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Report from the Governor's Desk- March 2010


Register Now For Doctor's Day on the Hill!

Registration is currently ongoing for AZ-ACPís first ever Doctorsí Day on the Hill. This day-long event will provide members with an opportunity to learn more about the Arizona political process, as well as to advocate on behalf of the ACP-AZ and internists throughout the state.

Participants will start the day with a working breakfast that includes an educational session and briefing, followed by a hands-on look at the legislature in session. Key legislators will meet with participants for a facilitated discussion over hosted lunch. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with local legislators to discuss issues important to healthcare delivery and the practice of internal medicine.

Join us on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 from 7:30am Ė 3:00pm at the Arizona State Capitol (1700 West Washington, Phoenix, AZ, 85007) for a day of networking, education and advocacy.

Please visit http://www.acpadvocacy.eventbrite.com for more information and to RSVP. Registration for this event is free. Should you have any questions, please contact ACP-AZ staff member Wesley Lewis.

We hope to see you all at Doctorsí Day on the Hill!


Save the Date For AZ-ACPíS 2010 Chapter Meeting

Please mark your calendar for the Arizona Chapter of the American College of Physicians annual chapter meeting on Friday-Sunday, September 10-12, 2010, at the Arizona State University, Memorial Union, Tempe, Arizona!

Howard Shulman, DO, FACP, FACOI is the Program Chair. The theme for the meeting is "Emerging Concepts: Overcoming Challenges in a Changing Environment." Dr. Shulman and the Planning Committee have identified topics and speakers to address critical developments in our field. Come participate in in-depth Scientific Sessions. Additionally, medical students and residents will be taking part in the poster competition and in the Doctor's Dilemma Jeopardy competition. Come support your team!

This will be a great educational event and an opportunity to meet faculty, residents and students from programs and hospitals throughout the state of Arizona. We welcome your participation as we discuss recent medical advances and local and national health policy issues affecting the practice of medicine.

Look for the full program schedule as well as registration information online in the next few months. We welcome you and look forward to seeing you there!


Comment on MSC Policy Paper

This Medical Service Committee (MSC) initiated policy paper, 'Healthcare Transparency -- Focus on Price and Clinical Performance' is being posted for 30 day review. It introduces the general issue of healthcare transparency and proceeds to focus on price and clinical performance transparencyówith particular emphasis on issues related to physicians and their relationships with healthcare patients/consumers. It offers an overview of significant issues and activities related to this subset of transparency, reviews current ACP policy and provides new policy recommendations where required. Please submit your comments to Wesley Lewis by Wednesday, April 7, 2010.


Save the Date - National Leadership Day

The eighteenth annual Leadership Day on Capitol Hill 2010 will be held on May 18-19, 2010 at the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L'Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, D.C.

Leadership Day enables the College to increase its presence on Capitol Hill and bring our issues of concern to U.S. lawmakers. This two-day event provides ACP members with advocacy and/or media training, an update on the College's priority legislative issues, briefings from Members of Congress, White House officials, and key Capitol Hill staffers, and an opportunity to meet with your state's elected officials. A special briefing for associate and medical students is also provided.

Mark your calendars today for Leadership Day 2010 on May 18-19. More details will follow soon. For more information as well as registration information, please visit http://capwiz.com/acponline/home/LD.

Congratulations Brandon Abbott and Vijay Doraiswamy

AZ-ACP members Brandon Abbott and Vijay Doraiswamy have been selected as recipients of the 2010 Joseph E. Johnson Leadership Day Grant. Grants are provided to cover Young Physician, Associate, and Medical Student membersí expenses to attend Leadership Day 2010, being held May 18-19, 2010. These grants are being provided through the Joseph E. Johnson Fund and a grant provided by Pfizer. Eight grants are available for young physician members, 12 grants are available for Associate members, and 8 grants are available for Medical Student members.

