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Introduction

It is again a pleasure to update everyone on the activities of our chapter and its members as well as the national ACP. In this issue you will read about our successful Associates and Louisiana-Mississippi ACP meetings as well as Internal Medicine 2011, which was recently held in San Diego from April 7-9, 2011. As you can see, our chapter is vibrant and comprised of many dedicated and talented members. I look forward to continuing to work with you to promote Internal Medicine and the ACP in the state of Louisiana. Best wishes for a safe and relaxing summer.

Fred A. Lopez, MD, FACP
ACP Governor, Louisiana Chapter

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Louisiana Associates Meeting 2011

The Tulane Health Sciences Center in New Orleans hosted a successful and well-attended Louisiana ACP Associates Meeting on Thursday, January 26, 2011. Approximately 125 abstracts were received from medical students and residents from across the state and the 26 most highly ranked abstracts were chosen for presentation. Bruce Greenstein, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, presented the annual Gordon Lecture. In addition, the entertaining Master Clinician round table discussion of unknown cases was included in the program. Discussants this year included William Davis, MD, FACP; Jeff Wiese, MD, FACP; and Tommy Ferguson, MD, FACP. The 26 abstracts were published in the March-April 2011 edition of the Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society (J La State Med Soc 2011; 163:71-87.). Special thanks to our hosts from the Tulane University Department of Internal Medicine including Chad Miller, MD, FACP, Jeff Wiese, MD, FACP, and Lee Hamm, MD, FACP as well as the Chair of our Louisiana ACP Associates Liaison Committee, Lee Engel, MD, FACP. We look forward to next year’s meeting at the Ochsner Medical Foundation in New Orleans.

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Louisiana-Mississippi Chapters Scientific Meeting 2011

The Louisiana-Mississippi ACP Chapters Scientific Meeting was held March 24-26, 2011, at the Windsor Court Hotel in downtown New Orleans. An exciting program including updates in hospitalist medicine (Jeff Wiese, MD, FACP), cardiology (Chris White, MD, FACC), pulmonary/critical care medicine (Carol Mason, MD, FCCP; Suma Jain, MD), rheumatology (Seth Berney, MD, FACP), hematology (Marc Kahn, MD, FACP) and infectious diseases (George Karam, MD, FACP) were presented. Charles (“Bo”) Sanders, MD, MACP, presented a provocative lecture entitled, “Is the physical exam obsolete?” Suffice it to say, his answer was a resounding, “No!” Fred Ralston, MD, FACP, President of the ACP, and Bob Doherty, Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs and Public Policy for the ACP, also participated in the meeting and gave informative updates on health care reform and ACP’s involvement in developing policy. An update on ACP activities and town hall meeting concluded this meeting which boasted more than 200 registrants.

In addition, abstract presentations from Associates from both Louisiana and Mississippi were included as well as the ever popular JEOPARDY competition for Internal Medicine training programs from both states. Abstract presenters included Erin Boswell, Calvin Thigpen, Teresa George, John Saxon, Sylvia Oleck, Dominique Pepper, and Kyle Degeyter. This year’s winner of the Associates JEOPARDY competition was the Internal Medicine training program from Louisiana State University-New Orleans. Members of the team included Dana Marshall, Ben Wright, and Jess Duet. Congratulations to all participants from the nine training programs represented. Special thanks to Lee Engel, William Davis, Richard Deichmann, and Chad Miller, as well as Melanie Brown, coordinator of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACP, for all of their hard work in organizing this meeting. We look forward to the 2012 meeting at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama, September 6 – 8, 2012.

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2010 Chapter Excellence Award

Chapter Excellence Award

I am pleased to announce that we received the 2010 Chapter Excellence Award at our LA-MS Chapters Scientific Meeting. 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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Louisiana Chapter Laureate Award

Sandra Abadie Kemmerly, MD, MACP

Sandra Abadie Kemmerly, MD, MACP, received the Laureate Award from the Louisiana ACP Chapter at its annual meeting from March 24-26, 2011. A brief biography of Dr. Kemmerly is included below. The Laureate Award honors Fellows and Masters of the College who have demonstrated by their example and conduct an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education, or research and in service to their community, their Chapter, and the American College of Physicians. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Kemmerly for this well-deserved recognition. I would also like to thank Ben Thompson, MD, FACP, for his commitment in coordinating the Awards of the Louisiana Chapter.

