Tanya L. Repka, MD, FACP Governor, Minnesota Chapter
Our yearly Scientific Meeting was held November 3-4, 2000, at the Airport Marriott. The Program Planning Committee put together a comprehensive program. Steve Hillson, who was the Scientific Program Chair this year (and last), did a superb job in planning and orchestrating the meeting. Steve is stepping down as the Chair and I wish to thank him for two years of outstanding Scientific Meetings.
Highlights of this year's program were breakout sessions (Cardiac Auscultation, Men's Health Update, Update in Medical Informatics, Joint Injection, Case Studies in Financial Planning, An Introduction to Political Advocacy, Evidence-Based Medicine, Skin Biopsy), subspecialty updates and an exciting associate program (more on that below). The update by our College Representative, Donna Sweet (Chair of the Board of Governors), was a lively discussion on CPD (aka. recertification). Donna explained CPD (continuous professional development) and the modules required for completion prior to the examination. The ABIM is not a component of the ACP, having separated many years ago when the College affirmed its mission to be Education and Patient Advocacy. The ABIM estimates the CPD will take five years to complete in order to sit for the Internal Medicine recertification exam.
I urge you to read the article on CPD written by the ABIM in the August 1, 2000 issue of the Annals. The College is actively working with the ABIM as we feel the CPD which will take effect in 2002 is not reasonable for many of our members. If any members have comments on CPD please feel free to e-mail me and I will pass them along to the ACP committee that is working with the ABIM.
Re-certification in Internal Medicine: A Program of Continuous Professional Development Stephen I. Wasserman, MD; Harry R. Kimball, MD; F. Daniel Duffy, MD, for the Task Force on Recertification 08-01-2000 Ann Intern Med. 2000;133:202-208. (http://verity.edoc.com/search97cgi/s9 7_cgi)
News From The Annual Minnesota Chapter Scientific Meeting
Associate and Medical Student Poster Competition
A total of approximately 90 posters were presented by associates and medical students at the Annual Minnesota Chapter Scientific Meeting. The Minnesota Chapter is recognized nationally for our excellent response to the competition and for the quality of posters submitted. We wish to congratulate the following winners (asterisked winners will advance via "wild card" to present at the ACP Annual Session in Atlanta on Saturday, March 21, 2001):
Resident Research Posters
Rebecca Chapin MD**
Donna Fontana, MD
Hennepin County Medical Center
David Krason, MD
University of Minnesota
Aimee Koralesky, MD**
Hennepin County Medical Center
Amy Oxentenko, MD
Suk-Yin Chan, MD
Fairview University Medical Center
Medical Student Research Posters
Univ of Minnesota Medical School
Mayo Medical School
Medical Student Clinical Vignette
Mayo Medical School
Women Physicians' Committee Update
Lorre Ochs, MD, FACP
Chair, Women Physicians' Committee
The ACP Women Physicians' Committee of the Minnesota Chapter held their annual breakfast during the fall chapter meeting. Although attendance was down somewhat, attendees had an enjoyable and informative meeting. Those members who have not applied or been accepted for Fellowship were strongly encouraged to obtain Fellowship applications at the meeting. Those members who are already Fellows offered to assist with letters of recommendation. The other main topic was Internal Medicine board re-certification. We were fortunate to have Donna Sweet, MD, FACP, join us for the breakfast. Donna is the Chair of the Board of Governors, and was our College Representative for the fall meeting. Donna informed us of the work that the ACP is doing to attempt to get the American Board of Internal Medicine to modify the board re-certification process, particularly the CPD modules which will begin in 2002, and make it less onerous for practicing physicians.
The ACP Women Physicians' Committee of the Minnesota Chapter will again be having a retreat this winter. The retreat will be held February 18, 2001. It will be held in downtown Minneapolis at the Litespa in the Foshay Tower. Mark your calendars!
Congratulations to Laureate Award Winners
Dietland Roedler, MD, FACP
Dr. Dietland Roedler was born January 27, 1941, in Berlin, Germany. She did her medical training at the Free University in Berlin, Germany, where she was awarded her Doctor of Medicine Degree, summa cum laude. She continued with post medical school training in Germany until coming to Mayo Clinic where she did a fellowship in internal medicine finishing in 1971. She then went on to finish a fellowship in hematology at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in 1974. In 1975, she joined the "new" (at the time) Division of Area General Internal Medicine where she continues to practice with distinction.
Doctor Roedler is known to her patients, colleagues, and students as a kind, compassionate clinician and caring mentor. She is a triple-boarded physician (internal medicine, hematology, and geriatrics). She is frequently called upon by her colleagues for consultative advice in difficult patient management situations.
