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June 2011 Richard F. LeBlond, MD, MACP, Past Governor


Past-Governor Reflections

Though hard to believe, it has been five years since I became the Iowa ACP Governor-Elect. It has been an honor to serve as Governor, and, probably like all Governors before me, I wish I had been able to accomplish more during this time. I will be leaving the Chapter in very good hands for Mark Purtle, MD, FACP takes over as Governor. As many of you know, Mark has been heavily engaged with ACP for a number of years. He has chaired our Health and Public Policy Committee for the last several years so he is very familiar with the political atmosphere surrounding health care and payment reform. He is engaged with our Representatives and Senators in Washington, D.C. through his participation in Leadership Day each May. In addition he has been an active member of the ACP PAC, and was recognized as a national Key Contact winner three years ago. The Chapter’s future is bright with Mark at the helm supported by Barb Muller, MD, FACP who is continuing as Vice-President of the Council.

The Iowa Chapter Meeting in Iowa City at the end of March was well attended and the feedback from attendees has been very positive. The workshops and the smaller more interactive sessions were especially well received so we will continue to develop that format. The hands on ventilator management and weaning session given by Dr. Greg Schmidt got rave reviews so we need to bring that back. The Chest CT interpretation and Dermatology workshops were also very highly rated as were the small group case presentations. The latter was a new undertaking this year. Joe Szot, Manish Suneja and I presented real cases to the audience and each other in a Clinical Problem Solving format. The interaction between the faculty, practicing internists and students was fun and gave everyone insight into how each of us approaches a clinical problem. This too will be on future agendas.

Winners from both the University of Iowa and the Iowa Methodist Medical Center residency programs presented clinical vignettes during the meeting. The winners—who receive an expense paid trip to the national meeting—were selected among a total of 17 residents who competed. The finalists were 1st place winners Cori M. Klykov, MD, and Loree Henderson, MD, and 2nd place winners Jon Van Der Veer, DO and Mahmoud N. Soubra, MD.

The Iowa ACP Chapter bestowed Laureate Awards on Joseph Szot, MD, FACP of Iowa City and Steven Joyce, MD, FACP from Sioux City. Joe was lured to the University from private practice in Door County, Wisconsin and has become one of the University’s leading General Medicine clinician educators. He is now an Associate Program Director for the UI IM Residency Program and Associate Chief of Staff for Graduate Medical Education at the Iowa City Veterans Administration Medical Center. Steve trained in medicine and pediatrics and for several years after returning to Sioux City and was active in the Siouxland Medical Education Foundation where he mentored family medicine residents. In 2008 he took the leap to solo practice opening Mercy Internal Medicine & Pediatrics. His command of medicine was apparent during his participation in the clinical problem solving workshop.

Laureate Award Honoree, Dr. Joyce

Laureate Award honoree Steve Joyce, MD, FACP, with Governor Richard LeBlond, MD, MACP

Laureate Award Honoree, Dr. Szot

Laureate Award honoree Joseph Szot, MD, FACP, with Governor Richard LeBlond, MD, MACP

The Iowa ACP Chapter Excellence Award was given to Peter Densen, MD, FACP. Professor Densen has held many positions at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. After joining the infectious diseases faculty in 1983, he pursued research on the complement system, especially the terminal attack complex, and developed a special interest in meningitis. He headed the major curriculum reform in 1995 which set the College on a new path for medical education. Peter was the Interim Head of the Department of Medicine serving between the tenures of Drs. Francois Abboud and Paul Rothman, and then was appointed Executive Dean of the CCOM. In January, after many years of service, Peter stepped down from his Dean’s position to spend more time with his family. Along with his wife Ellie, four generations of Densens were on hand to honor Peter. These were represented by their children, their grandchildren, and Peter’s father who happily joined in the celebration—a good time for everyone.

Excellence Award Honoree Dr. Densen

Excellence Award honoree Peter Densen, MD, FACP, with Governor Richard LeBlond, and Francois Abboud, MD, MACP

Drs. Densen, LeBlond, Joyce, Szot

Drs. Peter Densen, Richard LeBlond, Steven Joyce, and Joseph Szot

Chris Dyer, MD, FACP is leaving Davenport in August for a new position in San Antonio. The move is a sad one for us, but will be a new opportunity for Chris to take on an academic position and for his wife to pursue her musicology career. In addition to chairing our Young Physicians Committee since its inception, Chris has also chaired the Membership & Credentials Committee. He leaves a substantial legacy and big shoes to fill. He has laid the groundwork and challenged the Chapter to get more of Iowa’s younger internists—including hospitalists and subspecialists—involved through “On-the-Road” Young Physician Workshops.

At the business meeting the Chapter elected a new Treasurer. Dr. Dan Sullivan, DO, FACP from West Des Moines replaces Scott Wilson, DO, FACP. He will join the Governor’s Council.

The Chapter’s finances continue to do well. Our dues are still modest at $60 per year for the upcoming year which begins July 1, 2011. The biggest challenge to our budget will be the Chapter meeting expenses as industry support is likely to contract significantly or disappear completely over the next few years. We have always enjoyed excellent support from industry so we will need to plan for this contingency. The meeting this year was supported by educational grants from the following companies: Amgen, Astellas, Boehringer Ingelheim, Cubist, Genentech, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Salix, Takeda, and Merck. If you see a representative from any of these companies, be sure to thank them for their continued support of our meeting.

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IM 2011, San Diego

Close to forty five Iowa Chapter members attended IM 2011 in San Diego in April. The meeting was spectacular as always with more educational opportunities directed specifically at hospitalists this year. The sessions I attended were uniformly excellent. The keynote presentation by Tom Barron, MD, MACP at the Opening Ceremony was especially germane to those of us in clinical practice. It was a challenge to American Medicine and to Internal Medicine in particular to get back to basics—caring for patients. His message was that in our pursuit of medical science we have left the patients behind. You can read the transcript[PDF].

At Convocation we advanced four Chapter members to fellowship: Sadia Sait, MD, FACP, Gary Rosenthal, MD, FACP, Paul Barber, MD, FACP, and Daniel Lamptey, MD, FACP. On Friday evening we held the Iowa Reception at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego which was well attended. It was enjoyable to meet new people from around the State and get to know them and their spouses, and in some cases children. A good time was had by all.

It is with both sadness and relief that I end my Governorship. Thank you all for the privilege of serving you. I will continue to be active in the Chapter and will help Mark and the Council in any way that I can. I hope to see you in Iowa City next March for the 2012 Iowa ACP Chapter Scientific Meeting.

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