Introducing Chapter Members on National Committees: Auguste Fortin

We have several members serving on national committees for the College, and I wanted to introduce you to what they are up to.  Auguste H. Fortin VI, MD, MPH, FACP, who is a member of the Yale-New Haven Medical Center (Primary Care) Program, sits on the ACP Clinical Skills Committee.  Dr. Fortin writes:

“I have had the pleasure of serving on the ACP Clinical Skills Committee from 2001-2008, and again since 2012. I chaired the committee from 2004 to 2008. The Clinical Skills Committee is responsible for the educational content of the Herbert S. Waxman Clinical Skills Center at ACP Internal Medicine meetings. The committee (aided by superb staff), requests proposals for clinical skills sessions and evaluates submissions, selecting the most highly rated ones for inclusion. These workshops range from skin biopsy techniques to ultrasound-guided lumbar puncture to using motivational interviewing for behavior change. Committee members monitor accepted workshops, evaluating their quality and providing the presenters with feedback.  We also review applications from chief residents who are competing to be Waxman Teaching Scholars at the Clinical Skills Center, learning how to teach procedures and getting feedback and mentoring from committee members. Many members of the committee help to teach hands-on skill sessions at ACP Internal Medicine. I will be doing so this spring at ACP Internal Medicine Boston; please stop by to say hello and, better still, sign up for a clinical skills workshop!”

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