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Welcome from the Chair of the Council of Student Members

Welcome to the United States' largest medical subspecialty organization! As a medical student member of the American College of Physicians, you join 28,000 of your peers and 132,000 physicians in passion for internal medicine, scholarship, and advocacy. ACP members draw from diverse backgrounds, from medical students to master physicians, from hospitalists to subspecialists to primary care physicians, from Argentina to Saudi Arabia. Regardless of location or interests, ACP strives to foster student excitement about internal medicine and to involve students in policymaking which affects them.

One way in which students are involved in internal medicine policymaking is through the Council of Student Members. The CSM consists of 13 allopathic and osteopathic medical students who represent student opinions to the organization's national leadership. The CSM is asked to comment on ACP's initiatives, such as guidelines for High Value Cost-Conscious Care and ACP’s stance on the Affordable Care Act. CSM representatives are voting members of ACP's governing body, the Board of Regents (BOR); the Board of Governors (BOG), an advisory board to the BOR comprised of ACP Chapter Governors representing the interests of their members; and several of its standing committees. The depth to which students contribute to ACP's national proceedings is virtually unparalleled in organized medicine.

The CSM is also committed to ensuring that students have a positive experience in internal medicine locally. Through the Internal Medicine Interest Group Sponsorship Program, funding and support is provided to internal medicine interest groups. For practical information to establish or improve the IMIG at your school, review the IMIG Resource Guide. The CSM hosts student-oriented courses and activities at ACP's annual Internal Medicine meeting. We also offer ideas to the leaders of ACP local chapters on how to involve medical students, from creating statewide student councils to providing mentoring opportunities at medical schools.

Outside the CSM, ACP has created other avenues to involve medical students. IMpact is a monthly newsletter for medical students interested in internal medicine. MKSAP (Medical Knowledge Self Assessment Program) for Students 5 Digital Enhanced with Internal Medicine Essentials for Clerkship Students is an ACP publication designed to help students succeed in the medicine clerkship. The medical student section of ACP Online features career advice from practicing physicians, a mentor database, a residency database, study questions, and more resources. ACP's Advocates for Internal Medicine Network and annual Leadership Day event empower students to advocate for healthcare policy issues both in their home districts and in Washington, DC.

As you might be able to tell, ACP places a significant focus on medical students, and the CSM exists to serve you. If there is anything we can do to make your internal medicine experience more meaningful, please contact us and we will be happy to help.

Sincerely,
Lindsey Merritt
Chair, ACP Council of Student Members
A. T. Still University College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2013
Email: LMerritt@atsu.edu

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