A: Internists focus on adult medicine. They care for their patients for life -- from their teen years through old age. They have undergone special study and training that focuses on adult diseases and the prevention of them. At least three of their seven or more years of medical school and postgraduate training are dedicated to learning how to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases primarily affecting adults.

To learn more, please visit ACP's article About Internal Medicine .

The Texas Chapter of the ACP is one of the College's most active and robust state chapters with more than 8,000 physicians, residents, and student members. The American College of Physicians is a diverse community of internal medicine specialist and subspecialists united by a commitment to excellence. ACP is the largest medical-specialty society in the world with 159,000 members in countries across the globe.

The mission of the Texas Chapter of the ACP is to promote quality health care for all Texans by strengthening the practice of internal medicine.

A: You must be a member of American College of Physicians to become a member of the Texas Chapter of the ACP. Membership information to ACP can be found here

A: The Texas Chapter of the ACP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is educational and charitable, providing educational opportunities for our member physicians, residents, and medical students, promoting high-quality, cost-effective health care for all patients, and encouraging high standards of professionalism and excellence in education and research.

Nonprofits with a 501(c)(3) tax status are limited by law as to the percentage of their funds that may be used for advocacy purposes. The Texas Chapter of the ACP established a 501(c)(6), Texas Chapter of the ACP Services to maximize the chapter’s ability to participate in the legislative and regulatory arenas on behalf of members, as a complement to the educational and charitable efforts of our 501(c)(3), the Texas Chapter of the ACP.

The Texas Chapter of the ACP Services is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization whose purpose is advocacy on behalf of our members and all patients before the Texas Legislature, Texas health-care agencies, and third-party payors. The Texas Chapter of the ACP Services also is actively involved in advocacy at the national level before the U.S. Congress and House of Representatives, and health and human services agencies, in conjunction with the ACP’s advocacy efforts.

The American College of Physicians maintains regional chapters throughout the United States. The Texas Chapter of the ACP is the regional organization of the ACP for Texas. Nationally, ACP membership includes about 155,000 members, including physicians, medical residents, and medical students. Members are physicians in general internal medicine and related sub-specialties, including cardiology, gastroenterology, nephrology, endocrinology, hematology, rheumatology, neurology, pulmonary disease, oncology, infectious diseases, allergy and immunology, and geriatrics.

There are six classes of membership, each reflecting various stages of physicians' careers:

  • Medical Student Member
  • Residents and Fellows-in-Training
  • Member
  • Fellow
  • Master
  • Affiliate

A: The General Internal Medicine Statewide Preceptorship Program (GIMSPP) is a mentorship program offered by the Texas Chapter of the ACP. The Preceptorship Program gives medical students an opportunity to spend time with an internist practicing in a community based hospital or clinic. Students observe the daily routine of the internist, experiencing the variety that the practice of internal medicine provides. GIMSPP is funded by a grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

To learn more about GIMSPP, please click here.

A: The Texas Chapter is divided into two regions, Northern and Southern, with a Governor elected from each region. The chapter Board of Directors determines the division of the regions into districts to provide for equal representation. Twelve of the fifteen Directors are elected from the four geographic districts of the state and three at large. Districts are divided by zip code according to the following:

  • Jack Myers, MD, FACP - Northwest: 760 761 762 763 764 765 766 767 768 769 790 791 792 793 794 795 796 797 798 799
  • Jack Myers, MD, FACP - Northeast: 750 751 752 753 754 755 756 757 759
  • Cynthia Peacock, MD, FACP - Southwest: 779 780 781 782 783 784 785 786 787 788 789
  • Cynthia Peacock, MD, FACP - Southeast: 758 770 771 772 773 774 775 776 777 778
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