Announcement: SPM to advise ACP’s new Center for Patient Partnership in Healthcare

SPM co-founder and co-chair Dr. Danny Sands is appointed our first representative

On Friday the following notice was distributed to members of our Society for Participatory Medicine. What a wonderful sign of medicine’s growing acceptance of the importance of patient-clinician partnership – and what a significant recognition of SPM as emblematic of this crucial collaboration we call participatory medicine.


Dr. Danny SandsSociety for Participatory Medicine co-founder and Board co-Chair Daniel Z. Sands, MD, MPH, has been appointed as the SPM representative to a newly formed Advisory Board of the Center for Patient Partnership in Healthcare (CPPH), recently established by the American College of Physicians (ACP).

ACP logoCPPH is guided by an Advisory Board for Patient Partnership in Healthcare chaired by Phyllis Guze, MD, MACP  past chair of ACP’s Board of Regents. The Advisory Board includes representatives from patient organizations along with ACP member physicians and other multidisciplinary clinicians. Their goal is to develop programs and offer resources that promote authentic partnerships between patients and healthcare professionals to enhance quality, safety and the experience of care.

The Society for Participatory Medicine is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit membership organization that seeks to encourage mutual collaboration among patients, health professionals, caregivers and others across the continuum of care. The Society provides a forum for its members to interact and exchange ideas on health issues, influence policy, advocate, conduct research, educate patients, caregivers, and health care professionals in best practices in participatory medicine. SPM fosters initiatives that impact the quality, efficacy, safety and viability of healthcare policy and practice.

The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 141,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness.

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