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ACP-ASIM to become ACP; NAIP considers name change.

The American College of Physicians--American Society of Internal Medicine has decided to truncate its name.

Following through on a recommendation of the Marketing and Communications Committee, the board of governors approved a resolution that would enable the organization to do business as the "American College of Physicians." Final recommendations on the name change will be drafted by the marketing committee and presented to the board of regents in October.

The college's return to its premerger moniker makes for an acronym that is easier to remember and harder for the media to flub. But some ACP-ASIM members think the college should have opted for an amalgam.

"It would be much more descriptive and proper if you changed the name to the American College of Internal Medicine," ACP-ASIM member Robert Sklaroff suggested at the meeting.

Dr. Walter McDonald, ACP-ASIM's immediate past vice president, responded that the name change proposal still has to clear the board of regents before it becomes official. "This is in no way a done deal."

The name change could take effect as early as 2003. A formal financial impact statement on the cost of this transition should be issued later this year.

ACP-ASIM isn't the only internal medicine organization mulling a name change. The National Association of Inpatient Physicians is contemplating a similar move. "If we're going to change the name, the word 'hospitalist' should be in it," said Dr. Robert Wachter, professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of California, San Francisco. The NAIP is "5 years old. It's a good time to think about transitions."
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Date:May 15, 2002
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