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Governor's Welcome

Greetings: It is with a great sense of pride that I have the opportunity to serve as the Governor for the Army Chapter of the ACP. I look forward to representing the region and bringing our unique insights to the Board of Governors' deliberations.

The ACP was formed in 1915, the ASIM in 1956, and the merger has been completed over the past few years; it represents the largest medical specialty society with over 152,000 members. The College's mission is to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine. Its primary goals include: establishing and promoting the highest clinical and ethical standards, providing the foremost comprehensive education and information resource for all internists, advocating responsible positions on public policy relating to health care, and serving the professional needs of the membership and advancing internal medicine as a career.

The College includes the Board of Governors which serves to advise the Board of Regents, the policy-making body. I represent our chapter with several specific goals and tasks: encouraging wide medical student interest in our specialty as well as the College, encouraging input for resolutions on local and national issues, encouraging member participation and advancement to Fellowship, and hosting our chapter's local scientific meeting each November.

Congratulations also to all those who were selected to Fellowship in the College during the past year. I would be happy to answer any questions related to advancement to Fellowship, and I would urge all of you to explore acponline.org at length. Please feel free to contact me with questions, comments, and suggestions at cristin.a.mount.mil@mail.mil.