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From the April ACP Observer, copyright © 2006 by the American College of Physicians.

College's first Latin America Update draws international crowd of internists

More than 1,550 physicians attended the College's first International Update held in Mexico City earlier this year, the first of what will become a major annual event for internal medicine.

The two-day program featured updates on the diagnosis and treatment of a range of chronic conditions and acute illnesses seen both here in the U.S. and throughout Latin America. The focused sessions, each limited to 20 minutes, were presented at the Hotel Sheraton Centro Historico, while a simultaneous audiovisual broadcast went out to 450 of the attendees stationed at seven remote locations throughout Mexico City.

Twenty expert faculty from the United States and Latin America presented updates geared to physicians treating Hispanic patients. Lectures focused on diabetes, acute coronary syndrome, hypertension, dyslipidemia and hepatitis, among other topics. Attendees also heard the latest findings on diagnosing and treating potentially fatal infectious diseases, such as HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

Updates included presentations in endocrinology, cardiology, rheumatology, gastroenterology, infectious diseases, pulmonary diseases, geriatrics, psychiatric medicine and nephrology. ACP collaborated with the Mexico-based CME provider LiveMed Institute to develop the program, which was offered in both English and Spanish.

While shorter than ACP's Annual Session, the program borrowed some of its most popular features, including disease updates and Clinical Pearls. Jeffrey Glassroth, MACP, vice dean of academic and clinical affairs at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and Scientific Chair of Annual Session 2005, co-chaired the International Update's Planning Committee. His co-chair was Jose Halabe Cherem, FACP, professor of medicine at Centro Medico Nacional Siglo XXI in Mexico City and Governor for ACP's Mexico Chapter.

Next year's ACP International Update will be held in Mexico City on March 9-10.

ACP chapters present awards

ACP chapters this winter presented 14 different Laureate Awards, as well as awards to others for their service in volunteerism, teaching and political advocacy.

Chapter awards honor ACP Masters, Fellows, Members and others 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 community and to the College.

The following individuals received awards:

Air Force
Theodore M. Freeman, FACP, Laureate Award

Central America
Rigoberto Samaniego, MD, Volunteerism and Community Service

Colorado
Lawrence E. Feinberg, FACP, Laureate Award

Delaware
Stephen R. Permut, FACP, Laureate Award

Georgia
Robert J. Di Benedetto, FACP, Laureate Award
John Timothy Cope, ACP Member, Community Teaching Award
R. Kirby Godsey, PhD, Chapter Leadership Award
John A. Hudson, FACP, J. Wills Hurst Teaching Award
Richard D. Levere, MACP, Community Service Award

Hawaii
Edwin C. Cadman, FACP, Laureate Award

Iowa
Richard F. LeBlond, FACP, Laureate Award
Robert F. Weis, FACP, Laureate Award
James A. Clifton, MACP, Volunteerism and Community Service

Maryland
Joan M. Bathon, MD, Stevens Award for Clinical Research
David S. Cooper, FACP, Asper Award for Excellence in Internal Medicine
Donald E. Wilson, MACP, Woodward Award for Medical Education

New Jersey
James D. Brody, FACP, Laureate Award

New York Downstate
Douglas L. Brand, FACP, Laureate Award
Barry S. Coller, MACP, Laureate Award
Michael W. Jacobson, FACP, Laureate Award
Steven Walerstein, FACP, Laureate Award

North Carolina
Janelle A. Rhyne, FACP, Laureate Award
Ryan J. Mattison, ACP Associate Member, Volunteerism and Community Service

Puerto Rico
Francisco M. Joglar, FACP, Laureate Award

Physicians can tailor their own diabetes CME program

Physicians can now access a new CME program designed to help them improve their ability to manage diabetes. The program, developed by the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), focuses on several essential areas of diabetes care.

Called BetterDiabetesCare, the new program allows physicians to choose among several different diabetes care delivery issues and determine which aspects of diabetes management to focus on. Options include:

  • how to create a patient-centered management team;
  • how to manage patient records and reports; and
  • how to evaluate patient outcomes and make informed decisions about quality improvement.

The online program provides current peer-reviewed literature and evidence-based practice recommendations. It also includes models, links, resources and other tools to help physicians assess their diabetes management needs, develop and implement strategies, and evaluate results. The College is a NDEP partner.

By documenting the process—and paying a nominal fee of $10—participating physicians can receive up to 10 hours of CME credits per year.

The new program is online. Information about the NDEP is also online.

New College guide helps with waived lab testing

ACP's Practice Management Center (PMC) has just released a new comprehensive how-to guide for physicians performing waived tests in their practice.

The free publication, "Waived Testing—Doing it Right," provides guidance to practices to help them comply with key quality control recommendations. Recent surveys show big gaps in compliance. According to recent CMS data, for example, 21% of facilities performing waived testing do not perform the quality control required by manufacturers, 12% do not report testing results correctly and 6% are using expired reagents.

The new PMC guide is based on recent CDC recommendations designed to improve those quality statistics. It details what is required in waived testing facilities and suggests how to meet those requirements and establish good laboratory practices. According to the guide, a well-designed quality system should take personnel less than two minutes a day to maintain and will reap major benefits for physicians and patients in assurance of accurate testing.

ACP members can download a free copy of "Waived Testing—Doing It Right" online.

For questions about regulation compliance and accreditation requirements for physician office labs, contact ACP's Medical Lab Evaluation.

New MKSAP for Students 3 offers clerkship help

ACP's popular MKSAP for Students is now available in a new third edition that includes a fully searchable CD-ROM. This new edition has been produced in collaboration with the Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine (CDIM).

MKSAP for Students 3 includes more than 400 patient-centered self-assessment questions and answers. Designed for medical students on their clerkship rotation, the questions provide a focused, concise review of important internal medicine information. Questions cover the content included in the 33 "Training Problem" categories from the "Core Medicine Clerkship Curriculum Guide," a publication of the CDIM and the Society of General Internal Medicine that defines competencies, knowledge, attitudes and skills that medical students are expected to master by the end of their clerkship.

The accompanying CD-ROM includes all 408 patient-centered self-assessment questions with complete answers and critiques of all correct and incorrect responses, and complete references, linked directly to PubMed. It automatically tracks progress, assesses areas for further focus, and enables both category-based and random question ordering.

The package, which includes the CD-ROM and a 240-page book, is available to ACP Student Members for $30.00 plus shipping. (Non-member students pay $44.50.)

For more information or to order, please go online or contact ACP Customer Service at 800-523-1546, ext. 2600, or 215-351-2600 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., ET). Product code: 190350010.

Non-member medical students can qualify for the discounted rate by registering to become ACP Student Members.

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