At this year's Internal Medicine Meeting, ACP presented fifteen Evergreen Awards to honor Chapters that created new programs that strengthened the chapter and increased member communication and involvement.
The College recognized one chapter for their program devoted to Advocacy. The New York Chapter developed a Medical Student elective to provide students with hands-on experience understanding political advocacy within a professional medical organization.
Three chapters were awarded for their efforts to enhance Associates and Young Physicians membership in the College. The Connecticut and South Carolina Chapters received an Evergreen Award for the creation of a local Associates Chapter and Council which provided both chapters with a forum for residents to present innovative ideas to their peers and execute projects. The New Mexico Chapter established an alliance with the local residency program that helped increase Associate membership and increase local and national ACP leadership opportunities.
In the Education and Communication category, the College recognized four chapters. The Central America Chapter was selected for launching a campaign to promote patient safety and prevent medical errors in five different cities in Panama. The Delaware Chapter formed the Parag Bakshi Award which offered residents the opportunity to travel to underserved countries and familiarize themselves with the system of medical practice in those countries. The Maryland Chapter was honored for developing a creative women workshop titled "Taking Care of Yourself." The New York Chapter was awarded for employing innovative communication and education strategies to inform and teach their members.
One chapter was honored in the Innovations in Chapter Management category for their efforts to improve their outreach to chapter members. The Indiana Chapter created a number of listservs to enhance communication among their local councils and the chapter membership.
Three chapters were awarded with an Evergreen in the International category for programs that cultivated the value of ACP among chapter members and nonmembers. The Central America Chapter was acknowledged again for their unique seminars which educated patients in the community about the health of the elderly. The Japan Chapter received an award for the formation of a Publication Committee and their work translating ACP's Observer Weekly. The Venezuela Chapter received an Evergreen for their continued efforts to demonstrate the importance of membership in the College.
There were two winners in the category of Medical Students. The California Southern III Region was selected for an initiative that stimulated medical students' interest in internal medicine by educating those students about the practice of internal medicine. The Ohio Chapter was recognized for development of a successful medical student summit held during their annual chapter meeting.
One chapter received an Evergreen Award in the category of Membership Recruitment and Diversity. The Missouri Chapter was acknowledged for their many efforts to educate members and nonmembers about the rewards of being a member of the College, specifically reaching out to hospitalists, women physicians, residents, program directors, and medical students in the chapter.
The 2007 Evergreen Award winners
When you receive your 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 your 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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