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District of Columbia Chapter


Governor's Message

Michael S. Gold, MD, FACP

Dear Colleagues:

I wish you the best of season’s greetings and a happy, healthy New Year. I hope the new year will bring to medicine many good things-but as I evaluate the position that medicine is in, and the muddy waters surrounding us, I seriously wonder if any good can befall us. As most will know, the health care agenda is under serious attack. The Super Committee has failed to find some reasonable solutions and the law is moving to set automatic draconian cuts to many programs. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court will be meeting soon to review many aspects of the Affordable Care Act and in particular the personal mandate to buy health insurance. Reasonable leadership is needed throughout. A positive aspect is that the voice of ACP has become more recognized in the process of advising and has really helped to keep many of our congressional leaders educated in a sensible respected way.

Many of you missed a very successful Fall Annual Chapter Meeting which was held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Chevy Chase, DC on November 19. We are grateful for the work of the Program Committee and especially the vision of program chair, Dr. Shmuel Shoham. There were several new aspects to this year’s program -- a new venue, a combination with the Governor’s Awards Ceremony as a luncheon, and a focus that was for the most part on policy issues. Having just reviewed the evaluation forms, most if not all the new aspects of the program were received successfully. So for future scientific meetings we may continue the use of a local hotel with ease of parking and access. Most have accepted having a Governor’s Awards luncheon as part of the meeting. The great majority have asked for the program to be on one weekend day, e.g., Saturday; most thought November is good. Some new meeting suggestions have emerged which are worth considering: for example several small topic brief dinner meetings might be held and with a focus narrower than the “big meeting.” An example might be for the practicing young doctor (legal or financial aspects).

Another issue may be whether it is practical or feasible to conduct the Associates Program (Spring meeting) in such a location. An alternative may be a hospital or medical school sponsorship. The “fix” is regarded as temporary while the military (USUHS) finishes its transition move. I’d appreciate more widespread commentary from the membership on the venue, and the issue of the combined programs. There still is the option of meetings combined with PriMED. There seems to be still much support for the typical program of clinical review and update type lectures. This year it seemed to us the key issue was the enormous impact that the Congress and party politics will have on medical practice. That type of material isn’t easily found on “Up to Date.”

For those who missed it, we had excellent talks from Dr. Peter Beilenson (A Health Care Delivery Model), Dr. Lloyd B. Minor, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Johns Hopkins University (Delivery of Health Care Policy), Current status of Health Care Policy and ACP postures-Richard L. Trachtman, JD, Director Legislative Affairs American College of Physicians –and George Ruiz, MD-Where health care delivery meets the needs of patients. A fair amount of discussion and opinion sharing followed each talk.

The Governor’s Award Luncheon followed and the format was well received.. We are pleased to acknowledge our new Masters awarded within our chapter membership. Congratulations to Dr. John F Stapleton and Dr. Paul L. Kimmel.

As noted above, we honored several members with awards at the chapter meeting.The Chapter Leadership Award was given to Dr. Shmuel Shoham. The recipient of the Chapter Laureate Award was Dr. Lawrence S. Lessin, MACP. The Sol Katz Teaching Award was given to Dr. April Barbour (George Washington University) and Dr. Burton Lee (Washington Hospital Center). The Walter Lester Henry Jr. Memorial Award for Lifetime Teaching Excellence was presented to Dr. Charles L. Curry (Howard University) and Dr. John E. Bennett (National Institutes of Health). The Community Service and Volunteerism Award was given to Dr. Raymond Martins of the Whitman-Walker Clinic. Please join us in congratulating them!

We also acknowledged the fine work of geriatric physicians , Drs. Eric Dejonghe and Stephanie Bruce for their active roles in establishing the Washington Hospital Center’s House Call Program for the Homebound Aged which won a Rosenthal I National ACP Award.

Future Agenda items to be looking for:

Health and Public Policy Committee TBA (January) - prepare and review resolutions .

Governor’s Council TBA (January) - Salary support for executive Director, Corporate Officers, Program Director’s and Chief Residents

TBA (January) - planning for Spring Associates Meeting

Maryland Chapter Meeting, February 3-4, 2012, Turf Valley Resort, Ellicott City, MD (information can be found on their chapter Web site at http://www.acponline.org/about_acp/chapters/md/news_meet.htm)

Annual National ACP Internal Medicine Meeting, New Orleans - April 19-21, 2012

As announced at the November 19, meeting, DC Chapter Governor-elect Alice Fuisz, FACP and I are looking for members who wish to participate in the leadership and direction of your chapter. Volunteer and Join us for Committee Participation. Please make your voice be heard !

Again, a happy, safe and healthy holiday season. May we find a sense of common purpose in our Government.

