Congratulations to Dwight Hiesterman, Lucinda Husby, Dave Jordan, Joel Liechty, Bill Nichols, and George Risi. It was a treat to join Governor-Elect Phil Griffin at the ACP–ASIM convocation in New Orleans when all of these outstanding physicians received their well deserved Fellowship in the college. All have made great contributions to our profession and to their patients and communities. Be sure to congratulate them when you see them next and certainly at the upcoming Montana chapter meeting in the Flathead Valley at Marina Cay. And while you're thinking about Fellowship, turn to the last few pages of this newsletter to find out all you need to know. It's easy, worthwhile and something that excellent internists in Montana should do.
And on the topic of excellent internists, Ron Smith, MD, FACP strode proudly across the stage at the Convocation Ceremony in New Orleans to receive a well deserved honor in front of several thousand attendees. Those of us in the Montana delegation loudly applauded his selection for the Ralph Claypoole Award. This national award is given to a physician for "devotion of a career in internal medicine to the care of patients." It was a proud day for Ron and for all internists from Montana. Congratulations, Ron!
Marina Cay and the Flathead Valley are ready for us, thanks to the tremendous efforts of Marise K. Johnson, MD, FACP, Program Chair for this year's meeting. You should have recently received a letter reminding you to reserve you accommodations before the reserved block is released to the general public late in May. You also should receive shortly the full program brochure, but I can't resist giving you some behind the scenes sneak previews. First, the Scientific Program provides excellent speakers on hepatitis C, heart failure, diabetes and great case reports from colleagues around the state. Discussions with faculty and colleagues should be educational and should help maintain our enthusiasm for medicine.
Then it's PARTY TIME! Dr. Johnson has wangled, finagled and maneuvered to put together recreational activities for everyone.
- For the golfers (there are still a few in the Montana ACP–ASIM)—you can play the Eagle Bend Course for $35, and that includes a cart! That's less than 1/2 price. The first 20 registrants will begin teeing off at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon. To register, fax Dr. Johnson at (406) 755-0228; call her at (406) 755-5266; e-mail her at email@example.com; or mail your registration to 1280 Burns Way, Suite A, Kalispell, Montana 59901-3110.
- Hikers leave Saturday morning to explore the Jewell Basin hiking area. A guide will lead this free activity.
- Fishing will be available through Lake Fishing Charters starting Saturday afternoon from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Boats will carry 3 or 4 people with a limit of 15 registrants. The cost is $20.
- Fans of the theater can take in L'il Abner at the Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $20. We have 20 tickets reserved, first come, first served. Contact Dr. Johnson at the above numbers.
- Gourmands will be delighted by the delicious "Banana Belt Buffet" and Jazz on Thursday night and a buffet dinner on Friday night. Scores of excellent restaurants are in the area for those staying over Saturday night.
- The kids will enjoy most of the festivities and in addition will be fascinated by Blackfoot tribal dancing and tales of tribal lore presented by expert Curly Bear Wagner. Liz Eden, elementary school librarian and spouse extraordinaire, recommends a pre-meeting reading list for your children ages 5-13:
- Any of the picture books by Paul Goble, e.g. Dream Wolf, Star Boy.
- Grinnel (of the Glacier fame)—By Cheyenne Campfires.
- Any of the books by Ken Thomasma, e.g. Naya Nuik, Om-kas-toe.
- Historians will enjoy a bus tour to the Conrad mansion. $10 covers the bus and admission.
- And the shoppers will delight in the many unique and fascinating shops within walking distance of Marina Cay in beautiful Big Fork.
- In short, if you can't have a good time at this meeting and learn something to boot, you're in trouble!! To avoid disappointment CALL TODAY for room reservations:
Marina Cay (800) 433-6516
Klondike Motel (406) 857-2200
Timber Motel (406) 837-6200
Or, fax Dr. Johnson at (406) 755-0228 for a list of other accommodations, including B&B's in the area.
See you there!
New Orleans and the ACP–ASIM Annual Meeting were both fun and informative. The food in the smaller cafes was superb; the big name places a bit disappointing. But anywhere you can find a dozen oysters on the half shell for $6 has to be worth going back to. I attended some great update sessions in infectious diseases and GI. Several meet the professor sessions sent me out with new and useful information. Next year's meeting is in Philadelphia, a town that has made huge efforts to improve its image as a convention city. It's worked! The history, art, music and proximity to other great northeastern cities makes this a great convention city. Liz and I found the restaurants here to be excellent, on a par with anywhere we've been, and about half the price of San Francisco. Mark your calendars now for the first meeting of the millennium, April 13-16, 2000.
One useful tidbit from this year's meeting that many of you will find useful is The Center for Competitive Advantage. This service offers a number of practical management tools including a "Practice Management Checkup," which assesses key indicators such as productivity, expenses, profitability and optimal use of resources. Your practice is compared in an understandable way with national benchmarks. There is also a software program that will assess your laboratory's efficiency and profitability. Both these services are available for less than $150. Call the college at (800) 523-1546 for more information, or learn more by visiting the college's web site at www.acponline.org.
And finally, if you haven't yet visited the ACP–ASIM web site, then you should do so now at www.acponline.org. The site keeps getting better, more useful and more user friendly. There are scores of links to other useful web sites, detailed information on college policy, and more than a few places to pick up some good jokes. It's an interesting place to spend 15 or 20 minutes once a week and if you find something that really captures your fancy, set the alarm for bedtime!
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