The New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians (NYACP) is a membership organization dedicated to advancing the specialty of Internal Medicine in New York State through education, advocacy and quality improvement. With offices in Albany, volunteer physician leaders across the State, a dedicated full-time staff, effective communications and local, regional and state-wide meetings, the New York Chapter is structured to respond to members as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Dangerous Drug Sent Nearly 2,000 New Yorkers to Hospitals Between April 1 and June 30


On July 17, Governor Cuomo called for stronger Health Department regulations to combat the sale of synthetic cannabinoids in New York State. These dangerous, man-made compounds have resulted in a dramatic increase in hospital visits and poison control center calls. The sale and possession of dozens of synthetic cannabinoids and bath salts were banned by the Department of Health at the urging of Governor Cuomo in August, 2012. These new regulations will expand the existing list of banned substances to include new chemical compounds that drug producers have begun to make since 2012. 

“This rash of medical emergencies is proof positive that these synthetic drugs are dangerous and a threat to public health,” Governor Cuomo said. “These new, stronger regulations will allow us to crack down on these harmful products and stop those who seek to skirt the law in order to sell these drugs and the misery that comes with them.”

New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said, “Synthetic marijuana poses a threat to the health and safety of all New Yorkers and we will continue to do all we can to get these drugs off the street. Too many people have fallen victim to synthetic marijuana. Updates to our regulations expand the chemical compounds banned in order to strengthen our fight against this illegal and dangerous industry.”

Resources for New Yorkers struggling with an addiction, or whose loved ones are struggling, are available at the State’s toll-free, 24-hour, 7-day-a-week HOPEline, 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369). The HOPEline is staffed by trained clinicians who are ready to answer questions and offer treatment referrals. Additional resources are available through the NYS OASAS website here. A list of addiction treatment providers is available here.

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Residents &
Medical Students
 

NYACP Abstract Competition
 

Deadline is Friday,
July 31, 2015

 
If you have worked on a research project or have an interesting clinical case, don't miss out on this outstanding opportunity to submit your abstract for a chance to present it at the NYACP Resident and Medical Student Forum Poster Competition on Sat.,  November 14, 2015 at:

SUNY Upstate Medical University
Institute for Human Performance (IHP)
505 Irving Avenue
Syracuse, NY  13202

Separate competitions will be held for abstracts submitted in:

  • Research
  • Clinical Vignette
  • Public Policy/Advocacy
  • Patient Safety/Quality

You can easily submit your abstract online by going to the Abstract Submission Form

Practice Management
 

We promote and conduct research to enhance the quality of practice, the education and continuing education of internists, and the attractiveness of internal medicine to physicians and to the public.                                                                                   

Ending the Epidemic: An HIV/AIDS Discussion Series


As part of New York State’s Ending the Epidemic initiative, a series of Statewide Regional and NYC Borough discussions are scheduled to engage community partners and gather input on the HIV/AIDS epidemic, ultimately moving the Ending the Epidemic Blueprint to action.

These discussions will give physicians an opportunity to have an open forum with other local physicians to provide input on service gaps, confer strategies to end the HIV/AIDs epidemic, identify local leadership, and provide an opportunity for participants to engage in planning discussions to identify best practices, local resources and next steps in responding to key recommendations of the Blueprint.

Please follow the links below to register:


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Education

We conduct local, regional and statewide educational programs that foster excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine                     

Internal Medicine
Board Review Course


Friday, Sept. 18-Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015
Lenox Hill Hospital
100 East 77th Street
New York, NY 10065

Online Registration Open
View the brochure here

The Chapter is excited to announce that a weekend IM Board Review Course has been scheduled for Friday, Sept. 18 - Sunday, Sept. 20,  2015  in New York City. Chapter members who are preparing for Board Recertification or first-time Certification can take advantage of this unique IM Board Review course. Based upon recommendations from Chapter members who have attended previous Board Review courses, the weekend class is being offered over 3 days (Friday-Sunday).

This three-day program will cover all the pertinent topics you need to review for the upcoming Internal Medicine Exam or to begin your recertification process.

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Additional News:

2014 Financial Data About Physicians Now Available via the Sunshine Act

New Member Benefits!

CMS and AMA Announce Efforts to Help Providers For ICD-10



NYACP Legal Counsel:

Laurie Cohen, Esq., Partner at Nixon Peabody, LLP and the Chapter's Attorney provides members with support and direction through articles and answering questions relevant to general practice.



MLMIC Announces No Rate Increase for Physician Policyholders on July 1

MLMIC has released great news
for physician policyholders.  The NYS Insurance Superintendent has accepted MLMIC's recommendation for rates to remain unchanged for the 7/1/15-7/1/16 policy year.
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