Michael S. Gold, MD , FACP

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Call for Fall 2012 Board of Governors Resolutions

Are you concerned about a practice or clinical issue or have an idea you'd like to suggest? If so, you might consider submitting a resolution to your Governor or chapter council. Initiating a resolution provides ACP members an opportunity to focus attention at the ACP national level on a particular issue or topic that concerns them. Participating in the Board of Governors resolutions process provides the ACP grassroots member a voice and allows you to shape College policy that impacts the practice of internal medicine. When drafting a resolution, don't forget to consider how well it fits within ACP's Mission and Goals. In addition, be sure to use the College's Strategic Plan to guide you when proposing a resolution topic.

If effecting change interests you, the deadline for submitting new resolutions to be heard at the Fall 2012 Board of Governors Meeting is March 20, 2012. Members must submit resolutions to their Governor and/or chapter council. A resolution becomes a resolution of the chapter once the chapter council approves it.

Not sure how to begin drafting a resolution? Researching the College's position on an issue can give you a start. Visit the ACP Online homepage and click the "Advocacy" link in the right-hand, top margin to access ACP policy positions, read about recent ACP advocacy activities, or search the ACP's Public Policy Virtual Library (PPVL). Visit your chapter website, too, and click the link under "Advocacy" to access Electronic Resolutions System (ERS) where you can search past or proposed resolutions. A copy of the resolutions process is available on the ERS which furnishes more details on formatting resolutions, as well the process for submission, review, and approval.

Share your good idea with us. Draft a resolution.

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Strengthen Our Chapter: Participate in ACP’s Recruit-a-Colleague Chapter Rewards

The American College of Physicians and the Chapter encourages all members to help strengthen the voice of internal medicine by recommending ACP Membership to colleagues. By joining the College, your colleagues will enrich their clinical knowledge and skills and have access to all of the ACP member benefits that you enjoy.

To thank you for your dedication to our organization, ACP offers incentives to members and their chapters that recruit new members through the Recruit-a-Colleague Chapter (RACC) Rewards Program.

As with the national Recruit-a-Colleague Program, the RACC Program rewards successful individual recruiters with dues credits for each new full Member recruited and a chance to win a trip to the annual Internal Medicine meeting. In addition, the RACC Program also provides rewards to the recruiters’ chapters. The Recruit-a-Colleague Chapter Rewards Program runs annually from April 1 through March 15.

To participate, simply forward to your colleagues the Membership application found at www.acponline.org/racc. To qualify for the program, your name must be listed on the recruiter line of this specially coded application.

To learn more, please visit the Recruiter site.

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Photo Gallery

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Leonard Wartofsky,MD, MACP Chair, Department of Medicine at Washington Hospital Center, presents the DC Chapter's Sol Katz Memorial Teaching Award to Burton Lee, MD.

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Teaching Award

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Chapter Excellence Award Winner

Chapter Excellence

I am pleased to announce that our chapter is in receipt of the 2011 Chapter Excellence Award! The award recognizes chapters which successfully meet the standards for managing a chapter. In order to achieve the Chapter Excellence Award, chapters must meet all basic criteria and seven optional criteria. Criteria include such activities as formulating an effective Governor’s Council and committees, communicating frequently with membership, providing educational opportunities, recruiting and advancing members and celebrating membership through local awards. I would like to extend a special thanks to those chapter members who assisted me in all of these endeavors! For their hard work and dedication, we received this award.

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DC Chapter Young Physicians Group

The D.C. Chapter of the ACP will be starting a Young Physicians group, paralleling the efforts of other chapters around the world. The ACP defines a young physician as a member of the ACP who is within 16 years of graduating from medical school and who is not a student member or Associate member. We are seeking members who meet this definition and are interested in assuming leadership positions within this new section. This Young Physicians group will allow opportunities to network with other young physicians, ensure that the views of young physicians are reflected in local deliberations and discussions, and most importantly encourage young physicians to become involved in local political advocacy for Internal Medicine. Volunteering to lead our Young Physicians Group is a great way to get involved in your local chapter, involvement that often leads to other leadership opportunities at the local and national level. Please let me know if you would be interested in finding out more about this opportunity via email at alicefuisz@aol.com.

Alice Fuisz Governor-elect
ACP DC Chapter

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New Master in the College- Paul L. Kimmel, Washington, District of Columbia

Congratulations to Paul L. Kimmel of Washington, District of Columbia. He has been awarded Master of the College. ACP Bylaws state that Masters shall be Fellows who have been selected because of “personal character, positions of honor, contributions towards furthering the purposes of the ACP, eminence in practice or in medical research, or other attainments in science or in 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.

For Mastership, ACP involvement is expected, with rare exceptions. This may include, for example, service to the College in an official capacity, participation in chapter activities, and involvement in the development of College products and educational programs.

Congratulations again to Dr. Paul L. Kimmel. He will be honored during the Convocation Ceremony at Internal Medicine 2012 in New Orleans.

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What's New

Contact Information

Alice L. Fuisz, MD, FACP
Governor, DC Chapter

Chapter Support Staff
Ann Tennett
Executive Director
Phone: 540-631-0426
astacp@hotmail.com