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ACP honors chapter efforts with new Evergreen Awards

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

PHILADELPHIA—At this year’s Annual Session, ACP presented fifteen Evergreen Awards to honor College chapter efforts to strengthen the chapter and increase member involvement. Here is a look at the award categories:

Advocacy

The Connecticut Chapter was selected for its Legislator of the Year Award, to recognize state and federal legislators who promote health policy issues aligned with ACP policy.

The New York Chapter won for designing a confidential Web-based reporting system to track near-miss events and then analyzing the data to promote quality improvement efforts.

Associates/Young Physicians

The Louisiana Chapter received an Evergreen for collaborating with the Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society to publish Associate abstracts presented at the chapter's Annual Meeting.

The Puerto Rico Chapter successfully hosted a number of local Associate meetings to help senior ACP members connect with Associate Members.

Community service/volunteerism

The Ohio Chapter was honored for efforts to improve community health through outreach programs. The chapter helped Associate and Medical Student Members help in fundraising activities for the American Red Cross and the Ohio Association of Free Clinics.

Education/communication

The Arizona Chapter won an Evergreen for hosting two ABIM self-evaluation process module sessions in a one-day pre-course before its Annual Meeting. The pre-course attracted members and nonmembers from around the country.

The Florida Chapter was honored for a program entitled “What Works in Your Office," with members sharing strategies to improve office efficiency.

A second Florida program was recognized for creating a simple mechanism for the chapter to distribute information and collect feedback from members on resolutions going to ACP's Board of Governors.

International

In this new Evergreen category, the Atlantic Provinces Chapter received two awards for developing an annual grand rounds speaker program that raised the profile of the College among Canadian internists, and for creating programs for Associate and Medical Student Members that promoted the College and internal medicine careers.

The Chile Chapter planned colloquiums for medical students to foster careers in internal medicine and to provide mentoring opportunities.

Medical students

The Puerto Rico Chapter was honored for an initiative that stimulated medical students’ interest in internal medicine with educational opportunities including scientific lectures, journal clubs and medical "Jeopardy." Those helped increase the number of applicants applying to various training programs.

Membership recruitment and diversity

The Maryland Chapter created a Women In Medicine Subcommittee that organized a program on contract negotiations for women physicians. The New York Chapter personally contacted unpaid members to emphasize the benefits of College membership. And the Tennessee Chapter also contacted chapter members personally to encourage continuing membership and advancement to Fellowship.

The 2006 Evergreen Award winnders, recognized for outreach and advocacy initiatives.

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Time to pay your chapter dues

When you receive your national ACP dues notice, remember to include chapter dues in your payment.

Chapter dues provide the primary support for local initiatives and are vital to the success of your chapter. Activities supported by chapter dues include educational meetings, mentoring programs for medical students, local Associates’ research competitions, and advocacy with state legislators and chapter leaders’ participation in Leadership Day. Chapter dues also help offset the cost of local support staff and provide funding for new and existing chapter initiatives.

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