TXACP Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a doctor of Internal Medicine?
  • How is the Texas Chapter of the ACP connected with the ACP?
  • How do I join the Texas chapter?
  • What is the difference between the Texas Chapter of the ACP and the Texas Chapter of the ACP Services?
  • What is the Texas chapter's relationship to ACP?
  • What is the GIMSPP?
  • How do I know which Governor to contact with questions about ACP or help with applying for Fellowship?
  • Where can I find high-quality, peer-reviewed, patient-focused medical information online to recommend to my patients?
  • How can I find a colleague for referral in Texas or the U.S.?
  • How can I purchase labels for the Texas members?
  • Question not covered here? You can ask questions of (and find answers from) our panel of experts (link).

Q: What is a doctor of Internal Medicine?

A: Internists focus on adult medicine. They care for their patients for life -- from their teen years through old age. They (To learn more please visit About Internal Medicine) 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.

Q: What is the Texas Chapter of the ACP?

A: The Texas Chapter of the ACP is College's most active and robust state societies. Our membership is large, our regional CME and general Internal Medicine statewide medical student preceptorship programs are unparalleled, and our Health and Public Policy Committee is very effective in advocating on behalf of internists and our patients.

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.

Q: How do I join the Texas chapter?

A: You must be a member of American College of Physicians to become a member of the Texas Chapter of the ACP.

Candidates for full membership must (1) be a licensed physician in internal medicine or its subspecialties if in clinical practice, (2) present evidence of satisfactory completion of an approved program in internal medicine or in neurology, or a combined internal medicine residency program, or certification in internal medicine or neurology, (3) complete a membership application. Click here to find out more.

Q: What is the difference between the Texas Chapter of the ACP and the Texas Chapter of the ACP Services?

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 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 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.

Q: What is the chapter's relationship to ACP?

A: There are regional chapters of the ACP throughout the United States and the Texas Chapter of the ACP is the regional organization of the ACP for Texas. Nationally, ACP membership includes about 141,000 members, including physicians, medical residents, and medical students. Members are physicians in general internal medicine and related subspecialties, including cardiology, gastroenterology, nephrology, endocrinology, hematology, rheumatology, neurology, pulmonary disease, oncology, infectious diseases, allergy and immunology, and geriatrics.

There are six classes of membership: Medical Student Member, Associate, Member, Fellow, Master, Honorary Fellow, Affiliate, and Physician Affiliate each reflecting various stages of physicians' careers.

Q: What is the GIMSPP?

A: The General Internal Medicine Statewide Preceptorship Program (GIMSPP) is a mentorship program offered by the Texas Academy of Internal Medicine, 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.

For Frequently Asked Questions specific to GIMSPP, click here.

Q: How do I know which Governor to contact with questions about ACP or help with applying for Fellowship?

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:

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

To contact your Governor, please reference the Chapter Board of Directors roster.

Q: Where can I find high-quality, peer-reviewed, patient-focused medical information online to recommend to my patients?

A: ACP maintains an on-line compendium of recommended links, both for physicians and for patients. Click here to continue.

Q: How can I find a colleague for referral in Texas or the U.S.?

A: Visit the ACP’s Member Connection. Members, click here to continue. ACP members can use the directory to search for a member by last name, state, city, zip or postal code, country, region, member class, or specialty.

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Q: How can I purchase labels for Texas members?

A: Members, and other organizations, may purchase a set of labels for Texas chapter members by contacting Medical Marketing, Inc. at (800) 633-5478, email request to sales@mmslists.com, or visit www.mmslists.com. Labels may be selected according to a variety of subsets, including specialty, secondary specialty, medical school, and zip code.

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