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Governor's Welcome

Welcome to the web site for the Connecticut chapter of the American College of Physicians. We hope you'll drop in often, both at our web site, and at the national ACP web site. The national site offers College news and useful links to the Center for Practice Improvement & Innovation site, CME information, advocacy information and ACP policy papers, and much more. There are tremendous resources there which I encourage you to explore.

ACP, founded in 1915, is the nation's largest medical specialty organization. Membership comprises 141,000 internal medicine physicians and medical students.

Throughout the 1990's, it became increasingly clear that these two concerns were overlapping--the profession needs political clout, and physicians who want to take the best possible care of their patients need high quality, relevant continuing education. Thus, the successful merger in 1998 of these two important internal medicine organizations as the ACP-ASIM, which reverted to the name ACP in 2006.

This organization works hard to support the physician-patient relationship and the profession of internal medicine. We see increasing diversification among our members and, importantly, among the leadership, that is more reflective of medicine today. There is an increased use of the power of the Internet and e-mail, including legislative link sites and interactive educational programs you can do at home.

As governor, I fulfill the role of representing the concerns of our chapter to the national staff. I look for your input on local and national political issues relevant to internal medicine. I also need your input on local chapter issues- who do we want to honor with the Laureate award? What speakers or topics do we want at our local chapter meeting each Fall? How can we involve students and residents in a meaningful way? Does our chapter have a role in the issue of patient safety or quality improvement? There are many more questions out there we need to explore.

Any suggestions or concerns you have for the chapter or the national organization- please let me know. I look forward to hearing from you.

Rebecca A. Andrews, MD, FACP
ACP Governor, Connecticut Chapter