Dr.HARCHARN CHANN, founder of the Cardiac Care Physicians Medical Group, has been awarded fellow ship in the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP),
Chann was accepted as a Fellow at special ceremonies in Atlanta, Georgia, last fall. However, since he did not attend, he received his certification document this month by mail.
According to an ACCP spokesperson, in order to qualify as a Fellow in the organization, a physician must already be board certified in internal medicine, as well as a subspecialty such as cardiology, pulmonary problems and specialized chest diseases. In addition, the applicant must have been practicing in the subspecialty at least 18 months following certification. Meeting these requirements, a physician is permitted to make application to the society. Two local physicians, familiar with the applicant’s work, must act as sponsors and submit letters of recommendation. The application, including the letters, curriculum vitae, etc., is reviewed by the ACCP governor followed if —by the ACCP Board of Regents, who reviews the recommendation and other materials and decide whether the physician is eligible to become a Fellow in the society.
If approved the applicant’s name is entered on a roster sent to the ACCP’s 13,000 members throughout the United States. Society members are expected to notify the ACCP if they know of any reason the fellowship should be denied.
“Being a Fellow means you have been accepted by your peers”, says Chann, who has practiced in Fresno for the past seven years, Prior to that, he spent one year as assistant professor of medicine at the University of Connecticut Medical School, Farmington, Connecticut, (after being a fellow there for one year). Following training in internal medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, he was a fellow in cardiology at Mt. Sinai Hospital, Hartford, Connecticut.
Chann is a member of several professional associations, including the American Medical Association, the American College of Cardiology, and the American Heart Association.
Membership in the ACCP, as well as the fellowship, makes for a prestigious award, according to the society spokesperson, because the society, itself, is unique. Whereas other medical societies deal with a single physician specialty such as cardiology, anesthesiology, etc., the spokesperson says, “Our society has all of these. At our meetings, all these physicians are joined together keeping up with all that’s new”.
Article extracted from this publication >> February 26, 1988