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Governor's Newsletter Spring 2001

David E. Steward, MD, FACP
Governor, Downstate Region

From The Governor

Dear Illinois ACP-ASIM: This short letter comes from the perspective of a lame duck Governor. I wrote some mostly serious parting comments in the Winter Downstate Illinois Governor's Newsletter-if you are so desperate for reading material that you want to look at it, it's on the ACP-ASIM website.

For now, a few truly final observations and suggestions

One. Please make time for yourself to go to the State and National ACP-ASIM meetings, every year. Be sure to take your guest/spouse. Go to the parts of the meetings that look good to you-to refresh your knowledge. Have some fun doing what else there is to do in the host city-to restore your spirit. It will seem like a big effort to make all the arrangements, but you'll be glad you did it. I'll see you there.

Two. In Downstate Illinois, the ACP-ASIM needs a larger critical mass of dedicated ACP-ASIM activists. Don't get me wrong there are many outstanding ACP-ASIM Downstate Members and Fellows who have made heroic efforts on behalf of the College (you know who you are!). But, we must have more. As for me, count me in for anything the Downstate ACP-ASIM needs, and please, everybody, jump in whenever the mood strikes you.

Three. Encourage a student or resident to be the best physician he or she can be, and to join the ACP-ASIM as part of their commitment to the profession.

Four. Buy and read the book "Medicine in Quotations: Views of Health and Disease Through the Ages", edited by Huth and Murray, and published by the ACP-ASIM. Examples: "Seek old physician and young barber"—Croatian proverb. "I've always been a quack. I've always been an excellent quack. The only difference between me and the quacks I don't like is that I don't try to get rich off my quackery, and I try to be honest about it."—Eugene A. Stead, 1997. And there are many, many more.

Five. Thanks, ACP-ASIM, for everything.

Six. Good luck to Stephen Goetter, MD, FACP who is going to do a great job as my successor as Downstate Illinois Governor.

Serafino Garella MD, FACP
Governor, Northern Region

The "All For Health" Illinois Coalition of Health Care Organizations sponsored by the Illinois Chapter of the ACP-ASIM has made significant progress in its efforts to achieve a more appropriate allocation of the tobacco settlement monies for the State of Illinois. As of this date, almost 90 major health professional organizations in Illinois are in support of a resolution that calls on the State to allocate all of the tobacco funds for health, including significant tobacco prevention programs. Dr. David Ansell, MD, FACP, our Chapter representative, is serving as the Chair of the Coalition. Through Dr. Ansell's efforts a consensus on a proposed legislation has been reached and will be presented to Governor Ryan and other state political figures in early February. This legislative proposal would earmark the tobacco settlement dollars to be allocated into four specific funds that will support: 1) Tobacco prevention and control; 2) Care to the medically underserved; 3) Biomedical research efforts; and 4) Public health infrastructure improvements. The Chapter is proud to have been instrumental in fashioning this unprecedented 'coming together' of so many health—related organizations that will present a united front on this particular important topic.

Drs. Ansell and Garella traveled to Springfield on Wednesday, January 31st, 2001. Together with many representatives of other organizations participating in the "All for Health" Coalition they met with several legislators of both parties in an effort to obtain support for this bill. In addition, Dr. Garella moderated a press conference, again in Springfield, on February 15, to highlight the reasons for the proposed legislation. The bill, to be named the "Tobacco Settlement Recovery Fund Appropriations Act" will be sponsored initially by Representatives Fritchey, Feigenholtz, Erwin, Klingler, and Coulson for the House, and by Senator Bomke for the Senate. Other legislators are expected to join in sponsoring and supporting it.

Within the next few days of writing these lines, all Members, Fellows and Masters will receive a letter bringing them up to date on the progress of this legislative proposal, and asking them to help by contacting their Representatives and Senators, urging them to vote in favor of this bill.

