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Twelve Cited for Humanism in Medicine

Internist-Members Of ACP-ASIM Among National Nominees

November 6, 2000

Philadelphia — (November 6, 2000) Twelve internists who are members of the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM), the nation's largest medical specialty society, were among 47 physicians voted by the nation's medical students as positive role models in medical education. Internists are specialists in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses that primarily affect adults.

The 47 physician honorees were nominated by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Organization of Student Representatives. Medical students made selections based on five defining characteristics of humanism in medical education: positive mentoring skills, collaboration, compassion/sensitivity, community service activity, and observance of professional ethics. The honorees affiliated with ACP-ASIM are:

  • Frank Bia, MD, and Margaret Bia, MD, of Yale University School of Medicine; both Fellows of ACP-ASIM,
  • Joseph Cofrancesco, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, an ACP Fellow,
  • Elmer Holzinger, MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, a Master of the ACP-ASIM and former Governor for the College's Western Pennsylvania Region,
  • Joseph Myers, MD, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, an ACP-ASIM Member,
  • Timothy Quill, MD, of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, an ACP-ASIM Fellow,
  • James B. Reuler, MD, Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine, a Fellow of ACP-ASIM and its local Governor for Oregon,
  • John Saiki, MD, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, a Fellow,
  • John Sheffield, MD, University of Washington School of Medicine, a Fellow,
  • Karen Szauter, MD, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, an ACP-ASIM Member,
  • Jerry B.Vannatta, MD, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, a Fellow, and
  • Ramon Velez, MD, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, a Fellow.

The American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM) is dedicated to the advancement of internal medicine so that its members can provide the best quality care for their patients. Based in Philadelphia and comprising more than 115,000 internal medicine physicians and medical students, it is the second-largest physician group in the United States. Its mission is to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine.

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) represents the 125 accredited U.S. medical schools; the 16 accredited Canadian medical schools; some 400 major teaching hospitals including 74 Veterans Administration medical centers; 91 academic and professional societies representing nearly 88,000 faculty members; and the nation's 67,000 medical students and 102,000 residents.

Contact: Lynda Teer, 215-351-2655 or 800-523-1546, ext. 2655

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