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Governor's Newsletter - March 2002

Mario Geller, MD, FACP
Governor, Brazil Chapter

Governor's Farewell Message

On April 14, 2002 at the completion of the ACP-ASIM Annual Session in Philadelphia I will finish my four year term as Governor of our Chapter. It has been a great privilege and honor to have served in this post. There were some obstacles and difficulties that were successfully surpassed. I will leave the Brazil Chapter with more Students, Associates, Members and Fellows. Every year of my mandate we were granted ACP-ASIM Awards: one Chapter Management Award and three consecutive Chapter Excellent Awards. The 2001 ACP-ASIM Chapter Excellent Award will be acknowledged to us next April in Philadelphia during the Regents and Governors Joint Award Session. We had outstanding Annual Sessions covering Geriatrics, Gastroenterology and Medical Genetics, all of them with international representation and covering the cutting edge of modern scientific and medical knowledge. Our audience was always quite selective. The best Medical Students were granted free registrations at the meetings. Our last Associates Poster Session was of the best possible scientific level. The Brazilian Allergy and Immunopathology Society, both at the National and at the Rio de Janeiro Chapter levels, was always enthusiastically supportive.

We were successfully represented at the Latin American Governor's Forum and we have contributed to new, original and creative projects for our Latin continent, including among others the Travelling Scholarship Program (Mini-Fellowships) and the translation of the Medical Ethics Manual into Spanish.

All of these acomplishments should be credited to our Brazilian Council, constituents of our different Committees, the ACP-ASIM American Staff and Officials. My profound appreciation and gratitude to the following Council Members, Medical Representatives, US Staff, Officials, College Representatives and International Guest Speakers:

Adolpho Milech, MD; Sergio Allan, MD, FACP; Mauro Geller, MD, FACP; Isaac Benchimol, MD; Jorge Spitz, MD; Luis Lamy, MD; Marcus Tulio Haddad, MD; Morton Scheinberg, MD, FACP; Elias Knobel, MD, FACP; Marcelo Bronstein, MD, FACP; Jorge Luiz Gross, MD, FACP; Nestor Schor, MD, FACP; Rubem Azulay, MD; Joao Ferreira de Mello, MD; Nelson Souza e Silva, MD, FACP; Jose Papi, MD; Whitney Addington, MD, FACP; Rowen Zetterman, MD, FACP; William Hall, MD, FACP; John Noble, MD, FACP; Bernard Rosof, MD, FACP; Armas-Merino, MD, MACP; Griffin Rodgers, MD, FACP; Bruce Korf, MD, PhD; Walter McDonald, MD, FACP; Joseph Johnson, MD, FACP; Eve Swiacki, Alison Dufner, Alice Coyle, Mary Bieter, Cindy Heller, Connie Clark, Helen Canavan, Joyce Crist, Judy Spahr, JZ Meeting Organizers, Lisa Landrum, Emily Brooks, Pat Suckiel, Heather Calvert, Laura Palickar, Sarah George and so many others.

Present is good but tomorrow will be even better!

A final personal message: "Life is too short not to be enjoyed". —Mario Geller, MD, FACP

Experience Annual Session - Philadelphia Style

Join the College April 11-14, 2002 and be a part of Annual Session 2002 in Philadelphia. Experience over 275 sessions covering the spectrum of internal medicine and the subspecialties. Upholding tradition, ACP-ASIM promises to offer a rich educational experience with an emphasis placed on content that is clinically relevant and practice oriented. Be Sure Not to Miss...

Clinical Pearls -
Remember those words of wisdom from your most respected clinical teachers? Those Pearls were based on an experience of depth and knowledge of medical literature of remarkable scope. Pearls are noteworthy for their clarity, timelessness, and clinical applicability.

Introduced at the 2001 Annual Session and an instant hit, Clinical Pearls rekindles the joy of bedside learning, using a highly engaging, case-based format. With the audience-response keypad-system, you'll have a chance to test the depth of your clinical acumen. You'll leave each session with a rich collection of Pearls, ready to be applied directly to the patients.

Multiple Small Feedings of the Mind -
Rated by many as the best of Annual Session, Multiple Small Feedings of the Mind uses a creative format to address some of the most common, yet challenging or controversial, patient-management issues. In these highly focused, fast-paced sessions, faculty offers answers to some of the most frequently faced dilemmas in patient care.

The Learning Center -
Experience the excitement of the Learning Center. Refine your techniques in a variety of office-based examination and procedural skills. Take advantage of small group or individual tutorials with experts in the field. The Learning Center is unique to Annual Session and offers a wide range of opportunities for closely supervised, hands-on practice. Become familiar with procedures and examinations you don't perform on a routine basis. Try out the latest software for clinical information management and patient care. The Learning Center is a dynamic collection of hands-on activities, which you can immediately apply to your clinical practice.

Update -
Keep up to date on the year's most important published papers in the subspecialty areas. Learn significant findings and their impact on patient care. Nationally recognized faculty reviews the literature and presents the year's highlights.

Experience Annual Session... ACP-ASIM ANNUAL SESSION 2002, April 11 - 14, 2002, Philadelphia, PA

Registration and other meeting information is available at (http://www.acponline.org/cme/as/2002/index.html), or contact Customer Service at 800-523-1546, extension 2600. Early sign-up is encouraged for the best selection of workshops and seating at breakfast/lunch sessions.

