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Welcome to the beginning of a new academic year! Please allow me
to tell you about the American College of Physicians (ACP) from the
point of view of a medical student. ACP is the largest
medical-specialty organization and the second-largest physician
group in the United States, with a membership of 130,000
internists, internal medicine subspecialists, and medical students,
residents, and fellows. ACP focuses on enhancing the quality and
effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and
professionalism in the practice of medicine. A new Executive Vice
President and Chief Executive Officer has just been appointed,
Steven Weinberger, MD, FACP. Prior to this, Dr. Weinberger served
as Deputy Executive Vice President and Vice President for Medical
Education and Publishing at ACP and was a champion of medical
student, resident, and fellows-in-training issues.
As a student member, you have joined over 27,000 of your fellow
students established in local student groups in allopathic and
osteopathic medical schools throughout North America and beyond.
ACP recognizes that the future of internal medicine is closely
linked to the activity and involvement of its Medical Student
Members. This is why you are so very important to all the work that
I attended Internal Medicine 2010, held in Toronto this past
April. The meeting was a great experience and it was fun and
educational at the same time. We hope you can join us in San Diego
this coming April for Internal
Medicine 2011. As a student member, there is no registration
fee for attending the meeting, and you can participate in
educational offerings for practicing physicians as well as those
designed especially for medical students.
This is an exciting time to be involved in internal medicine.
Congress has recently passed some significant legislation. While
this legislation has passed, the discussion regarding
implementation is far from over. How exactly this legislation takes
form will affect your practice regardless of what specialty you
ultimately join. Therefore, getting involved now will not only
allow your voice to be heard, but also give you an understanding of
the "how and why" of the politics that affect your future. You can
find information about the new legislation in "An
Internist's Practical Guide to Understanding Health System
Reform", a practical resource guide about the newly enacted
health care reform law. In addition, there is an annual Leadership
Day event held in Washington, D.C., each May, which is a great
way to learn about how politics in Washington impact your
The College offers many benefits to its
Medical Student Members, from the above mentioned involvement in
advocacy and educational meetings, to opportunities for mentoring
and helpful educational products. In particular, I would like to
bring your attention to
Internal Medicine Essentials for Clerkship Students 2, a great
tool for the wards. The revamped Annals of Internal Medicine website is
also worth visiting. We hope you are able to use these and other
ACP resources throughout your training and career.
As a student member, you are represented at the national level
in the College by the
Council of Student Members (CSM), comprised of 13 students from
11 regions. We meet in person and via web conferences throughout
the year to discuss issues of particular importance to us as
medical students. We welcome your ideas and input as we aim to
enrich your experiences during medical school. Please do not
hesitate to contact me or any CSM representative if we can be of
help to you or your local chapter. You guide the Council as we plan
and propose policy that will impact all of us, so please tell us
what is on your mind.
At the regional level, the Council works to facilitate and
promote activities through the local Internal Medicine Interest
Groups (IMIGs). The College provides funding and support to the
IMIGs through the
IMIG Sponsorship Program . We want to continue to improve the
links between the IMIGs at the local schools, the regional ACP
chapters, and the national level.
The CSM is dedicated to numerous issues within internal
medicine. With your involvement and participation, we can work
together to ensure that we have the tools and resources that we
will need to succeed in our training.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Cedar J. Fowler
Chair, Council of Student Members
Tufts University School of Medicine, Class of 2012
August 2010 Issue of IMpact
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