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April 2012 W. J. Many, Jr., MD, FACP, ACP Governor


President's Message

Dr. Many

I hope that all of you will make every effort to attend the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Alabama Chapter of the ACP at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, AL May 31st to June 3rd, 2012. Martin Rodriguez has assembled an outstanding group of speakers, which should be of interest to internists, subspecialists and hospitalists. A total of fourteen (14) hours of CME are available. In addition, there will be opportunities to meet with old friends and establish new relationships.

I look forward to seeing you in May - and invite a colleague, even if they are not an ACP member! The registration brochure is available on line by going to the ACP website www.acponline.org and going to “chapter meetings” to the Alabama section. You may also contact our office at 334-954-2575 for one to be mailed to you or by calling 1-800-595-9319. Don’t forget to make your hotel reservations using our booking group code #5989 and calling the Perdido at 1-800-634-8001. The deadline for our block of rooms is Monday, April 30, 2012.

Thanks!
Wickliffe, Many, Jr., MD, FACP
Governor, Alabama

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Advocacy In Action

Medical Association of Alabama hosts Congressional Visits for Alabama Physicians

Dr. Ross Vaughn and I represented Alabama Chapter-ACP at the MASA Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, DC Feb 5-7 2012. Eighty physicians, representing numerous County Societies and specialty organizations, as well as MASA staff, county executive officers, and Rural Scholar medical students, heard from influential speakers and met with our Senators and Congressmen/woman in regard to current medical issues. On Sunday evening, the group met with the Chairmen of the Alabama Senate and House Health Committees, Senator Greg Reed and Rep Jim McClendon, and discussed numerous topics on the 2012 legislative agenda - scope of practice, anti-smoking legislation, funding Medicaid, new usage fee of cigarette sales, and many other topics. On Monday morning, Richard Deem, Senior VP for Advocacy for the AMA, covered federal legislation to repeal SGR, halting implementation of ICD-10, repeal of the onerous IPAB ( which is part of the PPACA), medical liability reform (HR-5), ability for physicians to privately contract outside the health insurance system, and HR 1409 to exempt health professionals from Antitrust legislation. Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard and member of "The Beltway Boys" on Fox News, reviewed the current stalemate in Congress, which will probably continue for the rest of the current session, and dynamics of the upcoming Nov 2012 election. Dr Andy Harris, Congressman from Maryland, discussed at the lunch hour the mechanics of getting legislation through Congress and the importance of political involvement of physicians to influence policy. Later in the afternoon, the group met with Senator Jeff Sessions and had vigorous dialogue about healthcare-related issues, as well as budgetary and other current issues. The Monday evening reception in the Russell Senate Building was well attended by members of Congress and their staff, and we had ample opportunity to discuss one-on-one issues important to the group, as well as those pertinent to our specialty. On Tuesday, members met with their respective Representatives and, once again, had the opportunity to discuss current issues. I met with Jefferson County members with Rep Spencer Bacchus and one topic which he took particular interest in was the major issue of drug shortages and the negative implications for good medical care. We met with Senator Richard Shelby in his office and found it noteworthy that he now will support federal legislation for tort reform. I encourage younger members of our component society to go to future Washington meetings to learn more about current issues, the mechanics of Washington policymaking, and the ability to personally speak with our elected officials –

Pink L. Folmar, Jr., MD, FACP

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ACP Associate Activities

This was another exciting year for the Associates in the Alabama chapter! Alabama sent its team to compete in the “Doctors Dilemma” competition at Internal Medicine 2011 in San Diego, California. The team, composed of Associates from UAB, was as follows:

Cliff Courville
Aaron Grubbs
Danny Hermann

They did an excellent job and represented the chapter very well. Manny Rodriguez attended Leadership Day 2011 in Washington DC as an Associate representative for the chapter. He advocated for important programs within ACP important to residents and medical education. Our chapter provided the funds to support these residents through money budgeted each year.

At a state level, opportunities continue to become available for Associates to participate in chapter activities. The chapter continues to sponsor its annual Doctors Dilemma competition, oral clinical vignette competition, and poster competition for both clinical vignettes and research. Last year we received a record number of abstracts for the annual sate meeting. I am proud to say this year we have broken the previous record with over 40 abstract submissions by Associates for the competition.

Most importantly, our chapter explored new ideas to further stimulate increased involvement by Associates at the state level. I am excited to announce this initiative led to the formation of the Chapter Council of Associates which is modeled after the National ACP council. Each training program has an Associate on this committee representing their respective programs. Our inaugural members are as follows:

Haley Ballard – University of South Alabama
Radhika Dasararaju – University of Alabama at Birmingham-Montgomery
Erin Stevens – Baptist Health Systems
Timothy Williams – University of Alabama at Birmingham

They have done an outstanding job this year representing Associates and planning future activities!

It has been a pleasure this past year to get to work with Dr. Many, Dr. Rodriguez, the Internal Medicine Program Directors, Teri Dingler, and others in order to make our associate program one of the best in the nation.

T.J. Hundley, MD, FACP Chair, Associate Activities Alabama ACP

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Is Your Address/Email Correct with ACP?

Make sure you have the correct mailing address and email information in the ACP web database. If you are not receiving information on chapter activities, most likely, your information is incorrect. The chapter sends out informational emails in blast email form as an economical and quick way to get pertinent information to its members. From time to time, mailings are used but most often, we use blast emails. Please keep your address, work phone, and emails up to date so that chapter information, along with ACP information may be sent to you in a timely fashion! Go to www.acponline.org to access your information, or call ACP’s customer service department at 1-800-523-1546 to check your information.

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Congratulations, Dr. Wick Many!

Congratulations to our Governor, Dr. Many – First time grandfather to a new grandson! Many years of fun, loving enjoyment as grandparents to you and Chi Chi from your Alabama Chapter!

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