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Welcome Early Career Physicians!
The participation of early career physicians in the activities of the College is fundamental and your input is valued. Your enthusiasm and engagement are catalysts for the growth and development of your local ACP chapters as well as that of the national organization. With the current challenges facing the practice of medicine, your active participation will allow you to gain more insight and knowledge into the issues and enhance your opportunity to enjoy the practice of medicine.
The benefits of membership in ACP are many and diverse. They range from access to Annals of Internal Medicine, MKSAP (Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program) discounts, DynaMed Plus, and ACP Practice Advisor, as well as having the opportunity to thrive and understand the current physician payment system.
ACP also offers early career physicians the opportunity to develop leadership skills through the ACP Leadership Academy, which now also offers the opportunity to obtain a Certificate in Physician Leadership for Hospital Medicine or a Certificate in Physician Leadership for General Internal Medicine. In the advocacy arena, the College is actively working to address issues relevant to practicing physicians, such as maintenance of certification, new models of physician reimbursement, and reducing administrative hassles to increase the joy of medicine.
The Council of Early Career Physicians serves as a resource for the College and provides an effective mechanism for addressing your concerns along with development of products and services. With seats on the Board of Regents, the Board of Governors, and major College committees, the Council is able to disseminate your ideas and concerns directly to the College's leadership and to the leaders in organized medicine.
Areas in which the Council is actively working include:
- Developing activities and pathways to leadership for early career physicians in state chapters and nationally.
- Addressing the needs of ambulatory and hospitalist physicians as well as subspecialists in addition to ensuring that the process for maintaining board certification consists of varied channels for assessing performance.
- Increasing participation of early career physicians in advocacy for the state and direction of health care.
- Understanding and addressing the difficulties associated with establishing a career in internal medicine while simultaneously juggling personal life changes.
- Developing opportunities to showcase scholarly work in state chapters and nationally through an early career physician poster competition.
I invite you to stay involved in your local chapter as well—participate as an annual meeting poster judge and abstract reviewer, network with your colleagues, and serve as a mentor to students and residents. You can inspire medical students to pursue careers in internal medicine!
The Council is open and welcome to your input. We are committed to helping early career physicians in any way possible! Please feel free to contact me or other members of the national Council of Early Career Physicians so that we can best serve you.
Richard M. Wardrop III, MD, PhD, FAAP, FACP
Chair, Council of Early Career Physicians