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Benefits of ACP membership

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  • Hello and thank you for coming here today. My name is [name], I’m an internist and [general/subspecialist/type of practice] from [town/state]. Today I’m going to speak to you about how ACP has gained prominence on the national stage as the collective voice for internists, what we need to accomplish in order to extend our influence further and how it depends on growing our numbers, what ACP offers to you in resources and guidance, and our vision for the future. And most importantly, we’re here to listen to you and hear your concerns, so that we can address them at the Governor and Regent level.
  • ACP’s Research Center conducts extensive research each year on why members join ACP. Results reflect how our members value our various resources and benefits.
  • ACP’s Research Center conducts extensive research each year on why members join ACP. Results reflect how our members value our various resources and benefits.
  • ACP’s Research Center conducts extensive research each year on why members join ACP. Results reflect how our members value our various resources and benefits.
  • ACP’s Research Center conducts extensive research each year on why members join ACP. Results reflect how our members value our various resources and benefits.
  • Fellowship is an honor achieved by those recognized by their peers for personal integrity, superior competence in internal medicine, professional accomplishment, and demonstrated scholarship. It may be achieved by either advancement from Membership or by direct election. There are several ways to earn this distinction: through academic achievement, by being published; by earning multiple certifications or recertification, or by satisfactorily completing for score a MKSAP program; by active involvement in the College for more than five years; and by having had a distinguished career in internal medicine for many years. Questions about eligibility requirements should be directed to the ACP Member Records Section at 215.351.2700. or can be e-mailed to
  • ACP works to support members in professional competence. For example, this year, ACP introduced LEAD, the Leadership Enhancement and Development program, to encourage and guide younger members interested in leadership. The program is multi-faceted, helps to develop leadership skills, and features an online discussion group and CME courses offered at our annual meeting. Similarly, there are several mentoring resources and activities available to younger members including an online mentoring database, and mentoring events and social gatherings offered both at the Internal Medicine meeting and on a chapter level.
  • ACP represents the interests of internists on many levels. One way we support the profession is through our advocacy efforts, making sure we are included in the debate, and through participation in quality improvement measures and research programs. To help guide members on issues concerning ethics and professionalism, we offer an Ethics Manual, a physicians’ charter, case studies, books, and information on conferences and events. These materials are meant to encourage awareness within the profession and society about the principles and responsibilities of medical professionalism.
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    • 1. Fostering Excellence in Internal Medicine 2010-2011
    • 2. What is ACP?
      • Founded in 1915
      • Nation’s largest medical specialty society, with 130,000 total members
        • Organized into regional chapters that offer local pathways for leadership, networking, and involvement
          • To learn more about your local chapter, visit
      • Mission
        • To enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine
    • 3. ACP Membership Categories
      • Medical Student Member
        • Students in schools recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) and included in the International Medical Education Directory (IMED)
      • Associate
        • Internal medicine residents and subspecialty fellows-in-training
      • Member
        • Internists and internal medicine subspecialists who meet ACP credentialing standards
      • Fellow
        • Internists with notable accomplishments recognized by their peers
    • 4. Recruit-a-Resident Program
      • Enroll 90% or more of categorical internal medicine or medicine-pediatric residents and receive the following:
        • Doctor's Dilemma ™ game software . This product is based on the popular ACP Doctor’s Dilemma ™ competition from the annual Internal Medicine meeting. This fun game will test residents' knowledge in a variety of disciplines.
        • Handouts from Internal Medicine 2010 . These handouts include content from Internal Medicine 2010 sessions
      • Apply online:
      Associate dues are just $109/year!
    • 5. Why Members Join: Key Benefits
      • Current, evidence-based science at your fingertips:
      • Annals of Internal Medicine (Print and Online) : The most widely cited medical specialty journal in the world, Annals is free to ACP members. PLUS ... Annals’ monthly “In the Clinic” section offers evidence-based answers to frequently asked questions about screening, diagnosis and treatment of common clinical conditions.
    • 6. Why Members Join: Key Benefits
      • ACP Journal Club and ACP Journal Club PLUS (ACP Member Exclusive): Apply the latest studies to patient care quickly and easily! ACP’s Journal Club reviews articles from more than 130 medical journals and digests relevant studies into structured abstracts. ACP Journal Club is published monthly in Annals . The ACP Journal Club Plus service sends you e-mail alerts of new articles customized to your interests.
      • Physicians’ Information and Education Resource (PIER) ® : ACP’s Web-based decision-support tool designed for rapid point of care delivery of up-to-date, evidence-based guidance. PIER offers more than 490 modules focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
    • 7. Why Members Join: Key Benefits
      • Fellowship: Election to Fellowship is a continuation of ACP’s tradition of honoring excellence in the practice of internal medicine. Fellows serve as an inspiration to their colleagues and improve internal medicine through mentoring, holding offices within the College and more.
      • Local Chapters: Scientific meetings, networking for residents, community-based teaching programs, and preceptorships for medical students.