Awards Update:

The Illinois Chapter of the ACP-ASIM will again make a strong showing in the Awards category at the Annual Session in Atlanta on March 29, 2001. Julian Solway, MD will be presented with the Award for Outstanding Work in Science as Related to Medicine. Neil J. Stone, MD, FACP will receive the Outstanding Volunteer Clinical Teaching Award, and John P. Phair, MD, FACP will be made Master of the College. The Chapter Awards Committee, co-chaired by Drs. Warren W. Furey, MD, FACP and Joan Mullan, MD, FACP are to be congratulated for all their time and successful efforts in selecting these fine individuals to represent our State.

In addition, the Downstate Illinois Region and the Northern Illinois Region will each receive the Chapter Excellence Award at the Annual Session this year. This award was established to recognize those Chapters striving to reach a new level of achievement in Chapter management. This is the second year this award has been given (and the second year the Northern Illinois Region has received this award).

The Atlanta Annual Meeting:

Please remember too we will have a Jeopardy Team made up of Associates from Northwestern University participating in The Doctor's Dilemma on Thursday afternoon at the Annual Session. Dr. Ziad Sara will also be representing the Chapter at the Associates Poster Session. Eduardo Antezano, MD, Associate Member and Chief Resident at SIU also will be presenting at the Associates Poster Session. Don't forget the cocktail reception on Friday evening, March 30th, 2001 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM. It will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel in the Marquis Ballroom, Salon II.

Membership Expansion:

For the third quarter of 2000 (July-September, 2000) we welcomed 137 new Members and 165 new Associates to the Northern Illinois Region. We hope to see many of them at the Annual Session in Atlanta in March. Please remember if you know someone who is interested in joining (either as a Member or Associate) you can call (312/435-0484), e-mail (nikkikeil@msn.com) or write (332 S. Michigan Ave, Suite 525, Chicago, IL 60604) and ask that a Membership or Associate membership application be sent out. Just give us a name and address.

Elections Are Being Held For Three Illinois Council Positions

The Illinois Council represents the entire Chapter (Downstate and Northern Regions) and is currently made up of the President (David Steward, MD, FACP, senior Governor), Vice President (Serafino Garella, MD, FACP, junior Governor), Secretary (Sara Rusch, MD, FACP), Treasurer (John Schneider, MD, FACP) and Governor-Elect (Stephen Goetter, MD, FACP). According to the Chapter Bylaws, in addition there will be four representatives from the Downstate region and eight representatives from the Northern region on the Council.

Of these 12 positions, half (two from the Downstate region and four from the Northern region) are appointed and half are elected. Each Council member serves a term of two years. Currently, the following individuals serve on the Illinois Council: Downstate Gail Clifford-Mullen, MD, FACP and Lawrence Jennings, MD, FACP (one-year terms) and Craig Backs, MD, FACP and Sunil Sinha, MD (two-year terms); Northern Ray Curry, MD, FACP, James Foody, MD, FACP, Vesna Skul, MD, FACP and WayneWilliams, MD, FACP (one-year terms) and Patrick Fahey, MD, FACP, Ashutosh Gupta, MD, FACP, Patricia Russell, MD and Michael Silver, MD, FACP (two-year terms).

The terms of those individuals with one-year terms expire at the end of April, 2001. Therefore it is necessary to elect new Council members. Please note that while Downstate has two individuals whose terms are expiring and Northern has four individuals whose terms are expiring, half of these individuals or one person from Downstate and two people from Northern were appointed. A total of three individuals will be elected to the Council (one from Downstate and two from the Northern). By the time you receive this Newsletter all Members, Fellows and Masters should have received a ballot in the mail under separate cover. Please make sure you return your ballot as soon as possible.


