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ACP Awarded CME Accreditation With Commendation

Philadelphia -- (December 7, 2004) The American College of Physicians (ACP) has been resurveyed by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and awarded Accreditation with Commendation for a term of six years as a provider of continuing medical education for physicians.

ACCME accreditation seeks to assure both physicians and the public that continuing medical education (CME) activities provided by ACP meet the high standards of the Essential Areas, Elements and Policies for Accreditation as specified by the ACCME.

Steven E. Weinberger, MD, FACP, senior vice president for the ACP Medical Knowledge and Education Division, said, "While ACP CME programs have long met ACCME's high standards, to receive Accreditation with Commendation is a first in ACP history, and we're very pleased." The ACCME rigorously evaluates the overall continuing medical education programs of institutions according to standards adopted by all seven sponsoring organizations of the ACCME. These are: the American Board of Medical Specialties; the American Hospital Association; the American Medical Association; the Association for Hospital Medical Education; the Association of American Medical Colleges; the Council of Medical Specialty Societies; and the Federation of State Medical Boards of the U.S., Inc.

ACP (Doctors of Internal Medicine. Doctors for Adults.) is the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP provides live and self-directed CME in various programs including its Annual Session, postgraduate courses, chapter/regional meetings, online Clinical Problem-Solving Cases, and the Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP) and its enhancement, Prep for Boards.

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. ACP works to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine. ACP membership includes 116,000 internists, medical residents, fellows and students.

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

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