AMPA's Annual Meeting Raises the Bar
More than 200 professionals from across the country, and from many different organizations and companies, including some of the nation's leading publishing houses, attended this year's Annual Meeting of the American Medical Publishers Association (AMPA), March 13-14, at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia Hotel.
The two-day educational symposium began with a presentation by Peter Frishauf, founder of Medscape and SCP Communications Inc., exploring "The Future of Medical Publishing."
One afternoon session focused on "Accessing Medical Publishing at the Point of Care," while a second session focused on "The Changing Information Needs of the Hospital and Clinical Based Physician."
Dinner Event Honors Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
The annual meeting featured a dinner event on the first evening, where AMPA honored John Francis Dill with the 2005 AMPA Lifetime Achievement Award. Few individuals have contributed more to the growth and development of medical publishers than Dill, chairman emeritus of Mosby-Year Book Co., where he was formerly chairman, chief executive officer and president.
During Dill's tenure, the company was a subsidiary of The Times Mirror Co. of Los Angeles. Before joining Times Mirror, Dill was publisher and general manager of the professional and reference book division at McGraw-Hill. Dill was praised for his ethical leadership style, and for his artistic achievements as a composer, singer and poet. Each attendee received a complimentary CD of Dill's rendition of various romantic songs.
Another highlight of the dinner was a presentation from guest speaker Tom Andreoli, professor and chairman, department of medicine, University of Arkansas School of Medicine, Little Rock, Ark., who addressed the topic "Medical Students: What You and They Need to Know."
Keynote Explores Medicine in the Information Age
The second day began with the keynote address, "Information-Age Medicine: Opportunity and Upheaval," by Michael L. Millenson, author, Fellow, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.