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New National Education Program Available for Internal Medicine Physicians

‘Pri-Med Access with ACP’ Covers Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Dependency, and Immunizations

Philadelphia, March 12, 2009 – The American College of Physicians (ACP) and Pri-Med Institute (PMI) have joined forces to launch ‘Pri-Med Access with ACP.’ The continuing medical education (CME) program aims to offer internal medicine physicians greater access to leading educators through a nationwide series of local, two-day programs that begin this month.

The CME curriculum covers diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dependency, and immunizations with a special focus on disease risk prevention and risk management. The faculty line-up for the series includes four renowned course directors and more than 55 faculty members from academic medical centers and health care institutions across the country. The format includes a combination of case-based lectures, interactive workshops, and “work with the expert” sessions.

“‘Pri-Med Access with ACP’ will deliver new forums for CME that meet internists’ current needs,” said Steven E. Weinberger, MD, FACP, ACP’s senior vice president for medical education and publishing. “By combining ACP’s understanding of the needs and challenges facing physicians with the rich learning environments that Pri-Med events are known for, we will empower internists to make improvements in their practices.”

ACP and PMI designed the CME curriculum after a comprehensive review of the clinical care needs and practice gaps of primary care physicians, leveraging the extensive Pri-Med physician member base for surveys, and supplementing this with other studies on the needs of practicing primary care physicians.

“ACP adds an entirely new layer to the overall learning experience,” said Marissa Seligman, PharmD, chief regulatory affairs & compliance officer, senior vice president, Pri-Med Institute. “Their understanding of the needs, interests, and aspirations of the internist community is unmatched. By collaborating with ACP and their network of educators, we will further our mission to expedite the delivery of CME that matters to patient care.”

Pri-Med Access with ACP’ is available to internists in 26 U.S. cities with a total of 48 programs in 2009. At the local level, the partnership between ACP and PMI will connect ACP’s network of 68 state-based chapters. Over time, the ACP chapters will play a pivotal role in adapting the curriculum to address the local or regional issues and challenges. The complete ‘Pri-Med Access with ACP’ schedule is available at http://www.pri-med.com/access.

About the American College of Physicians
The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 126,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection and treatment of illness in adults.

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