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Information for Doctors and Patients Focus of New Orleans Medical Education Meeting

Adult Medicine Specialists Will Meet April 22-24, 2004

PHILADELPHIA -- (April 16, 2004) Internists, the primary-care doctors for most of the nation's adults, will attend the national ACP Annual Session in New Orleans April 22-24, 2004, to learn about newer strategies for adult patient care. More than 6,000 physicians and medical students are expected to attend the ACP Annual Session, which includes lectures, panel discussions, and a hands-on Learning Center where internists can refine medical techniques.

On opening day of the meeting, Thurs., April 22, 2004, a 10 a.m. press briefing will launch a national campaign encouraging physicians to supplement their patient counseling with "prescriptions" for information on the noncommercial Web site www.MedlinePlus.gov. The briefing will be held in room 285 of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. (See separate news release. Note to TV media: a VNR will be released; call for coordinates.)

Local internist Charles V. Sanders, MD, FACP, professor and chairman of the Department of Medicine at Louisiana State University School of Medicine, will be named a Master of the American College of Physicians (MACP) during the ACP Annual Session convocation, April 22, 6:30 p.m. in hall I-2 of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

ACP Masters are nominated from among Fellows of ACP (FACPs). There are less than 500 ACP Masters in the world. A total of 45 Masterships will be presented during the annual convocation ceremony.

A 5K Fun Run and Walk will be held on Sat., April 24, from 6 to 7 a.m., to benefit the LSU Student-Run Homeless Clinic. One hundred and twenty-five internists have signed up for the run, which starts in front of the World Trade Center. (Warm-up begins at 5:30 a.m.) (Also see separate news release.)

ACP is the national membership organization of doctors of internal medicine. It is the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the United States. Membership includes internists, related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses in adults.

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.

Contact: Lynda Teer, 215-351-2655 or 800-523-1546, ext. 2655
E-mail lteer@acponline.org; or
Leigh Fazzina, 215-351-2514 or 800-523-1546, ext. 2514
E-mail lfazzina@acponline.org

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