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ABIM Elects Patricia M. Conolly, MD, to Board of Directors

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Philadelphia, PA, July 1, 2010 – Patricia M. Conolly, MD, Associate Executive Director of The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG), has been elected to the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Board of Directors. ABIM sets the standards and certifies physicians practicing in internal medicine and its subspecialties who possess the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to provide high quality care.

The Board of Directors, composed of physicians who are board certified in internal medicine or one of its subspecialties, guides ABIM's overall mission and direction as it works to improve health care quality. All ABIM Directors participate in ABIM's Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. MOC recognizes that what was standard treatment a decade ago may have changed and that the public needs a process to know if their physicians have kept up-to-date in their field. Dr. Conolly is board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics.

“Patricia brings decades of experience working within a large and complex health system to this Board. During this time, she has developed valuable expertise in system analysis and improvement, team-building and strategic planning,” said Christine K. Cassel, MD, ABIM's President and CEO.

In addition to her leadership responsibilities with TPMG and teaching at the University of California Berkeley-University of California San Francisco Joint Medical Program, Dr. Conolly maintains an active internal medicine and geriatrics practice at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Oakland, Calif. She has spent her entire career with Kaiser Permanente, one of the nation’s foremost health systems, in various leadership capacities. Prior to her current position, she served for five years as the Regional Clinical Director of the Appointment & Advice Call Center operation, which applies evidence-based clinical guidelines to personalized telephone care and advice.

Dr. Conolly, who has a special interest in health promotion and wellness, completed her medical degree at the UCLA School of Medicine. A lifelong resident of the Bay area, she did her residency at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Oakland, where she served as chief medical resident from 1982 to 1983.

For media inquiries, contact Lorie Slass at 215-399-4005 or press@abim.org.

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