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May 2013 Neil E. Gibson, MSc, MD, FRCPC, FACP, ACP Governor

Governor's Forum

Dr. Gibson

Internal Medicine 2013

From all accounts, Internal Medicine 2013 was a success on many fronts. The scientific content continues to improve and has increasing relevance to Canadian Internists. In all 41 members of the Alberta Chapter registered for the meeting and I had the opportunity to catch up with some of you; usually over lunch in the exhibit hall. Apparently we had the unusual occurrence of multiple days of sun without fog in San Francisco. It is certainly a delightful venue for the meeting. Next year will be even warmer in Orlando, the dates are April 10-12 at the Orange County Convention Centre in Orlando. Keep an eye on the ACP website or your email for further information.

We also formally welcomed three new Fellows at Convocation. From left to right are myself, Dr. Narmin Kassam from Edmonton, Dr. Edward Ndovi from Bonnyville and Dr. Shahzad Zia from Edmonton. Congratulations!

Becoming a Fellow is not an onerous task, and further information as to how to advance to Fellowship can be found on the ACP website. I was also delighted to congratulate Kevin Zuo, who is a second year medical student at U of A. Kevin had a poster selected for presentation at the annual meeting. This is no small feat as the competition is stiff. Kevin’s initiative has prompted us to initiate an annual award in the amount of $500.00 to any Student or Associate member that has a poster accepted to the ACP annual meeting to support their expenses to get there. I believe that this is an entirely reasonable use of our Chapter membership dues. Applications for this travel bursary can be sent directly to me in advance of the annual meeting and will be assessed by the Chapter Executive. The deadline is two weeks prior to the Annual Meeting.

Kevin Zuo – note the board number!!

I was also happy to assist in the re-introduction of a Canadian Chapters Reception. This was reasonably well attended, and will become a regular Reception at the meeting. Again, we will keep you posted in advance of the meeting as to date and location. We would also appreciate feedback as to the actual timing of the event as we have received some comments that the time from 1900-2100 was potentially awkward. We want to maximize attendance so please contact me directly with your feedback.

Canadian Reception- unfortunately the hotel ran out of bannock and maple syrup!


Board of Governor’s Meeting

There weren’t many highlights to report from these meetings pertinent to the Alberta Chapter, but the Canadian Governors always get together to share ideas and try to brainstorm a bit.

One such idea that we tossed about was the consolidation of a National Canadian ACP sponsored meeting. We felt that we could not do this on our own, but we could piggyback onto an existing meeting. The two that would make most sense would be the CSIM annual meeting; which is already co-sponsored in most instances by the local chapter; or the Rocky Mountain Meeting which is currently co-sponsored by the Alberta and BC chapters with input from Manitoba and Saskatchewan. We are exploring both of these options and more will follow. I would be very interested in your feedback about this as well.

The next Board of Governors meeting is scheduled for September, and if there are any hot topics that you feel that the ACP can address, we are fully able to present resolutions for review and potential acceptance. For the Canadian chapters this tends to revolve around membership categories and educational materials. I am certainly keen to support previous initiatives to allow limited membership to allied health professions, as this would allow them access to the ACP compendium of materials such as Journal Watch. Let me know what you think, and perhaps we can draft a resolution for consideration.



I would encourage all members to consider advancing to Fellowship as described above. Please contact me if you have any questions or simply want to discuss this.

In addition, our chapter has one Master and I know that there are many deserving physicians out there that should be considered. This is a nomination process that can be rigorous, but I would like you to take a moment to consider who may be a candidate for this honour in Alberta. I am quite willing to take on the administrative task of shepherding this through, but would like some suggestions from the membership. The specific criteria can be found here.

The timelines for this year are tight, as the nomination materials must be in by July 1, but the nominations can be carried into the next year.

I am also prepared to speak to any audience, in particular medical students and residents, about the ACP and the benefits of membership.


International Committee

I also have the honour of serving as Vice-Chair for the International Committee. There are a number of very interesting initiatives underway which includes seting up chapters in India as well as the Pacific region. This year Colombia joined officially as a Chapter of the ACP. This part of the organization is undergoing growth, and is very interesting to watch. This impacts us as the ACP is looking outward to provided services more intensely beyond the US.

This committee also sponsors a one month observership in Canada or the US for physicians outside the US and Canada for 3-4 candidates a year. To date there are no Canadian sites, but given the focus has been on Women’s Health, I have approached the folks at the RAH in Edmonton to give this some consideration. More information about the program.


Governor-elect Election

The ACP national office will conduct elections for the Alberta Chapter in August 2013. I have appointed Christopher H. Mody, MD, FACP, FRCPC, to chair the chapter’s Local Nominations Committee (CLNC), which is responsible for identifying two candidates willing and able to lead our chapter for a four-year term following my term as Governor. Information requesting the voting membership's (Masters, Fellows, Members, and those who have been a Resident/Fellow [formerly Associates] for 2 years or more) input to nominate a new Governor for the Alberta Chapter was sent on April 4, 2013. My term is completed in 2015, but the ACP tries to allow a year of handover.


Dates to Remember

CSIM Annual Meeting – Toronto- October 2-5, 2013

Rocky Mountain Internal Medicine Meeting – Banff Rimrock Hotel – Nov 14-17, 2013

ACP 2014 – Orlando – April 10-12, 2014

Please stay in touch and contact me with any questions or issues.


Neil E. Gibson, MSc, MD, FACP, FRCPC
Governor, Alberta Chapter
American College of Physicians