The annual meeting in Atlanta will signal the conclusion of Dr. David Steward, MD, FACP, as Governor of the Downstate Region, and the onset of the term for Dr. Stephen Goetter, MD, FACP. Under Dr. Steward's leadership, the activities of the Downstate Region have shown a marked expansion. We all congratulate him on a most successful term and we count on his continued involvement, at the same time as we welcome Dr. Goetter in his new role. I am sure the entire membership joins me in saluting these two gifted and committed physicians and colleagues.

Community Service Committee Report

Northern Illinois Region

The Committee held it's inaugural meeting on October 12, 2000. At that meeting, committee members discussed several proposals directed at meeting the Community Service mandate of the ACP-ASIM. The first task selected was to encourage volunteerism among ACP-ASIM members. The committee felt the best way to accomplish this was to put together a list of existing volunteer medical care opportunities and distribute this list to ACP-ASIM members along with contact information. The Committee Chairs would act as liaisons and assist members with other necessary information.

Initially, the Committee intended to pursue a massive campaign using newsletter and brochures. Consideration was given to studying the impact of such a campaign, to help guide future projects. Upon further consideration, the committee decided to tie this initiative with already existing programs carried out by the college at the national level using electronic media. The ACP-ASIM website contains links to free clinics and information on volunteering and volunteer opportunities both nationally and internationally. State-specific information is easily accessible from this site. The Committee's efforts instead were re-directed at informing members of the information available at the website. The first such endeavor was contained in the winter 2001 issue of the Governor's newsletter.

The Committee intends to meet in again in March 2001, to discuss its next initiative.


Illinois Associates Council

The Illinois ACP-ASIM Associates Council has been very active since the last newsletter.

In January we sponsored a luncheon and speaker entitled "How to Contract Negotiate" geared towards Associates looking for jobs. Jamie Stuart from Karen Zupko & Associates spoke at Maggiano's Downtown with advice on what to look for in a prospective job and how to approach the contract. It was well attended and everyone there felt like they learned a lot.

The Council sponsored a trip into town by Eric Milbrandt (Chair, National Council of Associates) who spoke with us about the College's views on resident collective bargaining. Ask your program representative for information about his interesting talk. He was delighted at all we had done in our first full year as a Council.

Speaking of which, we're about to embark on our second full year as an Associate Council. Council elections for new officers are pending. We have yet to attain our goal of involvement by reps from EACH training program. We are hoping to have as many as three representatives from each. Please see your chief resident or program director to find out if your program has representatives with us or contact Daniel Dilling at ddillin@luc.edu.

Hope to see many of you in Atlanta for the Annual Session. Remember to check out the Associate events and especially the second annual "Associate Caucus".

Downstate Acp-asim Student-associate Meeting

Wednesday, May 23, 2001
1:30 PM 6:00 PM
University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria

The program will include:

  • Clinical Skills Workshop, Clinical Vignettes, Poster Session, College Bowl

  • For more information, contact Lennie Cation, MD, FACP 309/655-6453 or cation@uic.edu

ACP-ASIM Leadership Day On Capitol Hill

The ACP-ASIM Leadership Day on Capitol Hill will be held Tuesday, May 8-Wednesday, May 9, 2001. Leadership Day is an extremely important part of the overall ACP-ASIM grassroots programs. Leadership Day 2001 should prove to be even more exciting, important and informative than ever before since the political environment is unlike any ever seen in Washington: an equally split Senate that is dividing exactly down the middle committee membership and resources; a divided House in which the Republicans hold the narrowest of majorities; new chairs for three of the four major health committees in Congress; a new President elected to office despite losing the popular vote; and new heads of the Department of Health and Human Services, the Health Care Financing Administration and other health agencies.

On Tuesday, May 8th Leadership Day begins at noon with a registration and a light lunch. From 1:00-4:00 there will be in-depth presentations on key issues (such as regulatory relief and access to care) from panels of Washington experts as well as College staff. From 4:15-6:00 PM there will be workshops on "Working with the Media to Influence Elected Leaders" and "Presenting Your Views Effectively before Congress". Dinner will follow at 7:00 PM with a featured speaker, "Key Contact of the Year" award presentation as well as ACP-ASIM staff on hand to answer questions.

