Latest updates on ACP's priorities, initiatives

ACP Spotlight offers readers a look at ACP's current top priorities and initiatives, as well as highlights from our e-newsletter, ACP Internist Weekly.

#ProudtobeGIM campaign calls for grant applications

ACP and the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) are kicking off their nationwide #ProudtobeGIM campaign, an effort to encourage medical students and first- and second-year residents to pursue a career in general internal medicine. Medical schools are invited to apply for #ProudtobeGIM grants. Selected institutions will receive an honorarium of $2,000 to host one or more local events aimed at educating medical students and residents about the field of general internal medicine.

Grant applications that include participation of a local ACP chapter and/or an SGIM member on the leadership team will be given preference over those that do not. Preference is also given to applications that show strong institutional support (e.g., matching funds, in-kind support).

All applications are due on Sept. 30, 2021. Visit online for more information.

ACP weighs in on specifics of COVID-19 vaccination

On June 9, ACP released a new policy statement on global COVID-19 vaccine distribution and allocation, stressing that physicians have a responsibility to advocate for the health and well-being of patients and communities locally and globally. ACP recommends a coordinated global response including a rapid scale-up of efficient, safe, and effective vaccines; support for infrastructure development; and cooperation among national regulatory authorities and vaccine manufacturers globally. The full statement is online.

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In addition, on July 26, ACP joined with more than 50 health care professional societies and organizations calling for all health care and long-term care employers to require their employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. ACP also recently cosigned a statement from leading medical organizations strongly urging all pregnant individuals—along with those who are recently pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or lactating—to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The statement is online.

Call for spring 2022 Board of Governors resolutions

ACP Members who are concerned about a practice or clinical issue or who have an idea to suggest might consider submitting a resolution to their Governor or chapter council.

Initiating a resolution provides ACP members an opportunity to focus attention at the ACP national level on a particular issue or topic that concerns them. All resolutions should fit within ACP's Mission and Goals and should relate to the College's Priority Themes.

Members must submit resolutions to their Governor and/or chapter council. A resolution becomes a resolution of the chapter once the chapter council approves it. The deadline for submitting new resolutions to be heard at the spring 2022 Board of Governors meeting is Oct. 4, 2021.

Board prep curriculum for program directors

The ACP Board Prep Curriculum is a collection of online slide sets that help residency programs prepare the next generation of internists to pass the ABIM certification exam. Features include:

  • 69 interactive one-hour presentations mapped to topics on the ABIM certification exam blueprint
  • 4,000+ slides prepared to minimize faculty prep time
  • ACP premium content ready for presentation by educators at all levels
  • Multiple learning aids.

Pricing is $100 per resident, and subscriptions must be purchased for all residents within a program. Discounted pricing may be available for programs with a high percentage of ACP Resident/Fellow Members. Price quotes are available by completing this form or calling 800-ACP-1915 or 215-351-2600.

ICYMI: Highlights from ACP Internist Weekly

  • Flu-like illnesses appeared to spread through primary care office visits. A study's findings at 6,709 office-based U.S. primary care practices offered lessons on reopenings of outpatient clinics during the pandemic and the value of virtual visits for patients with suspected respiratory infections, the authors said. The study was published on Aug. 1 by Health Affairs and summarized in the Aug. 10 ACP Internist Weekly.
  • Low-value cancer screening may be commonly provided to older U.S. adults. An observational study using 2011-2016 data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey found that patients often continued to be screened for cervical, breast, and colorectal cancer after passing guideline-recommended age thresholds. The study was published Aug. 11 by the Journal of General Internal Medicine and summarized in the Aug. 17 ACP Internist Weekly.

ACP Internist Weekly is an e-newsletter published every Tuesday and available online. Subscribe online.