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Governor's Newsletter, Winter/Spring 1999

Editor, Norm Wilder

Well, it looks as though spring is just around the corner despite the recurring snow these past weeks. Here's what's happening.

Chapter News

Regional Meeting - Well, Rich Neubauer has done it again. Yet another great meeting "Emerging Infectious Diseases," is scheduled for June 24-26, 1999, at Providence Hospital. The faculty is superb and the topics timely. Antibiotic resistance was selected as the College's main clinical theme this year AFTER Rich had already selected the topic. This year's meeting is being co-sponsored by Alaska Regional Hospital and Providence Hospital with support from our friendly pharmaceutical companies as well. Please mark your calendars.

Thursday, June 24, 1999

10:00 AM Introductory Remarks
10:15 Preventing Emerging Infectious Diseases: A Strategy for the 21st Century
Jay Butler
11:15 The Challenges of Controlling Epidemic and Pandemic Influenza
Keiji Fukuda
12:15 PM Lunch (provided)
1:15 Antibiotic Resistance - A Modern Plague
Robert Moellering
2:15 The Emergence of Pneumococcal Antibiotic Resistance
Ben Schwartz
3:15 Evolution of Pneumococcal Resistance in Alaska
Alan Parkinson
4:00 Break and Refreshments (provided)
4:30 The Enterococcus: The Paradigm of the Problematic Pathogen
Robert Moellering

 

Friday, June 25, 1999

10:00 AM Unraveling the Mysteries of Bartonella Species as Emerging Pathogens: From Oroyo Fever to Cat Scratch Disease to Bacillary Angiomatosis
Jordan Tappero
11:00 Designing Antimicrobial Agents for Emerging Infections
Robert Moellering
12:00 PM Lunch (provided)
1:00 Chlamydia pneumoniae and Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease: A Causal Association?
Lisa Jackson
2:00 ACP Update
Sandra Fryhofer
3:00 H. pylori as an Emerging Pathogen
Martin Blaser
4:00 Free Time
6:00 Banquet: Anchorage Museum of History and Art Dinner

Reflections on Tracking Killer Viruses
CJ Peters

 

Saturday, June 26, 1999

10:00 AM Overview of Hemorrhagic Fever Viruses
CJ Peters
11:00 Vaccine Strategies and Developing an AIDS Vaccine
David Baltimore
12:00 PM Lunch (provided)
1:00 Townhall Meeting
Sandra Fryhofer
3:30 Third Annual Flattop Climb
(weather permitting)

Faculty

  1. Sandra Fryhofer, MD, President-elect, ACP
  2. David Baltimore, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate, President, California Institute of Technology
  3. Martin Blaser, MD, Vanderbilt University
  4. Jay Butler, MD, Arctic Investigations Program, CDC
  5. Keiji Fukuda, MD, MPH, Influenza Branch, Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases, CD
  6. Lisa Jackson, MD, MPH, University of Washington
  7. Robert Moellering, MD, Chairman, Department of Internal Medicine, Beth Israel Hospital
  8. Alan Parkinson, Ph.D., Arctic Investigations Program, CDC
  9. CJ Peters, MD, Special Pathogens Branch, Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases, CDC
  10. Ben Schwartz, MD, Respiratory Diseases Branch, CDC
  11. Jordan Tappero, MD, MPH, Meningitis and Special Pathogens Branch, Division of Bacteria and Mycotic Diseases, CDC

Please make note of the following:

  1. This year's dinner will be on Friday evening rather than the traditional Saturday evening. It will still be at the Anchorage Museum and will be a great catered meal. Guests are welcome, but note the additional charge.
  2. Please see if you can participate in the annual Flattop hike scheduled after the meeting on Saturday. Last year we had 15 hikers - the more the merrier!
  3. One of the hallmarks of our meeting is the fact that we host the speakers and out-of-town ACP members at our homes: kind of a B&B. This has been highly successful and fun for all. Let me know if you can participate and I'll try to match you up with a guest(s). Thanks in advance.

New Master, Rod Wilson, became Alaska's first MACP in the ACP

Mastership in the ACP is the highest level of membership. Rod will be inducted during a ceremony at the ACP Annual Meeting in New Orleans this April.

There are six classes of ACP membership: Medical Student, Associate, Member, Fellow, Master, and Honorary Fellow, each reflecting various stages of physicians' careers. At the present time there are only 334 Masters in the College. Mastership is awarded to those few individuals who have made major contributions to the field of Internal Medicine. In the past, this designation was reserved for Department Chairs and other academic 'giants' in the field. More recently, however, the College has wished to recognize non-academic based Internists who have made major contributions to their local community. Rod fits that bill.

Rodman Wilson was born in Nacogdoches, Texas, some 77 years ago. He attended Princeton University and the John Hopkins School of Medicine. He interned at Bellevue Hospital in the "Big Apple" and then did an internal medicine residency at Cincinnati General. Rod served as Chief of Medicine at the Cincinnati VAH and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati and the University of Colorado. Rod moved to Alaska in 1958.