Dr. Kemmerly is currently the Associate Head of the Section of Infectious Diseases at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans and is also the Medical Director of Clinical Practice Improvement for Ochsner Health System. She has a tremendous commitment to Ochsner through her leadership and clinical roles. Sandy has authored over 50 publications has presented at numerous prestigious conferences and meetings. She serves as a Director on the Board of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and was President of the New Orleans Academy of Internal Medicine. She was the Governor of the Louisiana chapter of the ACP, from 2003 to 2008, a five year term due to complications stemming from Hurricane Katrina. The Louisiana Chapter won multiple Chapter Excellence Awards and an Evergreen Award under her leadership. She also served on the Governor’s Council of the Associates Committee of the Louisiana Chapter. She has served the National ACP in several capacities, as a member of the Credentials Subcommittee and the Awards Committee. She has given courses at ACP Annual Meetings on lessons learned post-Katrina and was honored as a Master of the ACP in 2009.

A lifelong resident of New Orleans, she attended LSU as an undergraduate student and graduated from the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. Her post graduate training in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases was at the Ochsner Foundation Hospital where she has since remained in practice. She is married to McNeil Kemmerly and has two children, Katherine and John, whose love and support have contributed to her success.

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Internal Medicine 2011

San Diego, CA played host to ACP's annual scientific meeting from April 7-9, 2011, at the San Diego Convention Center. By all accounts the meeting was a success. Total attendance was over 9,200 (includes physicians, allied health professionals, guests, staff, vendors and exhibitors), about 1,200 more than last year in Toronto. Paid registration was over 5,800, higher than Toronto (4,574) and 2007 in San Diego (5,509). This was the 2nd highest paid registration total ever (2005 in San Francisco was higher). Close to 6,800 physicians registered, which is 1,000 more than last year and only about 100 less than last time we were in San Diego. Opening Ceremony was packed -- standing room only, with an estimated 4,000 attendees in the Hall (about 700 of those stood or sat around the perimeter). The keynote address, "Medicine as Practice: What Do We Need to Keep and What Do We Need to Leave Behind?” delivered by Dr. Richard J. Baron, MD, MACP, was inspirational and very well-received. He emphasized the difficulty of changing the systems that underlie medical practice and called for physicians to be open to new approaches and to redirect their focus to the people and society they serve in order to create medical organizations that keep patients healthy and improve their condition when they are not well. The Convocation was also a big success this year. The approximately 650 Fellows inducted is among the top 10 highest inducted since 1981 (974 were inducted in 1993 in Washington, DC - the all-time record; last year in Toronto 493 were inducted.).

Of particular pride was the formal recognition of our own Louisiana members and chapter. Several elected Fellows were inducted at the Convocation Ceremony in San Diego. Fellowship is an honor achieved by those recognized by their peers for personal integrity, superior competence in internal medicine, professional accomplishment, and demonstrated scholarship. It may be achieved by either advancement from ACP Membership or, in exceptional cases, by direct election. Fellows are authorized to use the letters FACP (Fellow of the American College of Physicians) in connection with their professional activities for as long as their membership remains current. They have the right to vote, hold office, and sponsor applicants for Membership and Fellowship. These fellows included: Anthony M B Amigo, MD, FACP; Venkat R Banda, MD, FACP; and Angela C Johnson, MD, FACP.

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Local Medical Student Attains Leadership Position in ACP

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Ryan Estaris, a medical student from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, was recently elected to serve a two-year term as a Southern Region representative to the ACP Council of Student Members (CSM). Along with the council responsibilities, he will participate in Leadership Day activities in Washington, DC, along with the LA Chapter delegations. Congratulations Ryan!

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Four New Members Elected to Louisiana ACP Council

Please join me in welcoming four new members to our Louisiana ACP Council. They include Dr. Edward Hebert, Dr. Angela McLean, Dr. Gunjan Kahlon, and Dr. Luis Alvarado. We appreciate their enthusiasm for becoming involved in the state chapter activities. I would like to thank the four members who are rotating off the council: Dr. Jay Shames, Dr. Joe Bordelon, Dr. Ben Thompson and Dr. Dan Banks. They have been integral members who I know will continue to contribute in great ways to the strength of our chapter.

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New Membership Committee Formed

Richard Deichmann, MD, FACP, and Chad Miller, MD, FACP, have agreed to co-chair the Membership Committee for the LA ACP Chapter. Their efforts will target increasing membership at all levels. Please join me in thanking them for their efforts.

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New Policy Papers Released by ACP

On April 7, 2011, a policy paper was released by the ACP on National Immigration Policy and Access to Care. It can be accessed at Physicians Call for Better Access to Health Care for Immigrants.

On April 8, 2011, a policy paper was released by the ACP on Medicaid and Health Care Reform. It can be accessed at Medicaid and Health Care Reform[PDF].

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