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ACP Annual Session Attendance Breaks Record At 7,469

PHILADELPHIA -- (April 18, 2005) The American College of Physicians (ACP), the national organization of doctors of internal medicine, announced that attendance at the ACP Annual Session in San Francisco April 14-16, 2005, has set a new record. The number of physicians, medical trainees, and allied health professionals was 7,469 as of April 16, 2005. The previous record was 6,650, reached in 1996, the last time the ACP Annual Session was held in San Francisco.

As the largest educational meeting for internal medicine, the 2005 ACP Annual Session offered more than 260 workshops, lectures, panels and demonstrations for internal medicine physicians (internists) and subspecialists such as cardiologists. Physicians had the opportunity to learn from among 400 experts on the Annual Session faculty.

Educational sessions were grouped by 26 content areas, including clinical topics such as allergy and immunology, cardiovascular disease, endocrinology and diabetes, and pulmonary disease. Non-clinical topics included careers and professionalism, computers in practice, effective medical practice management, and ethics and health policy. The 2005 ACP Annual Session also offered medical school and regional group receptions for networking; a Convocation ceremony where national awards were presented; and special events and competitions for medical students and trainees.

The ACP Annual Session has been held since 1916, except for the war years 1918 and 1944-46. Future ACP Annual Sessions will be held in Philadelphia (April 6-8, 2006), San Diego (April 19-21, 2007), New Orleans (April 3-5, 2008).

The American College of Physicians is the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the United States. Membership includes more than 116,000 internists, related subspecialists, medical students, residents and fellows. ACP was founded in 1915 to promote the science and practice of medicine. In 1998 it merged with the American Society of Internal Medicine, which was established in 1956 to study economic aspects of medicine. ACP works to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine.

Contact: Lynda Teer, 215-351-2655 or 800-523-1546, ext. 2655, E-mail lteer@acponline.org

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