College of Physicians is pleased to join the Department of Medicine at the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga in facilitating these Grand Rounds. Tennessee ACP looks forward to close collaboration in these educational activities and invites all internists in the Chattanooga area to look for activities by ACP to enhance education and advocacy.
It is with a combination of pride and humility that I take over as Governor of the Tennessee Chapter of ACP from my very capable predecessors, not to mention with a great deal of trepidation. One of my goals as your Governor is to be more communicative with the membership as well as to serve as a two way conduit of communication between national ACP and our state chapter. The first step will occur the weekend of April 26-28, 2013 with a formal Strategic Planning session of your Council to establish what goals the membership thinks are important for our chapter to focus on during my four year term as Governor and to hold me accountable to try to achieve those goals during my term. Unless being a member of ACP is perceived to have value we cannot grow as an organization nor hope to maintain a strong membership. As a practicing internist you need ACP but we are only as strong as our numbers. You deserve a return on your investment and hopefully the strategic plan will serve as a roadmap to achieve this objective. You may have been one of the physicians contacted during a preliminary survey of the membership for this planning session and if so, I hope you took the time to provide your input. Looking forward to serving as your Governor and seeing you at the fall meeting. Save the dates of October 18-19, 2013 to meet at the Marriott in Franklin, Tennessee.
Richard G. Lane, MD FACP
Governor, Tennessee Chapter ACP
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Vanderbilt Medical Group-Williamson