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History

The American College of Physicians (ACP) is a national organization of internists  and specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness. The ACP mission is to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine. ACP was founded in 1915 to promote the science and practice of medicine, and since 1915 has supported internists in their quest for excellence. By sharing the most updated medical knowledge, offering top-notch educational resources, and a wide array of additional benefits, ACP has shown a commitment to internal medicine and those who practice it.

Much has transpired in internal medicine and in healthcare over the last 100 years. ACP has changed as well and stands proudly as the largest medical specialty organization in the United States and a major voice in American health care. ACP's membership of 148,000 includes internists, internal medicine subspecialists, medical students, residents, and fellows, and a growing international presence. The first 100 years of the College provide an inspiration for us all as ACP applies the rigorous scientific standards of internal medicine as the foundation for meeting the challenges ahead and for best serving our physicians and their patients.

Some highlights from our ACP Centennial Celebration in 2015:

ACP Centennial Interactive Timeline
View ACP's 100 Years of Excellence - An interactive timeline that explores ACP's history through a series of images and milestones.

IMpact: I.M. Family Centennial Profile Series
In honor of ACP's Centennial, stories of multi-generational Internists were featured throughout 2015 to showcase how a tradition of caring, a passion for medicine, and a desire for an intellectually stimulating career are passed from one generation to the next.

ACP Internist
Throughout 2015, ACP Internist featured a series of articles that provide a snapshot of ACP's history over the years. Each issue covered a different decade of College events, beginning with 1915 to 1924 in the January issue and ending with 2005 to the present day in December.

Annals of Internal Medicine
In recognition of the centennial year of the American College of Physicians, the Annals of Internal Medicine re-published a series of historical articles that relate to new articles on the same diseases or clinical questions that were addressed in the original papers.

Centennial Video
Watch the American College of Physicians Centennial video that explores 100 years of ACP history. A second Centennial video is available featuring members speaking about changes in internal medicine over the past century and a glimpse into how medicine may change moving forward.

Centennial History Book - To Serve Our Patients and Profession: A Centennial History of the American College of Physicians (1915-2015)
A commemorative book on the history of the College has been published, edited by EVP/CEO Emeritus John Tooker, MD, MACP and President Emeritus of ACP, David Dale, MD, MACP, and with contributions from many past officers, leaders and staff.

The art of medicine: Osler redux: the American College of Physicians at 100
This perspectives piece on the history of ACP was published May 2, 2015 in The Lancet.

Past Leaders

Read lists of past ACP Presidents, ASIM Presidents, Chairs of the Board of Regents and more.