The American College of Physicians (ACP) is a national organization of internists — physicians who specialize in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses in adults. ACP is the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the United States. Its membership of 129,000 includes internists, internal medicine subspecialists, and medical students, residents, and fellows.
To enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine.
I. To establish and promote the highest clinical standards and ethical ideals;
II. To be the foremost comprehensive education and information resource for all internists;
III. To advocate responsible positions on individual health and on public policy relating to health care for the benefit of the public, our patients, the medical profession, and our members;
IV. To serve the professional needs of the membership, support healthy lives for physicians, and advance internal medicine as a career;
V. To 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 the public.
VI. To recognize excellence and distinguished contributions to internal medicine; and
VII. To unify the many voices of internal medicine and its subspecialties for the benefit of our patients, our members, and our profession.
Originally approved by the Board of Regents July 1991
(Revisions approved by the Board of Regents October 1996, April 2003, July 2003, January 2004)