Rod practiced Internal Medicine in Anchorage from 1958 until 1982. During that time he initiated the weekly Medical conference at Providence Hospital (which continues to this day) and chaired the Providence Hospital Credentials Committee for 20 years. He was also President of the Anchorage Medical Society, President of Alaska State Medical Association and chaired numerous committees. He was named Physician of the Year for Alaska on three different occasions, the last after he retired from active practice. Rod is also credited with the early development of what was to become the Alaska Chapter of the ACP and was its first Governor from 1977-1981. He was an active, mountain climber and champion of the Alaska Mountaineering Club and wrote many articles on "mountain medicine." Rod and his wife Gwenneth were also the proud parents of five children.

Following his retirement Rod went on to become the Municipality of Anchorage Health Officer, Commissioner of the Alaska Public Offices Commission, and also ran as Democratic Candidate to the State Legislature. More recently he served as the interim Director of ASMA until Mr. Jordan's arrival. Of the many letters written on Rod's behalf to the ACP Nominating Committee, one came from Governor Tony Knowles with whom Rod had worked. Others referred to Rod as the "C. Everett Koop" of Alaska.

All Alaskan MD's, but especially our Chapter Members, should be proud of Rod's accomplishments and this honor. Please join me in offering Rod a well deserved "well done."

New Fellow - Nelson Isada, was elected a Fellow on January 1st of this year. Although Board Certified in four (yes, I said "four") fields, including Internal Medicine, Nelson predominantly practices high risk OB here in Anchorage. I would like to encourage all Chapter members to consider advancement. There are four pathways to Fellowship. Please do not hesitate to contact me for questions or applications.

New Members - Kristin Mitchell, MD, an internist trained at the University of Washington has joined Drs Bramante, Crane, and Kelley in Soldotna; and Jean Glossa, MD has relocated with her family to Sitka to practice Internal Medicine at the Moore Clinic. Welcome and congratulations to all!

Iditarod Sled Dog Race Update - Bob Bundtzen, MD, FACP, Chapter Journal Club Director and Council Member has just finished his second Iditarod run. Congratulations, Bob. Beth Baker, MD, FACP, has previously run the Iditarod.

Journal Club - The Chapter had another Journal Club meeting on March 11th at Norm Wilder's home. Ten Chapter members joined Marvin Turck, MD, MACP, (nationally known ID specialist) for an informal discussion of ID issues. Please keep a head's up for future meetings.

E-Mail - My email list continues to expand. If you change yours or get a new one, please let me know and I'll add you to the list. My e-mail address is at the end of this newsletter.

Alaska's "Almost Regent" - Many of you saw the article in the November ACP Observer about the recent Board of Regent candidates and recognized "one of our own," former Alaska Chapter Governor, Norm Wilder, MD, FACP. The ACP's Nominating Committee in October nominated twice the number of candidates, as there were positions open. In January, the members of the current Boards of Governors and Regents voted, and Norm (unfortunately!) was in the 50% group that didn't get selected. Several members of the Chapter were hoping for the first ever Alaska Master and Alaska Regent this year - we got 50%!

Card Project - As you may recall, the Chapter has developed a donation card that will raise monies dedicated to a scholarship fund as well as serve your practice. The actual card can be seen at our web site and will be available during our Chapter Meeting. The cards are pre-paid at $5 a piece. Sales got off to a booming start but have slowed. Please consider incorporating them into your daily practice.

National News

The PAC - Last year I reported that the BOG had approved and sent on to the BOR for final approval, the creation of a PAC (political action committee). Although our Chapter opposed this resolution, it passed overwhelmingly. The BOG did stipulate that the PAC would be totally self-supporting with no dues being used. However, the BOR has requested further input from not just the Chapter Governors but Chapter members as well. Please review the pros and cons of having a PAC and let me know what you think. Personally, after some careful review, I have changed my mind. A College PAC if properly done and managed correctly could help facilitate the College Missions and Goals. I need your feedback, however.

College Successes - (A) Last year the College successfully delayed institution of new E & M coding. It will be back in some form this year, but the College will be monitoring this issue carefully. (B) The College also opposed new Medicare user fees that would have levied a $100 enrollment fee for "participating" MD's as well as a $1 charge per paper claim. Currently, they have not become law. (C) The Lethal Drug Abuse Prevention Act was also derailed. It was felt by the College to potentially harm "end of life care" and to interfere with the patient-physician relationship. (D) The College is also heavily involved in attempting to curb the "fraud and abuse hysteria" currently gripping the Capitol.

Our College (the ACP) is continuing its efforts to defend: the rights of patients, the maintenance of high medical standards and the improvement of the practice of Internal Medicine. It depends, increasingly, upon the participation of its membership for accomplishing its mission. Please support both our local Chapter and the National (really international) organization by getting involved today. Please contact me!

Thanks and hope to see you in April in New Orleans and June in Anchorage.

Steve (sbtucker@alaska.net)