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September 2012

From the Governor

This edition of the newsletter includes information on the passing of Dr. Glenn Irwin, Jr., the Call for Abstracts for our upcoming fall meeting, an IMSIG update, and more. As always I would like to hear back from ACP members about we can be doing to bring new initiatives to the chapter. I can be contacted at jneal6@iuhealth.org or (765) 747-4350.

J. Matthew Neal, MD, MBA, FACP
Governor, Indiana Chapter


Former IUSM Dean, IUPUI Chancellor, and ACP Governor Glenn W. Irwin, Jr., MD Dies

Indiana University has lost one of its champions, Glenn W. Irwin Jr., M.D., who died Thursday morning after a brief illness.

Dr. Irwin, who was dean emeritus of the IU School of Medicine and chancellor emeritus of IUPUI, remained active with the campus long after his “retirement.” He has maintained an office, first, at Fesler Hall and, later at Fairbanks Hall, and until very recently came into the office regularly.

As dean in the 1960s, Dr. Irwin steered changes at the school of medicine that still impact the medical education system in Indiana today. Forty years ago when Dr. Irwin was Dean, the Indiana Plan was developed, which led to a coordinated statewide system of medical education centers. That is the system in place today that has allowed the IU School of Medicine to increase enrollment to stem the projected shortage of physicians in the state. It has also become the model that many medical schools are emulating.

His accomplishments as dean are many, including the construction of the first new adult hospital on the medical center campus in 40 years. His support resulted in Indiana University Hospital (now Indiana University Health University Hospital), which opened in 1970.

Dr. Irwin was a Fellow of ACP and former Governor of the ACP Indiana Chapter (1964-70).

As IUPUI chancellor, he drove the growth of programs and facilities at IUPUI, leading it to become one of IU’s two core campuses, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in sciences and liberal arts as well as business and technology. An endocrinologist by training, Dr. Irwin dedicated his life to medicine, education and Indiana University. He will be sorely missed.


ACP Fall Meeting Call for Abstracts

Indiana ACP Residents and Fellows: the deadline for abstract submission for the Fall ACP meeting is September 21 and abstracts must be submitted electronically using the Online Abstract Submission Form. The top abstracts will be selected for poster presentation at the Indianapolis meeting Nov. 9-10.


New Indiana Chapter Fellows

I would like to extend congratulations to the new Indiana Chapter ACP Fellows elected September 1:

Mitchell Goldman, MD, FACP
Lisa E. Harris, MD, FACP
Stephen J. Knaus, MD, FACP
Vidya S. Kora, MD, FACP

We hope to see all the new Fellows at Convocation in San Francisco next April.


ACP Internal Medicine Student Interest Group Update

The Internal Medicine Student Interest Group (IMSIG) is an active and rapidly expanding student run organization consisting of IUSM students from all the regional campuses and class years. Our goals are to promote internal medicine as a career choice, to provide guidance for students who chose to pursue a career in internal medicine, and to create avenues for students to engage in community service. As part of this effort we have a wide variety of events for our students throughout the year.

The academic year for IMSIG came to an excellent start with the Blackburn Men’s Health Fair in June. This is a yearly men's health fair organized by the Blackburn Health Center, where free screening is provided to hundreds of men. We had a number of students volunteer and they spent the day performing mini physical exams on the patients. Another event that was very well attended was our monthly lunch talk. Our first talk of the academic year was held on August 29th, 2012. This talk was given by the highly respected and well renowned physician, Dr. Robert Lubitz, Executive Director of Academic Affairs and Research at St. Vincent hospital. These talks are intended to promote Internal Medicine as a career and are usually given by physicians in various subspecialties. Usually an interesting topic in the field is discussed and students are given a glimpse of the path that needs to be taken in order to master that particular subspecialty. This year there will be a number of exciting talks, with Hematology/Oncology presented by Dr. Rakesh Mehta next in line for the month of September. We also hold monthly journal clubs during which medical students present and lead discussions on recent journal articles with fellow students and some residents in attendance. Due to increasing interest in the journal club this year, we were able to expand from one to two presentations per journal club.

One of the biggest events sponsored by our group is the Westside Health Fair. This is an annual event that brings together students from various specialty groups at IUSM. In the past years, we have had as many as 200 student volunteers provide health screening, education, and immunizations to hundreds of patients from the community. During the past year IMSIG provided free blood pressure checks and blood glucose checks to the attendees during the fair. This year the Westside Health Fair will be held on the on 20th October, 2012 and the students of IMSIG are hard at work, trying to make this an excellent experience for everyone involved.

Upasana Jarori, MSIV
Chair, Indiana ACP IMSIG


ACP Indiana Chapter Webinar: "Preparing Poster and Platform Presentations"

Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 6:30 pm EST

Justin Whitt, MD and Carrie Shue, PhD

Registration Link: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/503461542


1. Enable the participant to design a visually appealing poster that effectively and concisely portrays the scholarly work presented.
2. To enable the participant to properly organize relevant information into a poster or platform presentation.
3. To enable the participant to deliver an appealing oral summary of scholarly work, emphasizing effective public speaking tendencies.

Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital is accredited by the Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Presidential Election 2012

In less than three months, Americans will go to the polls to elect the next President of the United States. That choice will have a significant impact on the future of healthcare delivery in the United States.

Governor Romney has stated that he will repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on his first day in office. Conversely, President Obama's administration will work to continue their work in implementing the law across the country. Here, ACP offers a comparison of the candidates’ health reform proposals to help you navigate this election season. Updates will follow as more details emerge.


Be certain you are “set up” with Medicaid

Indiana Health Coverage Programs (IHCP) has announced a change, effective Oct. 1, involving a special provider type enrollment for physicians NOT enrolled in Medicaid but who write prescriptions, order supplies or refer Medicaid patients. After the effective date, Medicaid will no longer pay for these services from a non-Medicaid provider.

You can read more here:


Contact Information

Indiana Chapter Governor:
J. Matthew Neal, MD, MBA, CPE, FACP, FACE
Email: jneal6@iuhealth.org
(765) 747-4350; Fax (765) 751-1451

Donna Seawards
Executive Director
Email: donnaseawards@gmail.com
Ph: 623-225-5527

Chapter Address:
4319 West Clara Lane, PMB #288
Muncie, Indiana 47304