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Dear Colleagues,

Greetings!

Internists--doctors for adults--are joined in the Missouri Chapter to speak for Internal Medicine and to reflect the interests and concerns of our specialty. If you are an internist in Missouri but are not yet an ACP member, I invite you to browse our site to learn more about the College and our activities in the state.

The Missouri Chapter is growing with about 2500 members. Our chapter has a rich history of supporting the goal of the ACP to promote better patient care by educating and informing policy makers, patients, and fellow physicians.

My hope is that this site makes it easy for physicians in our area to learn about and participate in the activities of our chapter. I encourage you to be an active member of our chapter.

As Governor, I have the responsibility of representing our Chapter to the national organization; encouraging internists in our state to become members and members to advance to Fellowship; recognizing members; encouraging input and action on national and local political issues effecting the environment of internal medicine; hosting local scientific meetings and CME events; and encouraging medical student members and Associates (i.e., residents) to participate in local and national College activities.

I am proud to represent the Missouri Chapter and always enjoy the opportunity of meeting the talented and dedicated internists in our state.

This site represents our link to internists in Missouri and the nation and will keep you updated on our activities and provide names and addresses so that you can contact me, other chapter leaders, and fellow chapter members as the need arises. In a state in which members are scattered over a large geographic area, it is often difficult to communicate effectively. If you have ideas for useful information we could include at this site or more importantly--how the Chapter can enhance your professional life--I would like to hear from you. The web is a perfect tool for our discussions and I urge you to use our chapter Feedback Form to let us know how we can work together to enhance the Missouri chapter.

I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting or at the College's Internal Medicine Week in the spring.

Sincerely,

Alan D. Forker, MD MACP
Governor, ACP Missouri Chapter