Official announcement of the formation

The American College of Physicians (ACP) is pleased to announce the establishment of the ACP India Chapter effective January 1, 2015.

Since July 2012, ACP has been working with the MCI Group to expand our activities in India and increase awareness of the College among Indian physicians. With the help of MCI, ACP has offered more than 30 free lectures at various institutions, primarily in Mumbai and Delhi, led by members of the Board of Regents.

ACP offered its first conference in India September 5-6, 2014, in New Delhi, with the theme: "The Burden of Non-communicable Diseases." The highly rated conference offered update sessions that included both an Indian and US speaker. Five of the 23 presentations are available online in the International section of ACP's website.

The Board of Regents approved the chapter at its meeting on November 15-16, 2014. S.B. Gupta, MD, FACP, was recently approved as Interim Governor based on a recommendation from a 10-member Steering Committee of Indian FACPs. Dr. Gupta is a Consultant Physician-Cardiologist at the Asian Heart Institute, Mumbai, and is a Past-President of the Association of Physicians of India. He will provide leadership for the new chapter and will serve as the point of contact between ACP Headquarters and ACP members in India.

India is the 16th International Chapter for ACP. Elsewhere, there are 6 chapters in Canada, 6 in Latin America, and 1 each in Japan, Saudi Arabia and Southeast Asia (which i ncludes Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore). Currently, there are approximately 12,000 ACP members outside the US.

As the chapter develops, you will have the opportunity to network with other internists in the region who are College members and participate in continuing medical education activities.