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Governor's Newsletter - May 2001

Mario Geller, MD, FACP
Governor, Brazil Chapter

From the Governor

Chapter Excellence Award First Time Received

The ACP-ASIM Brazil Chapter is to be congratulated for receiving this year, for the first time, the ACP-ASIM Chapter Excellence Award during the 2001 Atlanta Annual Meeting. It is an award above the level of the Chapter Management Awards obtained in the past. It reflects recognition of all the scientific, educational and administrative achievements of our Chapter from the ACP-ASIM USA leadership. It gives us stimuli for continuing our work. Very special thanks should be given to our ACP-ASIM Council, Scientific Committee, Members of the other different Committees and Subcommittees, and to the Brazilian and American secretarial staff. Without all their efforts and skills we could not have grown and achieved so much in recent years. Yesterday was good, today is very good and tomorrow will be even better.

Best Wishes for the New Governor-Elect

Morton A. Scheinberg, MD, FACP, São Paulo, SP, was elected by our membership to be the ACP-ASIM Brazil Chapter's new Governor and is now Governor-Elect for the chapter. He will assume the position as Governor in April 2002 after the ACP-ASIM Annual Session in Philadelphia. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours and, we will work cooperatively with him during his four year Governorship.

March 2001 Atlanta ACP-ASIM Annual Session

The ACP-ASIM Board of Governors met in Atlanta prior to the Annual Session on March 27-28, 2001. The agenda for the Latin American Breakfast Meeting included the translation of the Clinical Guidelines and an update on the Mini-Fellowship Program that may soon be implemented. Drafts on the ACP-ASIM International Fellowship Exchange Program are now being evaluated The leadership is now focusing on the recertification process, the relationship with the other specialties and subspecialties, and the issue of patient's safety and rights. A superb conference on Emerging Infections was given by Julie L. Gerberding, MD from the National Center for Infectious Diseases, CDC, Atlanta. The Annual Session was magnificent with a cutting edge program on the different areas of Internal Medicine. Inovative and very interesting topics were thoroughly covered. It was again a tremendous educational and scientific success. The exhibits were also very well attended.

ACP-ASIM Brazil Chapter 10th Annual Meeting

The Brazil Chapter will hold its 10th Annual Meeting in Rio de Janeiro on August 11, 2001, Saturday, at the Colegio Brasileiro de Cirurgioes. The official theme of this event is Genetics in the 21st Century. The ACP-ASIM College Representative will be William J. Hall, MD, FACP, President of the ACP-ASIM and Head of Geriatrics and Internal Medicine of the University of New York at Rochester. He will discuss The Human Genome Project and healthy aging. The ACP-ASIM international speaker will be Griffin Rodgers, MD, FACP, Head of Molecular Hematology at the NIH in Bethesda. He will present the molecular genetics of Sickle Cell Disease. Bruce Korf, MD, PhD, Head of Neurogenetics at Harvard University in Boston confirmed his presence and he will discuss different aspects of genetics as well as his research on Neurofibromatosis. Many renowned geneticists and internists from different chapters of Brazil will actively participate in this very interesting scientific activity. Soon preliminary programs will be sent out to our membership. We look forward to a very successful and well attended meeting.

New Members

Congratulations and best wishes to the following new members:


Edgar G. Rizzatti, MD, Ribeirao Preto, SP
Helio Wolff, MD, Rio de Janeiro, RJ


Monica M. Cartocci, MD, São Paulo, SP
Sandro J. Martins, MD, São Paulo, SP
Sergio T. Ribeiro Jr., MD, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Stephen D. Stefani, MD, Porto Alegre, RGS

ACP-ASIM - Mission and Goals


To enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine.


I. To establish and promote the highest clinical standards and ethical ideals;

II. To be the foremost comprehensive education and information resource for all internists;

III. To advocate responsible positions on individual health and on public policy relating to health care for the benefit of the public, our patients, the medical profession, and our members;

IV. To serve the professional needs of the membership and advance internal medicine as a career;

V. To promote and conduct research to enhance the quality of practice, the education and continuing education of internists, and the attractiveness of internal medicine to physicians and the public; and

VI. To recognize individual excellence and distinguished contributions to internal medicine.

Annals.org Launched

Annals.org, the new Annals of Internal Medicine Web site, is up-and-running. The new site has its own URL address www.annals.org, and can also be reached through ACP-ASIM Online. The site features a new home page with an easy-to-navigate directory and a variety of new services, including:

Access to the full text of all articles and Adobe Acrobat PDF files for most articles that allow the article to be viewed exactly as it appears in the print version of the journal;

Enhanced search capabilities (by author, title, date, and by keywords such as medical condition or other MeSH terms);

Direct links from bibliographic references in Annals articles to abstracts in the National Library of Medicine's PubMed database. From there, readers can access all of PubMed's services;

"Summaries for Patients" -- non-technical explanations of Annals original research articles written for lay readers (formerly known as "non-technical summaries");

Interactive features that allow users to evaluate articles and to write comments and letters to the editor, which will provide feedback to the authors and will help editors choose future content; and

Personae -- a link that takes visitors to an online photograph gallery.

Accessing the full text articles and PDF files of Annals.org is restricted to ACP-ASIM members and Annals subscribers; however, the public will have access to each issue's table of contents, as well as all abstracts and Summaries for Patients.

Full text articles and PDF files will be available to the public on a pay-per-view basis.

How to Contact Us

Mario Geller, MD, FACP
Governor, Brazil Chapter
Rua Alberto De Campos, No. 180, Apt. 201
Ipanema RJ, Rio De Janeiro, 22471-020
Phone: 55-21-287-2196
E-mail: gellerm@attglobal.net