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America's Internists Lace Up Running Shoes to Raise Funds for LSU Student-Run Adult Homeless Clinic

Charitable Outreach Major Part of Three-day Internist Gathering

NEW ORLEANS -- April 20, 2004 - New Orleans - LSU Student-Run Homeless Clinics have been selected as the American College of Physicians (ACP) charity of choice during the medical organization's Annual Session, a medical education meeting being held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans from Thurs., April 22 through Sat. April 24, 2004.

Headquartered in Philadelphia, ACP is the nation's largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group. Internal medicine physicians provide the majority of health care to adults in the United States.

As many as 150 internal medicine physicians from across the nation attending the conference will participate in a 5K run beginning at 6 a.m. on Sat., April 24, in front of the World Trade Center. The proceeds from the event will benefit the LSU Student-Run Homeless Clinics. The students run three separate clinics: the Pediatric Clinic is held at Covenant House in New Orleans, and the Obstetrics/Gynecology Clinic and the Adult Clinic are held at the New Orleans Mission in New Orleans. Each Saturday, homeless men, women and children can be seen by a team of physicians and medical students for free. Services provided at the clinic include physical examinations, tuberculosis screenings, sexually transmitted disease screenings, and prescription medications.

Prior to the run - at exactly 5:45 a.m. - John Tooker, MD, FACP, ACP executive vice president will present a check of the proceeds of the run to Fred A. Lopez, MD, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans, and Ruth Waterman, president of the adult clinic and second-year medical student at LSU Medical School.

The donation will fund the medical clinic's outreach to the homeless who comprise more than half of the 4,000 patient-visits the clinic administers annually.

"There's a tremendous need for health care among the homeless in New Orleans," Ms. Waterman says. "This donation will have a significant impact on the comprehensive free medical services we offer to those who have a more difficult time obtaining health care." The ACP Annual Session is an educational meeting where physicians learn about recent medical advances affecting patient care. Approximately 6,000 internists and medical students are expected to attend more than 250 lectures, panel discussions and workshops.

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 more than 115,000 internists, medical residents, fellows and students.

For more information about LSU Student-Run Homeless Clinics call Ruth Waterman, president, at 504-401-2452.

Contact: Leigh Fazzina, 215-351-2514 or 800-523-1546, ext. 2514
E-mail lfazzina@acponline.org

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