Doctor Roedler has always been very involved in educational activities. For nearly 25 years, she has been a mentor to Mayo medical students and has helped advise many of them on career decisions. Active in hospital teaching throughout most of her career, Doctor Roedler now supervises and teaches internal medicine residents and trainees in the skills of outpatient internal medicine. Doctor Roedler has been very active in research and for the past five years has chaired the Area Medicine Research Committee. Her areas of research interest include hematologic malignancies and breast cancer (both prevention and treatment). She has written a great deal about both of these subjects and has frequently been an invited lecturer, both nationally and internationally, on topics related to her research interests.
She is an active member of many Mayo Clinic Committees and extra-mural professional organizations. She is, perhaps, most proud to be one of the founding members of the Mayo Alumni Association German-Speaking Chapter. Through this association, she has been able to continue teaching and interacting with many Mayo-trained physicians who reside in Deutschland.
As a member f the Minnesota Chapter ACP, she has been very active in terms of her interests and time. She has been an associate competition poster judge on multiple occasions and has attended nearly all of the Women's Physician Meetings of the Minnesota Chapter. Through her activity in the Chapter and by virtue of her outstanding well-rounded career, Doctor Roedler remains a strong role model to all the young physicians she meets through her association with our Minnesota Chapter.
Doctor Roedler exemplifies all of the characteristics for which the Laureate is awarded. She is an outstanding teacher and consultative physician who willingly gives continuously of herself to the needs of her students, colleagues, and patients. The Minnesota Chapter of the ACP is pleased to name her as the recipient of its Laureate Award for 2000.
Claus Alexander Pierach, MD, FACP
Dr Claus Pierach was born July 1, 1934, in Memel, Germany. He attended medical school at the Universities of Marburg, Giessen, Innsbruck and Munich. He graduated with promotion to Doctor of Medicine from the University of Giessen, Germany, in 1959. He did further training in internal medicine at the University of Mainz in Germany prior to joining the University of Minnesota Medical School at Northwestern Hospital (later, Abbott-Northwestern Hospital system) in Minneapolis in 1968. Doctor Pierach continues his career at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis where he is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota, Medical School. He has also served as Director or Co-Director of the Watson Laboratory for Porphyrins and Bile Pigments at Abbott-Northwestern from 1976 to the present.
Doctor Pierach is well known to internists in the Twin Cities area, Minnesota, and indeed throughout the world. His knowledge in the porphyrias is unequaled and he is often called upon by colleagues for advice and assistance in the management of difficult patient issues relating to the porphyrias.
As a teacher, Doctor Pierach has been instrumental in the education of hundreds (if not thousands) of medical students and residents in outpatient clinics as well as teaching rounds on the hospital wards of Abbott-Northwestern Hospital. His bedside teaching is particularly notable for its reference to the history of art and medicine. One of his students recalls Doctor Pierach quoting "Dr. Faustus," in the Intensive Care Unit to make a point, namely, that a desperately ill patient is still in need of hope. He frequently quotes Osler on rounds and reminds and encourages students to strive to possess all the qualities that make a great physician. One former student remarked that Doctor Pierach thought it was a physician's duty as an educated member of society to write a letter at least once a month to compliment someone or to make right a social ill. He taught us that a physician was more than just a person who took care of sick people, but one who should be thought of as an active leader in society.
Doctor Pierach has been a master of publications throughout his career. Though most notable among them are his research projects on and descriptions of patients with porphyria. However, he has written extensively on numerous aspects of internal medicine and the experience of being a teacher and caring physician.
Doctor Pierach is proud of his association in multiple medical organizations. He is particularly proud of his association with the American Osler Society where he served as Governor from 1996-1999. However, he is best known to us for his great service to the Minnesota Chapter of the ACP. It has been largely through his efforts over the last several years that the internal medicine residents at Abbott-Northwestern have been instilled with enthusiasm about participation in our state meeting. This Chapter is stronger and better for Doctor Pierach's tireless efforts.
Doctor Pierach exemplifies all of the characteristics for which the Laureate is awarded. He is an outstanding teacher and consultative physician who unselfishly gives of himself to his students, colleagues, and patients. The Minnesota Chapter of the ACP is pleased to name him as the recipient of its Laureate Award for 2000.
Annual Session 2001 Highlights
"Gems" for your practice! New for 2001 Clinical Pearls
Remember those succinct, brilliant words of wisdom from your most respected clinical teachers? Those Pearls were based on an experience of enviable depth and a knowledge of the medical literature of remarkable scope. Pearls are noteworthy for their clarity, timelessness and clinical applicability, avoiding both esoterica, on one hand, and facts generally known, on the other.
In this new Annual Session format, distinguished clinician-educators will share with you their Pearls, utilizing a case-based interactive format. With the audience response keypad system, you'll have a chance to test the depth of your clinical acumen with the comfort of anonymity! You'll rekindle the joy of bedside learning, and you'll leave each session with a rich collection of Pearls, ready to be applied directly to the care of your patients.