ACP-ASIM Email Campaign

ACP-ASIM wants your email address. In an effort to ensure that you receive urgent health communications from the College, go to (http://www.acponline.org/college/aboutacp/email_change.htm) and submit your current email address. ACP-ASIM will not sell or share your e-mail address and will ensure the judicious use of your e-mail address.

Free CD-ROM Immunization Resource to be Sent to Members

The ACP-ASIM Adult Immunization Initiative will release a CD-based Adult Immunization Toolkit the first week of April 2002. This free CD-ROM will be distributed by mail to general internist members and will be available on request to all members. It will include a variety of immunization resources, including:

  • An immunization program from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CME credit available)
  • Electronic files of all the immunization educational materials developed by the Adult Immunization Initiative
  • PDA downloads with vaccine reference information
  • A copy of the Guide to Billing and Coding for Adult Immunization
  • A presentation module including slides and speaking points for members who want to educate the public about adult immunization
  • The Adult Immunization Harmonized Schedule from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices

Additional components may include reminder recall materials, professionally designed ads to help members advertise their immunization services, and more. Copies of the CD-ROM Toolkit will also be available at the Adult Immunization Booth in the exhibit hall at Annual Session 2002. For more information on the Adult Immunization Initiative please contact Leslie Gurowitz at (800-523-1546, ext. 2477) (lgurowitz@acponline.org).

College EVP-designate Announced

John Tooker, MD, MBA, FACP, current ACP-ASIM deputy executive vice president and chief operating officer, has been appointed executive vice president and chief executive officer of the organization. A Board of Regents search committee selected Dr. Tooker from numerous candidates after a six-month search. He will assume the position of EVP and CEO on July 1, 2002. Dr. Tooker will replace Walter McDonald, MD, FACP, who is leaving the post after seven years of service.

As EVP and CEO, Dr. Tooker will be responsible for administration of the College's activities in medical education, membership services, publications, marketing and communications, and public policy.

Dr. Tooker has served as deputy executive vice president and chief operating officer of ACP-ASIM since 1995, and has been an active member and leader of ACP-ASIM for years. As deputy executive vice president and chief operating officer, he was responsible for staff and fiscal administration during a period of significant change, which included the merger between ACP and ASIM in 1998. A Fellow of the College, he has served as ACP-ASIM Governor for Maine, chair of the Board of Governors, and as a member of the Board of Regents.

A board-certified internist and pulmonologist, Dr. Tooker is adjunct professor and practices part time at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, an alternate delegate to the American Medical Association, and is a member of the American College of Physician Executives, the American Thoracic Society and the American Society of Association Executives. At the local level, he is a member of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, the Philadelphia County Medical Society, and is a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

Dr. Tooker received his medical degree from Colorado University and completed an internship at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York. He was a resident in internal medicine at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York and at the University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver. He completed fellowships in pulmonary medicine at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine, and in pulmonary medicine research at the University of Washington in Seattle. He served as assistant chief, department of internal medicine and program director of the internal medicine residency program at the Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. Dr. Tooker received his MBA from the Fox School of Business of Temple University. He and his wife Nancy have two children.

Drug Prescribing in Renal Failure Now Available for Palm OS

The best selling ACP-ASIM book, Drug Prescribing in Renal Failure , is now available as a Palm handheld computer application. Containing information on over 450 drugs, this is the most extensive collection of drug-dosing information ever published for patients with impaired renal function.

Factors for determining drug dosage are available at the tap of a button. A GFR calculator, including an ideal body weight calculator, is built into the application.

The Palm application is available for $19.95. The application and the Drug Prescribing in Renal Failure book can be purchased for $39.95 (members $34.95).

For ordering information and a free demo, visit (http://www.acponline.org/pda/). (Please note this product is only available as a download from the web, so it must be ordered through www.acponline.org.)

ACP-ASIM Announces Bioterrorism Response Recommendations

At a press conference held in Washington in late November, ACP-ASIM President William J. Hall, MD, FACP, announced that the College is initiating steps to help primary care physicians respond to a biological or chemical attack. Those steps are outlined in a new position paper on bioterrorism.

In addition to expanding ACP-ASIM's Bioterrorism Resource Center, Dr. Hall said that the College is making a series of recommendations to procure more resources for physicians from federal, state and local governments and public health departments.

The College's recommendations call for increased funding for health departments and hospitals to help them develop crisis management strategies, stock adequate supplies and expand training for medical personnel. The full text of the College's bioterrorism position paper is online at (http://www.acponline.org/hpp/attack_prepare.htm).

The College has also added new information to its Bioterrorism Resource Center to help physicians distinguish diseases caused by biological agents from other conditions. Images include cutaneous anthrax, smallpox and an inhalation anthrax chest X-ray. The Bioterrorism Resource Center is available online at (http://www.acponline.org/bioterro/index.html).

How To Contact Us

Mario Geller, MD, FACP
Governor, Brazil Chapter
Rua Alberto De Campos, No. 180, Apt. 201
Ipanema RJ, Rio De Janeiro, 22471-020

Phone: 55-21-287-2196
Fax: 55-21-287-4360
Email: gellerm@attglobal.net