    • 8. Why Members Join: Key Benefits
      • Advocacy: The College works directly with government entities and managed care organizations to influence their internal policies and procedures.
      • Key Contact Program: Get Involved ACP’s continued success on Capitol Hill greatly depends on the efforts of over 5,600 ACP Key Contacts who communicate with legislative representatives on key issues.
    • 9. Physicians’ Information and Education Resource (PIER ® )
      • Rapid point-of-care delivery of up-to-date, evidence-based guidance for physicians
      • Over 490 modules focusing on diagnosis and treatment
      Free to Members
    • 10. ACP Books and Clinical Guidelines
      • ACP books range in topic from ethics and clinical guidelines, to key diseases and expert guides, to medical humanities
      • ACP’s Clinical Practice Guidelines are rigorously reviewed based on the best evidence prior to being published
      • Some recently published guidelines include:
        • HIV Screening
        • Depression
        • Rx of Osteoporosis
    • 11. MKSAP ® 15 The gold-standard of physician self-assessment for over 35 years; significant discount for ACP Associates!
      • Used for Board preparation, recertification credit, and updating medical knowledge
      • Covers 14 areas of internal medicine and its subspecialties
      • 11 books; 1,000 multiple choice questions offering 150 category 1 CME credits
      • Print and interactive CD-ROM versions available
      • New online version available
      • Answers and critiques included
      • Full-color layout with more photos and figures
    • 12. Internal Medicine 2011 ACP’s premier annual educational event
      • Includes educational, interactive workshops geared toward residents and fellows-in-training
      • Networking, mentoring, and social opportunities, such as the Associates Luncheon Forum
      • Associate Abstract and Poster Competitions
      • Discounted registration for Associates
      • Career Advancement and Job Placement Center
    • 13. Center for Practice Improvement & Innovation
      • Documentation and coding assistance
      • Practice redesign for quality improvement
      • Health information technology, patient care and education information
      • Medical computing and regulatory guidance
      • Practice evaluations – operating efficiency, performance measurement, patient satisfaction, etc.
    • 14. Patient Information Resources
      • Free online to members
      • ACP Special Reports for Patients
        • Over 5 million copies distributed to date
      • Videos available in English and Spanish (shipping rate applies)
      • Diabetes and COPD Portals: Free information for patients and physicians
    • 15. Professional Development
      • ACP Fellowship: Recognizes personal integrity, superior competence in internal medicine, professional accomplishment, and demonstrated scholarship
      • A professional distinction recognized worldwide
      • Four pathways to becoming an FACP:
        • Academic/publications
        • Multiple certifications/recertification/MKSAP for score
        • Active involvement in ACP
        • Distinguished career in internal medicine
    • 16. Professional Development
      • LEAD: ACP’s Leadership Enhancement and Development program: a multi-faceted program to develop leadership skills, through courses, mentorship and hands-on training
      • Mentoring: opportunities to serve as a mentor or to find a mentor
      • Career Connection: a comprehensive listing of career opportunities for physicians
    • 17. What We Do to Support the Future of the Profession
      • Advocacy
      • Quality Improvement
      • Ethics & Professionalism
    • 18. ACP and Public Policy
      • ACP is one of the most effective physician advocacy organizations in America
      • Through the Council of Associates, issues concerning residents and fellows-in-training are brought to the attention of ACP’s leadership and made a part of the College’s public policy agenda
      • Opportunity for Health Policy Fellowship in our Washington, D.C, office
    • 19.
      • Enroll in our Key Contact Program
      • Key Contacts actively participate in ACP’s grassroots advocacy by contacting their Senators and Representatives about issues important to internists
      Become a Key Contact
    • 20. Associate Representation
      • ACP Council of Associates
      • Chapter Associate Councils
      • Chapter Governing Council
      • Representation on College and non-College Committees such as the RRC and the AMA-RFS
      • Associates Forum at Internal Medicine 2011
    • 21. ACP Council of Associates
      • 14-Member Council
        • Northeast
        • Midwest
        • West
        • South
        • Uniformed Services
        • Canada
        • Latin America
      • Chair - member of the Board of Regents
      • Chair-elect - member of the Board of Governors
    • 22. Council of Associates Issues
      • Resident working conditions
      • Educational debt / loan relief
      • Advocacy
      • Quality Improvement
      • Residency Redesign
    • 23. Advocating for Residents & Fellows with the help of the Council of Associates
      • Ways to diminish the financial burdens of undergraduate medical education
      • Feasible and appropriate quality performance measures
      • Medical liability reform
      • Access to care for 54+ million uninsured Americans
      • Quality improvement and patient safety programs
      • Public health issues such as flu vaccine shortages and bioterrorism threats
    • 24. Don’t forget to visit ACP Online!
      • Links to online journals
      • Access to In the Clinic
      • Residency & career resources
      • Legislative Action Center
      • Center for Practice Improvement & Innovation
      • ACP products catalog
      • Membership directory
      • Information about additional ACP benefits
    • 25. We are the future of Internal Medicine… Our actions will shape medicine for future generations.