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Governor's Newsletter, Summer 2000

Frances M. Friedman, MD, FACP
Governor, New Hampshire Chapter

Dear Colleagues:

Greetings from your Governor.

There are a couple of housekeeping notes that I need to bring to your attention. My term will end in 2002, so it will be necessary to elect a Governor-Elect this fall. The term for Governor-Elect will run from April 2001 through April 2002, after which he/she will assume the Governorship for four years. I have identified two co-chairman for the committee to select the Governor-Elect candidates–David Towne, MD, of Plymouth, (Plymouth Internal Medicine, 19 Avery Street, Plymouth, NH 03264) and Deborah Scott, MD, of Enfield, (Mascoma Valley Community Care, 381 US RT 4, Enfield, NH 03748.)

I have sent letters to those Fellows who are eligible to be Governor-Elect candidates. If you wish to be considered or have a nominee, please contact David or Deborah. If you have any questions about what the responsibilities of Governor are, I would be more than happy to discuss them with you.

Last fall at our Council Meeting, we made several decisions. First, we thought it was appropriate to award Robert Englund of Keene, a Laureate Award. We will give this award to him at our fall Chapter Scientific Meeting. Please make an attempt to come and celebrate this award with him. The fall meeting is going to be on Friday, September 22, 2000, at the Bedford Inn in Bedford, NH.

Second, we selected "Advances in Genetics As They Impact the Clinical Practice," as our topic for the 2000 fall meeting. It is important that we begin thinking about the "new genetics." In the past, many of the diseases that we labeled genetic were in a small group of people with some type of Mendelian recessive or dominant gene. Their care was in the hands of Genetic counselors and geneticists. A likely outcome of the Human Genome Project will be the ability to isolate elements of a specific person's genetic make-up and isolate their individual predisposition to diseases. In so doing, we may be able to sort through just how many of these very common multifactorial illnesses are related to genetics and how many are related to environment; thereby allowing us to counsel patients about their individual life style and dietary choices. This type of counseling will be done by the primary care provider and thus, we need to be up to speed with this. The "new genetics" will also give us new insight about pharmacogenomics, enabling us to know how patients metabolize certain drugs and making it easier for us to select drugs specifically for that individual.

Please make an attempt to be at the fall Chapter Scientific Meeting, so that we can all get up to speed about "new genetics."

Taking to heart a recent JAMA article, this year's fall meeting will include small interactive group sessions (the article indicated that didactic lectures never result in the amount of learning desired.) These interactive sessions will be three cases moderated by Dr. Donald St. Germain and his staff. We will divide into small groups and attempt to go over the genetic counseling at that meeting.

Rowen Zetterman, MD, FACP, Chair of the Board of Regents, will be our College Representative at the meeting. Dr. Zetterman is a Gastroenterologist and Vice Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. He will be giving a talk on, Genetic Liver Diseases for the Internists.

I would like to let you all know that Richard LaFleur has been advanced to Fellowship. We are all to congratulate him on his efforts that have lead to this advancement. We have also had three candidates who will be considered at our May sub-committee meeting for advancement to Fellowship and I am sure that they will be shoe-ins.

At Annual Session 2000 in Philadelphia, we inducted three new Fellows from New Hampshire–Drs. Deborah Scott, Anita Yap and Richard LaFleur. The meeting was very successful. We inducted our three new officers for the College–Sandra Fryhofer as President of the ACP-ASIM, Dr. Zetterman as Chair of the Board of Regents and Dr. Donna Sweet as Chair of the Board of Governors. When Dr. Zetterman comes to our meeting in the fall, he will be giving an update on what is going on in the College and stress the concerns that the College has in modern medicine, so please be there.

The deadline for the next advancement to Fellowship is December 1, 2000. You have ample time to get your credentials in order. There are a huge number of you who are eligible for advancement to Fellowship, particularly under pathway three. Please consider doing this. Remember that in order to advance you need to fill out the information on the folder and have two current ACP-ASIM Masters or Fellows send letters. You also need to generate Curriculum Vitae to go with the proposals. If you have any questions about what an adequate Curriculum Vitae should look like, let me know and I will send you a template as an example to use. If you would like a Fellowship kit, please contact Customer Service at (800) 523-1546, ext. 2600. I also have a bunch of them that I could send out for those interested.

The other decision made by the Council was to forego using Chapter funds to sponsor a Chapter Reception at future Annual Sessions. We have had so few attendees at past receptions (last year I counted three) that the hundreds of dollars necessary for mailing and paying for it did not seem monies well spent.

I am including in this Governor's Letter a list of our current Council. If you have any questions that you would like to direct towards them, or avenues that you think that we need to be

pursuing as the New Hampshire Chapter, I would be more then happy for you to contact either one of the Council members or myself. I hope that you all had a good winter and spring and we will look forward to hearing from you all.

Sincerely yours,

Frances M. Friedman, MD, FACP
Governor, New Hampshire Chapter
One Medical Center Drive
Lebanon, NH 03756
Phone: (603) 650-5194
Fax: (603) 650-4437
E-mail: frances.m.friedman@hitchcock.org

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Peter Walkley, MD, FACP
Governor, New Hampshire Chapter

Catrina Watson
New Hampshire Chapter Staffperson