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World's Largest Internal Medicine Organization Adopts New Name

SAN DIEGO -- (April 3, 2003) The nation's second largest medical organization has adopted a new corporate name: American College of Physicians (ACP). The new name for the former American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM) took effect on March 31.

The American College of Physicians and the American Society of Internal Medicine merged in 1998. ACP, headquartered in Philadelphia, was a leader in medical education, information and publishing, while ASIM, headquartered in Washington, primarily addressed the legislative and socioeconomic concerns of internists.

The organization's Board of Regents approved the new, simplified corporate name in October 2002, along with the identifier Doctors of Internal Medicine. Doctors for Adults. All signs and print materials at the organization's Annual Meeting in San Diego reflect the new name.

"We carefully reviewed a whole list of name options," said Sara E. Walker, MD, MACP, president of the organization. "ACP offers a strong, recognizable and positive brand throughout the health care community and on Capitol Hill. And the ACP name also allows the more than 26,000 College Fellows and Masters to continue to use the FACP and MACP honorifics."

The American College of Physicians today is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include more than 115,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses in adults, reflected in the organization's trademarked phrase Doctors of Internal Medicine. Doctors for Adults. ACP publishes Annals of Internal Medicine, the most widely cited medical specialty journal in the world.

Contact: Susan C. Anderson, 215-351-2653 or 800-523-1546, ext. 2653

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