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From the June ACP Observer, copyright 2003 by the American College of Physicians.

ACP seeks nominees for awards, Masterships

Nominations for College awards and Masterships are due by July 1.

Every year at Annual Session, the College presents 17 awards to distinguished individuals and organizations to recognize accomplishments in areas such as the practice of medicine, teaching, research, public service and volunteer service. ACP also presents a number of Masterships during the meeting.

Individuals may not nominate themselves. To be considered by ACP's Awards Committee, nominations for most awards and all Masterships must have at least five letters of nomination and support, as well as a current curriculum vitae.

The Awards Committee chooses nominees and presents nominations to the Board of Regents for final approval at its fall meeting. ACP will notify successful candidates by mail.

The College's "Awards and Mastership Booklet" contains criteria for the College's awards and Masterships, as well as specific instructions to write nominating and supporting letters. The booklet is also online.

For a copy of the booklet, contact Jean Elliott via e-mail or call him at 800-523-1546, ext. 2692.

Regents nominations due Aug. 1

As part of the College's ongoing effort to include members in the nominations process, the Nominations Committee is soliciting recommendations for new Regent positions that will become vacant in 2004. All nominations are due Aug. 1.

Nominees should demonstrate commitment to the College, dependability, leadership qualities and the ability to represent the College in diverse arenas. Letters of nomination should highlight these characteristics and specify the reasons a nominee is qualified for the position. Regent nominees must be College Fellows or Masters.

The Nominations Committee seeks nominees who reflect the diversity of the College's membership. It is particularly interested in receiving nominations of women and ethnic minorities, as well as international medical graduates, chairs of medicine and practicing physicians. Although few Regent vacancies are available each year, the Nominations Committee will carefully consider all nominations.

Potential Regent candidates must have one letter of nomination and one letter of support. (The nominator must identify the author of each letter.) Any additional letters in support of the candidate will be discarded.

Nominations for first-term Regents must contain a standard structured nominating proposal for each candidate that includes the following:

  • a brief description of his/her current activities;

  • special attributes the candidate would bring to the Board of Regents;

  • previous and current service in College-related activities;

  • service in organizations other than the College (medical and non-medical); and

  • a seconding letter.

A separate letter must be submitted for each nomination. Without the appropriate material, the nomination will not be advanced for review. Candidates must have new letters of nomination each year; old letters will be discarded.

Please send your confidential nominations to Nominations Committee, Attn: Patricia Carter, American College of Physicians, 190 N. Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1572. If you have any questions, please e-mail Mrs. Carter at or call 800-523-1546, ext. 2815, or 215-351-2815.

New publication puts the best of Annual Session in one book

Every year at Annual Session, thousands of internists attend ACP's popular "Update" sessions to learn about the latest advances in internal medicine. Now all members can access that body of knowledge through a new College product.

"Internal Medicine Updates-2003" contains the handouts distributed at most of this year's Update sessions. This 314-page softcover book also includes handouts from this year's Multiple Small Feedings of the Mind sessions, which are designed to answer perplexing clinical questions that internists commonly face.

"Internal Medicine Updates-2003" costs $27 ($30 for nonmembers). You can order a copy by calling ACP Customer Service at 800-523-1546, ext. 2600, or 215-351-2600 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., EDT). You can also order online. Refer to product code 330300130.

Starting a new practice? Revised handbook can help

The College's Young Physicians Subcommittee has updated its Young Physician Practice Management Survival Handbook, which provides advice on setting up and managing a practice.

The 30-page handbook covers issues like designing an office, using office technology, promoting a practice and hiring staff. Chapters also deal with financial topics such as billing and collections, fee schedules and coding.

The Young Physicians Subcommittee serves as an advisory committee to the College on national and local issues. It represents physicians who are under 40 or who have recently finished residency.

The booklet can be downloaded online. (Registration on ACP Online is required.)

To order a free print copy, contact LuzSelenia Salas at 800-523-1546, ext. 2714 or via e-mail.

Don't forget to pay chapter dues

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

Chapter dues provide the primary support for local initiatives and are vital to your chapter's success. They fund activities including educational meetings, mentoring programs for medical students, local Associates' research competitions and state advocacy efforts.

Chapter dues also help offset the cost of local support staff and provide funding for local outreach efforts.

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