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Governor's Newsletter - October 2000

From the Governor

A Very Successful September 2000 ACP-ASIM Brazil Chapter Annual Meeting

The ACP-ASIM Brazil Chapter successfully held its Annual Meeting, September 8-9, 2000, at the Colegio Brasileiro de Cirurgioes in Rio de Janeiro. This year the scientific program was devoted to Gastroenterology and its interaction with various areas of Internal Medicine, including Immunology, Allergy, Endocrinology, Geriatrics, Intensive Care, Infectious Disease and Oncology, among others. Themes related to Clinical Laboratory, Radiology, Clinical Psychology and Surgery were also discussed in depth. The attendance was very selective and included not only internists, but also subspecialists from different sections. Student participation was intense and free registrations were granted to the best students of different Medical schools.

ACP-ASIM headquarters was represented by—Bernard M. Rosof, MD, FACP, College Representative, Chair-elect, Board of Regents, Professor of GI at Stony Brook Medical School, Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs, Huntington Hospital, New York; and Rodolfo A. Armas-Merino, MD, FACP, International Guest Speaker, Immediate Past Governor of Chile, Professor of GI at the University of Chile, Santiago.

The meeting had the scientific support of the Brazilian Society of Allergy and Immunopathology and of the Brazilian College of Surgeons.

This year, three ACP-ASIM Awards were presented to recipients deserving of official recognition from the leadership based upon their national and international medical, scientific and teaching accomplishments. They are as follows:

  • Laureate Award
    accomplished for the first time in Brazil by
    Nelson A. Souza e Silva, MD, FACP, Chair of Cardiology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
  • Distinguished Internist Award
    Jorge L.Gross, MD, FACP, Chair of Internal Medicine and Chief of Endocrinology at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.
  • Merit Award
    Joao Ferreira de Mello, MD, Chief of Allergy and Immunology at the Hospital do Servidor Publico de Sao Paulo.

The Chair of our Scientific Committee was Prof. Adolpho Milech, MD and its members were:

  • Sergio E. Allan, MD, FACP
  • Luiz A. Lamy, MD
  • Jorge R. Spitz, MD
  • Mauro Geller, MD, FACP
  • Isaac Benchimol, MD
  • Elias Knobel, MD, FACP
  • Morton A. Scheinberg, MD, FACP

The Coordinator of the meeting was Marcus T. Haddad, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine and GI of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

The Brazil Chapter is to be congratulated for sponsoring this cutting edge scientific activity and to host as speakers many renomated Professors of Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine from other states: Sao Paulo, Minas Gerais, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul.


Seattle Board Of Governors' Fall Conference

The ACP-ASIM Board of Governors met in Seattle, WA, September 14-16, 2000, for their Fall Conference. The agenda was full as usual. An exciting and up-to-date conference on "Biotechnology in the 21st Century" was presented by Jan Agosti, MD and brought about many interesting discussions. Cancer immunotherapy, stem cells therapy, cloning of proteins, gene therapy including suppressor genes, suicide genes, and AIDS vaccines, among others, were elegantly presented.

The workshop rotation included "The Bridge between Research and Practice." The "Effect of the Internet on Medical Care" was discussed by M. Michael Shabot, MD.

The Latin American Governors had a breakfast meeting with the following agenda:

  • Update on translation of College products including the availability of the Clinical Skills modules—(translated into Spanish.)
  • Enhancement of a joint website for Latin America.
  • Discussion on the website.
  • Invitation to join the activities of the Council of Associates.
  • Update on the Mini-Fellowship Program
    (should be implemented within one year.)
  • International Poster Competition and the perspectives for a successful enterprise in the next US 2001 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA.
  • A proposal was registered for the creation of a Chapteral ACP-ASIM Latin American Annual Congress.

New Members

Congratulations and best wishes to the following new ACP-ASIM Members:

Silvia T. Santos, MD, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul
Gilberto N. Brito, MD, Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro

Congratulations and best wishes to the following new ACP-ASIM Associates:

Joao B. Oliveira Filho, MD, Recife, Pernambuco
Daniel Kitner, MD, Recife, Pernambuco


ACP-ASIM Annual Session 2001

The Future Of Internal Medicine Will Be In Atlanta— March 29-April 1

Be a part of the College's vision of upholding the best traditions and creating opportunities for excellence in the future. Join us for Annual Session 2001.

Discover... The Next Generation of Multiple Small Feedings of the Mind

Back and better than before! Creative formats, short, focused presentations, and practical topics combine to make these sessions a popular favorite. Each session is based on a series of practice—derived questions related to several clinical areas that address some of the most common, yet controversial, patient-management issues.

Discover... The Most Recent Breakthroughs at the Annual Update Series

Stay current on the latest information and perspectives from the nation's foremost experts in 20 subspecialty areas. The Update series is a valuable resource to ensure that you're up on the year's most significant findings and their impact on patient care.

Discover... Meet the Professor Sessions

Go right to the source. Take this opportunity to hear the experts discuss cases illustrating controversial issues and innovative techniques in patient care. Then get up-close and personal in the new Meet and Eat with the Professor sessions. Sit down with these same experts over breakfast and lunch and get answers to your specific questions in a smaller, more intimate setting.

Discover... Interactive Learning for the Next Millennium

Hands-on learning activities are an excellent way to refresh your skills or learn new ones. Take advantage of the Learning Center to help you gain experience or refine your abilities in such vital areas as medical interviewing, physical examination, and office-based procedures. The Learning Center is also the ideal place to familiarize yourself with medical informatics software that can have an immediate impact on your daily practice.

Discover... Annual Session and Beyond at the Many Special College Events

Get in the spirit of Annual Session. Meet fellow internists from around the globe. Share your discoveries and learn from one another. Annual Session is more than a time for learning, it is a time to honor our colleagues' achievements at Convocation, to find out about the latest College initiatives at the Annual Business Meeting, and to meet old friends and make new ones at Chapteral and Chapter receptions, plus a variety of other events.

Discover tomorrow Register today.

Registration is available at:

  • www.acponline.org/cme/as/2001/register/
  • By calling in the US (215) 351-2600.

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
Brazil

Phone: 55-21-287-2196
Fax: 55-21-287-4360
E-mail: gellerm@attglobal.net