The nation's largest internists' group has changed its name to the American College of Physicians, dropping the clunky moniker of American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.
In a release today at its annual meeting in San Diego, the ACP says its board of regents approved the name change in October, and it took effect March 31.
The ACP existed prior to 1998, when it merged with the American Society of Internal Medicine to form the ACP-ASIM. The Philadelphia-based ACP had dealt with clinical and educational matters for internists, while the Washington, D.C.-based ASIM focused on socio-economic issues for internists.
Today, the ACP reports a membership of 115,000 general internists, subspecialists and medical students, making it the second largest medical group in the country, after the AMA.
The ACP, which now lacks any reference to internal medicine in its name, is also adding a new identifier: "Doctors of Internal Medicine. Doctors for Adults."