP, Laureate Award

Rhode Island
J. Russell Corcoran, FACP, Governor's Award

South Carolina
Forrest Kay Huntington, FACP, Laureate Award

South Dakota
Loren K. Tschetter, FACP, Laureate Award

U.S. Navy
Michael F. Fornes, FACP, Laureate Award

Virginia
Paul A. Dallas, FACP, Laureate Award
Jeffrey P. Harris, FACP, Laureate Award

Washington
James F. Wallace, MACP, Laureate Award

West Virginia
Alvin H. Moss, FACP, Laureate Award

Wyoming
Darryl D. Bindschadler, FACP, Laureate Award
Seymour Thickman, ACP Member, Volunteerism & Community Service Award

Capitol Hill conference puts spotlight on student debt

A recent Washington conference addressed the growing problem of medical school debt and how that debt affects medical students' career choices and the diversity of the physician workforce.

The Capitol Hill conference was sponsored by ACP, as well as by the American Medical Student Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges. The summit brought together medical school financial advisers and lenders, Congressional officials and medical students. Kerry Donegan, Chair of ACP's Council of Student Members, was a featured conference speaker.

Conference presenters said that students graduating from public medical schools have as much as $100,000 in debt, while those attending private schools rack up as much as $135,000. More than 25% of medical school graduates report debt in excess of $150,000.

Attendees discussed how debt affects students' career choices, including reduced interest among U.S. medical students in general internal medicine. One solution proposed at the conference is to increase the number of service programs tied to loan forgiveness. A coalition of summit organizers will continue to map out debt solutions.

New heart disease DVD, guidebook free to members

This month, ACP is launching a major media campaign to educate Latino patients about heart health and cardiovascular disease.

Kicking off in Miami, the campaign will also target television and print media in Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Antonio and San Francisco. The campaign will feature ACP's newest patient education video and guidebook, "Guide to a Healthy Heart for Latinos," which are now available free to ACP members.

The 30-minute DVD is designed to show patients how to manage their blood pressure, cholesterol and weight. It also includes tips on healthy eating, active living, the importance of smoking cessation and diabetes' role in heart disease.

Members can order the DVD—which has both an English and Spanish soundtrack—and guidebook by contacting ACP Customer Service at 800-523-1546, ext. 2600, or ordering online.

College launches Medicare Rx resource

ACP has launched a Web site dedicated to providing information on the Medicare prescription drug benefit (Part D) that takes effect Jan. 1, 2006. The site has been posted by ACP's Practice Management Center and contains downloadable educational material, links and fact sheets.

Part D enrollment for beneficiaries begins later this month.

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