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ACP Offers New Affiliate Membership Class for Members of the American Academy of Physician Assistants

PHILADELPHIA (November 19, 2004) - The American College of Physicians (ACP), the world's largest internal medicine society, announced a new "ACP Affiliate" membership class for non-physician health care professionals. ACP Affiliate membership is available exclusively to physician assistants (PAs) who are Fellow Members of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA).

"The new Affiliate membership class is a milestone for the American College of Physicians," said ACP Executive Vice President and CEO John Tooker, MD, MBA, FACP. "It marks the first time in its 89-year history that ACP is offering membership to non-physicians. Affiliate members, and in particular physician assistants, will be an important component of ACP's team approach to improving the practice of internal medicine."

ACP Affiliate members will receive free online access to Annals of Internal Medicine and ACP Journal Club, ACP's premier medical journals. Affiliate members will also have access to ACP's Physicians' Information and Education Resource (PIER), a Web-based clinical decision support tool designed for point-of-care delivery of evidence-based guidance. Additional benefits include access to the members-only resources of ACP's Web site and the products and services of ACP's well-regarded Practice Management Center; discounts on ACP programs, publications and services; and continuing education programs at member prices.

"Physician assistants have a long history of working closely with physicians to expand patient access to medical care," said AAPA Executive Vice President/CEO Stephen Crane, Ph.D., M.P.H. "It is a natural extension that their collegial working relationship would extend to their respective professional organizations. The AAPA is pleased to partner with the ACP in this exciting new venture."

The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization in the world and the second-largest physician group in the United States, with a membership of more than 116,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses in adults. View more information about ACP's website.

AAPA is the only national organization to represent physician assistants in all medical and surgical specialties. Founded in 1968, the Academy works to promote quality, cost-effective health care, and the professional and personal growth of PAs. For more information about the Academy and the PA profession, visit the AAPA's Web site and the Academy's newsroom on the Web.

Contacts:

For general questions about ACP Affiliate Membership, please contact Christi Kroupa, ckroupa@acponline.org

For press-related inquiries, please contact Brian Wasson, 215-351-2513 or 800-523-1546, ext. 2513; bwasson@acponline.org

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