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Over 6,000 Internal Medicine Specialists Will Meet in Philadelphia to Sharpen Their Medical Knowledge and Skills at Annual Internal Medicine Conference

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PHILADELPHIA -- (March 30, 2006) The American College of Physicians (ACP) Annual Session, the largest continuing education meeting for internal medicine, will be held April 6-8, 2006, in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. More than 6,000 internists and internal medicine subspecialists are expected to attend. An additional 3,000 medical students, residents, fellows, allied health professionals and guests are also expected.

ACP, headquartered in Philadelphia, promotes quality in health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in medical practice. It is the leading professional organization for internal medicine, the medical specialty dedicated to caring for adults and teens. While internists are major providers of primary care in the U.S., they are often consulted on difficult cases and may coordinate care with other specialists. ACP will release a comprehensive strategy to redesign the delivery of primary care on Thurs., April 6, at a 1 p.m. press conference.

In 260 courses over the three-day meeting, internists, along with cardiologists, pulmonologists, gastroenterologists, and other subspecialists, will challenge what they know and expand their skills in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illnesses that primarily affect adults -- diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and more. They will learn about computers in practice, refine communication skills to help motivate their patients, and discuss interventions to help prevent obesity in young adults.

While improving medical diagnosis and treatment constitutes the bulk of the meeting’s content, physicians also explore important social and interpersonal aspects of caring for adults: health literacy, communicating with diverse cultures, and advocating for patients.

T. Jock Murray, MD, MACP, Professor Emeritus at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, will present his Opening Ceremony address “Professionalism: Use It or Lose It” on Thurs., April 6, at 9:30 a.m. in Hall C of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

The meeting program consists of lectures, panel discussions, skills demonstrations, and hands-on learning opportunities. The content is designed to be topical and practical so that attendees can immediately apply new information to patient care. (A list of daily highlights is in the Press Kit. All press must be registered in the ACP Press Office, rm. 105A, Pennsylvania Convention Center, and follow the ACP press policy. Press briefings are scheduled for Thursday and Friday, April 6 and 7.)

The ACP Annual Session is also an opportunity for the American College of Physicians to present awards for achievements in medicine, recognize newly elected Fellows of the organization, and host networking events for medical students and physician special-interest groups. (A variety of special courses and events are listed on the “new and noteworthy sheet in the Press Kit.) On April 8, 2006, the last day of the meeting, new ACP officers, regents and governors will begin their terms.

ACP (Doctors of Internal Medicine. Doctors for Adults.) is the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the United States. Membership includes more than 119,000 internists, related subspecialists, medical students, residents and fellows.

The American College of Physicians 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.

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