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Governor's Newsletter, Winter 2000

New Governor-Elect

The Arizona Chapter was blessed with two very excellent nominees for the office of Governor-Elect. Both Dr. Keate and Dr. Carlson have broad and extensive clinical skills and academic achievements, as well as a strong interest in the College. Dr. Richard Carlson was chosen in the general election and will assume the position at the National conference in Philadelphia, in April. Dr. Carlson will then serve as the Governor-Elect for one year. Following the Annual Session in 2001, Dr. Carlson will take over as the Governor for the Arizona Chapter.

Dr. Carlson received his MD degree at USC and served as an OB resident at Los Angeles County, until called to active duty by the US Army. After his tour, which included a year in Viet Nam, he trained in Internal Medicine and later in critical care. Dr. Carlson matriculated to Michigan and was Chief of Medicine at the Carmel Mercy Hospital and was on the faculty at Wayne State University Medical School. Later he became Chief of Medicine at the University of Illinois in Peoria.

In 1994, Dr. Carlson assumed the position of Chief of Medicine at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, a position he still holds.

Let us all welcome Dr. Carlson as our new Governor-Elect.

I personally would also like to thank Dr. Ray Keate for his continuing efforts and support of our Chapter and the ACP-ASIM. He was a truly worthy candidate.

Fall Meeting a Success

The fall/winter Chapter Scientific Meeting was held at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, over the first weekend in December. The turnout was exceptional and included record numbers of Associates, as well as medical students.

Topics were presented in an update of information format. Dr. Eskild Petersen discussed emerging antibiotic resistance and Dr. James Dalen, Dean of the University of Arizona Medical School, presented new data on anticoagulation as presented by the task force proceedings published in Chest last year.

Dr. Kenneth Iserson and Dr. Jay Blum presented the opening evening session on Medical Ethics. Dr. Iserson (Emergency Medicine - University of Arizona) has published many articles and books on the subject of death and dying. Dr. Blum (Critical Care Medicine in Phoenix) has also published many articles on ethics and has done extensive research on the subject. They presented information on advanced directives, which stimulated good audience participation.

Dr. John Galgiani, Head of the Section of Infectious Disease at the Tucson VA Medical Center, revisited Coccidioidomycosis with an exciting update that clearly implied the widespread incidence of this endemic disease in our modern wide traveled society. The aim of this talk was to increase awareness and enhance early diagnosis of Cocci.

Dr. James Wilkens, Chairman - Hospital Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic Hospital in Scottsdale, presented an objective overview of hospitalists role in patient care and reviewed the pros and cons of this new phenomenon.

"Hands on" workshops were well attended in Skin Biopsy techniques, as well as office practice approach to joint injections and arthrocentesis counseling techniques for smoking and alcohol cessation, as well as weight loss.

Sunday highlights included a segment to showcase the Chapter's Community Based Teaching projects with the University of Arizona. Dr. Ana Maria Lopez moderated the session, which included Drs. Abdul Memon and Ismail Bokhari, both of whom have been active preceptors for the College. Medical students Cathy Taylor, Gail Guerrero-Tucker and Rob Truesdale described the program and their experience with their preceptors. It was clear that this form of teaching, mentoring and role model exposure is a valuable adjunct in medical education.

The final portion of the program was the Associates clinical vignette presentations. These oral presentations increase in their sophistication and presentation each year. This year all six clinical cases were exceptionally well worked up and presented.

During the course of the meeting, a record number of highly developed poster presentations by the residents of four of the six programs (Mayo, Maricopa, THMEP and St. Joseph's) were on display. All were informative and underscored the quality of the scholastic undertaking of our resident programs.

Dr. Mahendr Kochar, Senior Associate Dean for GME at the Medical College of Wisconsin, was our Board of Regent consultant. He conducted a brief discussion of the future of the College and was available for the Town Meeting. He also was an active participant in the judging of the Posters and Vignettes.

Dr. Brendan Phibbs, Chief of Cardiology at Kino Community Hospital and past recipient of the ACP-ASIM Laureate Award, was the guest speaker at the luncheon for the Associates on Sunday.

Associates Corner

The residents were present in record numbers at our last Scientific Meeting. We were impressed by the quality of the poster presentations. The judges were hard pressed to make their selections. This year four of the six teaching programs participated in the poster competition. We are hopeful that all of the programs will exhibit next year.

The winners of the competition were:

Amr Abbas, MD
Maricopa Medical Center

Nora Barsony, MD

E. Janet Castillo, MD
Mayo Clinic Scottsdale

John Showalter, MD
Mayo Clinic Scottsdale

Raghunandan Kamineni, MD
Maricopa Medical Center

The clinical vignette presentations were outstanding. All of the programs were well represented by these sophisticated works. The final winner chosen was:

Brenda Swander, MD
Good Samaritan Hospital

The top selected vignette and poster will be sponsored by the Chapter to be presented at the national competition in Philadelphia, at the spring meeting.

Chapter Awards

The Arizona Chapter was presented with its fourth annual Chapter Management Award by the College. We also received the prestigious Evergreen Award for the Chapter's role in developing the Community Based Teaching project with the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

New Fellows

Congratulations to the most newly elected Fellows in our Chapter:

Coralee McKay

Bernadette Reidy

Raymond Taetle

Advance to Fellowship

To advance to Fellowship one must meet several basic requirements and satisfy one of several pathways as outlined below.


  • Board certification - American Board of Internal Medicine, The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine.
  • Been a member in good standing of the ACP-ASIM for at least two years since completion of training.
  • Possess an active state license to practice (in good standing).
  • Confined practice of Internal Medicine or a subspecialty thereof.
  • Be proposed and seconded by a Fellow or Master with appropriate letters of support.
  • Endorsement by the Governor.
  • Document continuing scholarship and professional accomplishments, including volunteer services as a physician.
  • Document continuing professional activities: CME, teaching, public service, hospital committee work.


  • Demonstrated skill in written medical communications (including peer reviewed publications).
  • Continuing certification activities and/or teaching. MKSAP graded tests with passing score, recertification or new subspecialty certification or competency in areas such as adolescent medicine, geriatrics etc. Combined efforts of several of these parameters may qualify for advancement.
  • Active participation in multiple College activities on a continuing basis for at least ten years as well as demonstration of other professional accomplishments.
  • Distinguished patient care, teaching and other professional activity over many years.

If you are interested in Advancement to Fellowship, you may write to me and we will forward the necessary information and application forms.

Michael Grossman, MD, FACP
4001 North Third Street
Suite 405
Phoenix, AZ 85012

ACP-ASIM Annual Session

The 2000 Annual Session will be held in Philadelphia, April 13-16. Pre-convention courses as always will be available. REGISTER TODAY.

For further information on this meeting, you may call 800-523-1546, ext. 2600, or log on ACP-ASIM Online.

There will be an Arizona reception on Friday evening, April 14, at the Marriott Hotel. We look forward to seeing you there!

Chapter Scientific Meeting - 2000

Mark your calendars now. The Chapter Scientific Meeting will be held at the Scottsdale Hilton, November 3-5, 2000.

Michael Grossman, MD, FACP
Governor, Arizona Chapter