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International Meetings Update


7th Congress of the European Federation of Internal Medicine (EFIM)
May 7-10, 2008

The 7th Congress of the European Federation of Internal Medicine (EFIM) was held from May 7-10, 2008 in Rome, Italy. Around 1000 physicians attended, including many young physicians, representing most European countries. Donna Sweet, MD, MACP, Past Chair of the ACP's Board of Regents, was selected to serve as the ACP International Speaker at the Congress by Prof. Giuseppe Licata, President, Italian Society of Internal Medicine and 7th EFIM Congress.

Dr. Laine answers questions from prospective members


Christine Laine MD, MPH, FACP, Vice President and Senior Deputy Editor of Annals of Internal Medicine was present at the meeting and volunteered her time at the ACP exhibit booth



Dr. Sweet gave a keynote lecture entitled "Prevention of HIV Infection: Behavioral or Biologic?". All presentations were done in English using state-of-the-art equipment. Dr. Sweet noted that the EFIM Congress is growing, both in size and importance (to European Physicians). Dr. Werner Bauer was elected as the new President of the EFIM during this meeting. ACP had an exhibit booth at the Congress.

The next meeting of the European Federation of Internal Medicine is scheduled for May 27-30, 2009 in Istanbul, Turkey



41st Joint Conference of the Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA) and the Annual Convention of the Federation of Islamic Medical Associations (FIMA)
July 31-August 2, 2008

The 41st Joint Conference of the Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA) and the Annual Convention of the Federation of Islamic Medical Associations (FIMA) was held from July 31-August 2, 2008 in Marrakech, Morocco. About 200 physician members of IMANA from the US and around 100 physicians representing leadership from FIMA member countries were in attendance, representing both non-surgical and surgical specialties. Jeffrey P. Harris, MD, FACP, ACP President, was selected to serve as the ACP International Speaker for this event by Faroque A. Khan, MD, MACP, Scientific Program Co-Director for the convention.

Dr. Harris gave the keynote address (The Ibn-e-Sina Memorial Lecture) entitled “Addressing Health Care Disparities, Changing Demographics, and the Unsustainable System – What the US Can Learn from Other Countries”. All the presentations were in English. Dr. Harris noted that the group was impressed with the candor of the message about problems with the US healthcare system, the evidence based approach to analyzing problems, and the lessons learned from the study of other countries.



Mexican College of Internal Medicine 33rd International Course in Internal Medicine
July 2-5, 2008

The Mexican College of Internal Medicine 33rd International Course in Internal Medicine was held from July 2-5, 2008 in conjunction with the ACP Mexico Chapter at the World Trade Center in Mexico City, Mexico. The meeting was attended by around 2,500 physicians. Douglas S. Paauw, MD, FACP, was selected to serve as the ACP International Speaker for this event by Heriberto Augusto Martinez Camacho, MD, President of the Mexican College of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Alvarez is presented with his award


Dr. Alvarez is presented with his award



Dr. Paauw gave three lectures at the meeting: "Drug Interactions and Side Effects", "Evaluation of Common Symptoms" and, "Dermatology for the Internist". Brian Mandell, MD, FACP, also lectured at the meeting on the topic of Rheumatology. The ACP had an exhibit booth at the meeting. Salvador Alvarez, MD, FACP, was presented with an award by Dr. Martinez for his many years of contributions and dedication to the Mexican College of Internal Medicine.

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