Focused, powerful education! More 40-Minute Sessions
Maximize your time at Annual Session. This year's program offers an expanded number of 40-minute sessions, giving you the opportunity to attend more presentations on topics of your choice. In these state-of-the-art lectures, distinguished faculty will summarize recent advances and controversies on a variety of clinically relevant topics.
Clinical Skills & Opportunities for Hands-On Learning
Through demonstration, practice, and feedback, learn important skills in medical interviewing, physical examination, and office-based procedures. Demonstration sessions present background information, model the skill, and break it into its component parts. Opportunities for closely supervised, hands-on practice are offered in workshops and at the Learning Center.
Have you heard the latest? Updates
Stay current. Updates offer you the opportunity to hear the nation's experts present highlights from the year's most important literature in 21 subspecialty areas. The Update series ensures that you are up to date on the most significant advances and their impact on patient care.
Is your time-limited certificate in internal medicine about to expire?
Annual Session offers an ideal opportunity to prepare for recertification. Enroll in a special two-day Pre-Session Course that provides an intensive review of core topics in internal medicine. Then, choose from over 300 Scientific Program sessions to customize a program to meet your individual needs. Annual Session is an excellent way to ready yourself for high-stakes examinations.
Back by popular demand! Multiple Small Feedings of the Mind
These sessions utilize a creative, question-driven format to address some of the most common, yet challenging or controversial, patient-management issues. Course faculty offer well-organized responses linked to evidence-based medicine. Hear definitive answers to some of the most frequently faced dilemmas in patient care.
You can find more information on Anuual Session 2001 at http://www.acponline.org/cme/as/2001/index.html
Fellowship Proposals Due June 1, 2001
For all of you contemplating advancement to Fellowship, please complete your application; and, if you need help with identifying Fellows to write your supporting letters, feel free to contact me. I look forward to marching with you in an upcoming Convocation Ceremony at Annual Session 2001.
The current ACP guidelines acknowledge a range of professional activities that indicate continuing scholarship and professional achievement. You no longer have to publish to qualify for advancement.
If you would like information on advancement to Fellowship or a Fellowship packet, please call the ACP Customer Service Department at (800) 523-1546, ext 2600, or (215) 351-2600 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST), or contact Tanya Repka or Kersten Anderson.
March 29-April 1, 2001 ACP Annual Session, Atlanta, GA
May 1, 2001 ABIM Recertification Exam in Internal Medicine
June 1, 2001 Fellowship Applications due at ACP
November 1-3, 2001 MN Chapter Scientific Meeting in Minneapolis
December 1, 2001 Fellowship Applications due at ACP
What ACP is Doing for You Today
"What have you done for me lately?" is a question that ACP strives to answer before it is asked, by making membership needs an integral part of its strategic planning process.
As such, the following is a comprehensive list of products and services that ACP offers to its members, which was compiled by the Board of Regents at a recent meeting. Since the College leadership realizes the needs of it membership are ever-changing, they will continue to re-evaluate this list and add new products and services when appropriate. In addition, the College encourages you, the members, to submit your ideas for changes/additions to the list to Tanya Repka or Kersten Anderson
Advocacy and professionalism
For Associates and Medical Student Members
ACP Minnesota Chapter Executive Council
Tanya Repka, MD, FACP Governor
420 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Eric Tangalos, MD, FACP
Gary Schwartz, MD, FACP
Steven Hillson, MD, MSc, FACP
Chair, Scientific Program Committee
Mark Liebow, MD, FACP
Chair, Health and Public Policy & Medical Services Committees
Joel Greenwald, MD, FACP
Chair, Membership Committee
Brad Benson, MD
Chair, Associates' Committee
Craig Roth, MD, FACP
Chair, Medical Student Committee
Lorre Ochs, MD, FACP
Chair, Women Physicians' Cmte
Scott Litin, MD, FACP
Chair, Awards and Nominations Committee and Past ACP Governor
Robert Lohr, MD, FACP
Peter Elkin, MD, FACP
Council Member and Web Page Coordinator
Edward Rosenow, III, MD, MACP
Council Member and Past ACP Governor
Bruce Money, MD
Donald Deye, MD
Tim Kleinschmidt, MD
Council Member and Medical Student Representative
Council Member and Medical Student Representative
Joseph Lin, MD
Council Member, Associate Rep and Chief Resident
Chapter Administrative Assistant
Call for Laureate Award Nominations
At the annual Chapter meeting each year, the Chapter presents the Laureate Award. This award honors those Masters and Fellows of the ACP in Minnesota who have demonstrated, by their example and conduct, a commitment to excellence in medical care, education, or research and service to their community and to the ACP. This is the most treasured award presented at the Annual Regional Meeting. If you would like to nominate someone please contact Scott Litin, Chair Awards and Nominations Committee Chair (see contact info above), or Tanya Repka and she will share your nomination with the other members of the Laureate Award Committee.