On Wednesday, May 9th there will be a continental breakfast from 7:007:30 AM with another opportunity to consult with ACP-ASIM staff on issues. From 7:30 to 9:00 AM there will be briefings by Members of Congress and Administration representatives. Visits with your Legislator(s) will be scheduled between 9:30 AM-5:00 PM on this day.

As you can see it is a very full schedule with the objective of accomplishing a lot. If you are interested in participating in Leadership Day 2001 and would like to be considered as a representative from the Illinois Chapter, please contact the office at 312/435-0484 as soon as possible. We would like to have a strong representation from the Illinois Chapter at Leadership Day 2001. The Chapter will reimburse the travel expenses incurred in participating in Leadership Day.

ACP-ASIM Membership And Fellowship

Becoming a Member or advancing to Fellowship is easier than you think!

Simply request the appropriate application from the ACP-ASIM Office:

332 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604

E-mail: nikkikeil@msn.com
Phone: 312/435-0484
Fax: 312/435-0487

Something Else The Acp-asim Is Doing For Members:

Discounted professional liability insurance available to members ACP-ASIM has signed a contract with The Doctors' Company that will give College members a 10% discount on professional liability insurance.

The Doctors' Company, based in Napa, Calif., is one of the largest doctor-owned liability insurance companies in the United States. It has more than $1 billion in assets and has received 16 consecutive "A" ratings from A.M. Best Company, an independent ins urance industry analyst.

The discounted coverage will be available to members in all states except Florida and New York, who already have access to chapter-sponsored insurance programs. College officials predict that members in some states will save enough from the discount to more than cover the cost of College membership.

The Doctors' Company will offer coverage that is portable between states. The insurer does not settle claims without the insured physician's consent, unless getting physician consent is prohibited by state law or if the insured is required to maintain a deductible because he or she represents a substandard risk.

For more information, call The Doctors' Company at 800-421-2368, ext. 447; send an e-mail to info@thedoctors.com; or visit the Web at www.thedoctors.com.

Preparing For The Recertification Exam?

ACP-ASIM is offering a Preparation for Recertification in Internal Medicine course at the Ambassador West Hotel in Chicago on October 1214, 2001 and again October 10-12,2002. Mahendr Kochar, MD, FACP is course director and Kesavan Kutty, MD, FACP is co-director.

Medical Student Corner

Timothy Fitzgibbons, a thirdyear medical student at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, is a candidate for the Central Region seat on the Council of Student Members of the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine. Mr. Fitzgibbons is interested in getting medical students involved in government legislative meetings as well as making his colleagues aware of the activities of the ACP-ASIM. The results of the election will be available in March.

Save The Date!! It's Never Too Early!!

Plans are shaping up for the 2001 Illinois Scientific and Associates Meeting. This year the two meetings will be held together on Friday, November 9th and Saturday, November 10th, 2001. The meeting will be held at the Thorne Auditorium and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The theme will be "Clinical Implications of the New Genetics". Dr. Bernard M. Rosof, MD, FACP, Chairelect of the Board of Regents, will be the College Representative at our meeting. On Saturday morning there will be several 'update' talks and an update on the College's legislative activities presented by Mr. Richard Trachtman, Director of Congressional Affairs. The Town Meeting will center around a discussion on the issue of ABIM Certification and Re-certification as well as on the role of the Institute for Clinical Evaluation and the ongoing efforts of the ACP-ASIM to rationalize and improve these processes. We have reserved a block of rooms at the Summerfield Suites, 166 East Superior Street, Chicago. 312/7876000, for the out-of-town attendees to the meeting.

For the most up-to-date information about the 2001 Illinois Scientific and Associates Meeting keep checking the Chapter website at. As more information becomes available we will post it on the website. In addition, registration information will be mailed out in late summer.