On behalf of the Arizona Chapter of the American College of Physicians, congratulations to Brandon and Vijay for receiving these grants!


Monthly MACP Showcase

Masters comprise a small group of highly distinguished physicians, selected from among Fellows, who have achieved recognition in medicine by exhibiting preeminence in practice or medical research, holding positions of high honor, or making significant contributions to medical science or the art of medicine. Masters must be highly accomplished individuals. Evidence of their achievements can come from many types of endeavors, such as research, education, health care initiatives, volunteerism, and administrative positions. The Master must be distinguished by the excellence and significance of his or her contributions to the field of medicine.

Dr. Joseph Alpert, MD, MACP

Dr. Joseph Alpert, MD, MACP

Joseph S. Alpert, MD, MACP is Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine and Director of Coronary Care at the University of Arizona College of Medicine at Tucson. Dr. Alpert is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Alpert has served as Staff Cardiologist and Director of the Coronary Care Unit at Naval Medical Center San Diego, Director of the Samuel A. Levine Cardiac Unit at Brigham Hospital and Director of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. From 1992-2005 he served as Chief of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Dr. Alpert has authored 48 books and monographs and more than 600 publications, including original articles, book chapters, reviews, and editorials. He is the current editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Medicine.

AZ-ACP: How long have you been a member of the American College of Physicians?

Joseph Alpert, MD: Iíve been a member since 1977.

AZ-ACP: Why did you originally decide to join the ACP and why have you remained a member throughout the years?

J.A.: While I was still in training, one of my mentors, Lewis Dexter, told me that there were two organizations that I needed to join: the American Heart Association and the American College of Physicians. The American College of Physicians is a great organization; membership serves as a way of saying that you are a member of an excellent group of internists throughout the country. Iíve attended both the local and national meetings throughout the years and they have been outstanding. I would encourage any young member to get involved.

AZ-ACP: What are some of your proudest academic or professional achievements?

J.A.: Well, in 2004 I received the Gifted Teacher Award from the American College of Cardiology. That certainly was a high point. Additionally, my 14 years as Chief of Medicine here at the UofA College of Medicine was very rewarding. That was a really challenging time for the college and medicine, and I feel like we did some really great work during my time there. Finally, being named editor-in-chief at the American Journal of Medicine has been a great honor.

AZ-ACP: Tell me more about your post as editor-in-chief of the journal.

J.A.: My mother was a journalist, so Iíve been taught the importance of being able to write and Ė more generally Ė to communicate clearly from a very early age. Iíve always done a lot of writing, and I think that itís very important. Earlier on in my career, I was on the editorial board of a number of smaller journals, and I enjoyed that quite a bit. When the position at the American Journal of Medicine opened up, I thought to myself that I should shoot for this position. It really is quite rewarding to work on the journal. I write quite a bit Ė almost every month Ė and I am always very excited to see the submissions that come in for every issue. It really is very rewarding.

AZ-ACP: How do you maintain a healthy balance between work and the rest of your life?

J.A.: Well, Iíve been blessed with a great amount of energy; that certainly helps. Beyond working hard and keeping organized, having a good mentor is key. It doesnít matter whether you are in a large or small practice setting. Itís very important to have someone who can help guide you and help you along throughout your career. They can also put you up for fellowship in organizations such as the ACP.

AZ-ACP: What are some of the challenges that you think the current health care system is facing, on the state or local level?

J.A.: I think itís become quite clear that we need health insurance for everyone in the country. So many medical disasters occur because people delay in getting health care for themselves. We also need to do it as cost effectively as possible, however. The ACP has been a great advocate for legislation that would provide health care for everyone in a cost-effective manner.

Itís important to realize that legislation can change. Medicare in 2009 is vastly different than it was at the time of its introduction. Is the current legislation perfect? No. However, I think itís important to be able to get something passed and continue to tweak it until itís perfect.

AZ-ACP: Dr. Alpert, thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us.

J.A.: My pleasure.


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