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WINTER 1999 

Kenneth V. Eden, MD, FACP
Governor for Montana

Congratulations, Phil Griffin, MD, FACP
, our new Governor-Elect. Phil will be assuming office as Governor-elect at the April 1999 ACP–ASIM meeting in New Orleans and will take over as Governor in April 2000. As our "millennial Governor" Phil will be drawing on his years of experience and service to the ACP, his profession and his community. I look forward to working with Phil in the coming year and know he'll enjoy the experience as Governor and do an excellent job.
Also, I'd like to thank Dave Jordan, MD, FACP, for his willingness to run for Governor. Dave, the last president of the Montana ASIM chapter, was an immense help in the transition to the merged organization, and continues to serve on the Governor's council. His work with the bylaws of our merged organization made the transition a breeze. Thanks, again Dave.

This year's medical student award goes to Rachel Garton, a fourth year student at the University of Washington. Our chapter annually awards a $500 scholarship to the outstanding Montana Student in internal medicine. As in past years the selection is made by an UW faculty committee. I'll be receiving more information about Rachel in a week or two, but if you'd like to send her your congratulations, and perhaps do a little subtle recruiting if you need a good internist in 3 years, her e-mail is rgarton@u.washington.edu.

August in the Flathead Valley!

How can you beat it as a setting for this year's Montana ACP–ASIM Annual Meeting. Dr. Marise Johnson and her program committee in Kalispell, have put together an "educational and social vacation" for the entire family.

The meeting will be held at the Marina Cay Resort (800) 433-6516 on August 19, 20 and 21, 1999. Mark your calendars and if you want to be sure of a room at the resort, reserve one now! Close by, the Timbers Motel (406) 837-6200 offers moderately priced accommodations. If you'd like a bed and breakfast or RV park recommendation, fax Dr. Johnson at (406) 755-0228 or e-mail her at riverkid@cyberport.net.

The usual high quality educational program is especially impressive this year with noted cardiologist Pravin Shah, University of Colorado head of Hepatology Greg Everson, and outstanding medical educator and endocrinologist and honorary Montana ACP–ASIM member Robert Kreisberg. An extra special guest will be Dr. Harold C. Sox, President of the ACP–ASIM. In addition to his great service to the College and the profession in the past year, Dr. Sox is a prominent authority on decision analysis. He will be discussing appropriate decisions in screening for breast and prostate cancer, as well as bringing us up to date on College activities.

To tempt you just a little more, Dr. Johnson has planned an outstanding social program. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings will include a native American dance ceremony; a lecture on Blackfoot Lore; a magnificent buffet overlooking the lake, accompanied by a Latin jazz group; a cruise on flathead lake; golfing at Eagle Bend; and a play at the Big Fork Playhouse. For history buffs, there will be a tour of the Conrad Mansion. Also, there will be plenty of shopping, hiking, swimming, fishing and boating opportunities, as well as a short drive to Glacier Park—in short, something for everyone, including those who just want to sit on a deck overlooking the Lake, sipping a cold one, enjoying a good book. There will be more information in May's newsletter and in a special registration bulletin to be mailed to you in April. Watch for them and reserve your rooms now.

Dr. Johnson writes: "There will be limited tickets blocked for the Bigfork Summer Theatre on Saturday night, August 21, 1999. Tickets will be approximately $20 each. There will be 20 golf tee times blocked at Eagle Bend Golf Course starting at 2:30 p.m. The cost is $64 each, but we're working on a sponsor. Fishing Boat Charter reservations must be made and confirmed before June. The 2-hour Conrad Mansion tour will cost about $10 and will include bus transportation. Hiking in the Jewel Basin on Saturday morning will be led by veteran hikers and guides familiar with the area. Bus transport can be arranged if there's enough interest." Why wouldn't you want to come??? Contact Dr Johnson at the e-mail or fax number listed above to reserve your place now.

A Conference on Diabetes
will be held in Great Fall, May 15-16, 1999, and will feature Dr. Irl Hirsch, the director of the U of Washington's Diabetes Care Center. The conference will provide state of the art information on diabetes care and research. If you'd like more information on this conference, call the Diabetes Project at (406) 444-0593.

Congratulations to new fellows Dwight R. Hiesterman
and David W Jordan, Helena; Lucinda M. Husby, Billings; E. Joseph Liechty, Kalispell; and William C. Nichols, Missoula. These excellent physicians are a credit to their profession, their communities and the College. Give them a pat on the back the next time you see them!

RBRVS almost torpedoed!
The recent effort to have Medicaid convert to an RBRVS reimbursement system was almost derailed in the current Montana legislature. Thanks to the efforts of John Trauscht, Lori Byron, and members of the Montana ACP–ASIM and others in primary care, the proposed alternative to RBRVS appears dead. Instead of RBRVS, it would have provided equal percentage increases for all MT physicians, thereby again disproportionately rewarding higher paid specialty services. I'll be on a panel at the upcoming MMA meeting, defending primary care's position in favor of RBRVS. Wish me luck!

And finally
, don't forget to register for the Annual Session of the ACP–ASIM to be held April 22-25, 1999, in New Orleans in April. Information should have been mailed to you and the college's web site has a wealth of information at www.acponline.org. The educational offerings are as superb and varied as the famous New Orleans cuisine. At this meeting, there truly will be a feast for mind and body.