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March 2012 Gregory W. Rouan, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

From the Governor

Dr. Rouan

Our vision is to define and provide value to our diverse membership of the Ohio ACP Chapter. Our members at least include generalists and subspecialists. Our constituencies include the entire continuum from medical student to resident to young physician to established and senior practitioners. You serve our patients in hospital or ambulatory settings and in teaching or non-teaching environments. Please click here to browse our site and learn more about our Chapter.

Hopefully you have been kept informed about our Chapter’s accomplishments via our monthly E-Pulse newsletters. Those successes are again in large part based upon our Chapter’s leadership team. Those at least include: Linda Ha the Chair Chapter Scientific Program Planning Committee, Michael Tan the Chair of the Membership Committee, John Schroder the Chair of the Program Directors Committee, Moises Auron the Chair of the Young Physicians Committee, Joseph Myers the Chair of the Awards Committee, and Arlene Fedorchack the Chair of the Health and Public Policy Committee. You will again hear about what several of these individuals have both planned and accomplished in this newsletter.

We would again like to hear any suggestions you have for how the Ohio Chapter of the ACP that might help make us better physicians and improve the quality of our professional lives and those of our patients. I would recommend that you contact either me (greg.rouan@uc.edu) directly or our Executive Director Jan Wrassman (jwrassman@fuse.net).

Very importantly please reserve the NEW DATE, Friday, October 26-27th 2012 on your calendars for the Ohio ACP fall Scientific Chapter Meeting at the Columbus Convention Center. If you are able to arrive on Thursday you will enjoy the medical student Doctor’s Dilemma in the morning and either choose the resident Doctor’s Dilemma or our Leadership and Faculty Development course in the afternoon. We successfully added the resident Doctor’s Dilemma to our Chapter meeting in 2011 and it was an overwhelming success. We are building upon that by adding a medical student contest and the Leadership/Faculty Development sessions.

Dr. Linda Ha is again organizing the meeting with an expanded planning committee. Please again note that we have MOVED the Chapter meeting to later in the month of October. This was at least due to a variety of reasons to at least include the expanded meeting to a two-day session. The earlier date conflicted with another national meeting that many attend. Please see highlights of the meeting later in this newsletter.

Kim Jordan and Linda Lemasters and Cindy Ledford are again lining up superb and high quality abstracts from students and residents from throughout the state. Please be sure to volunteer to judge those or at least enjoy reading those and talking with the students and residents. You can reach Kim Jordan, MD., FACP at (jordak2@aol.com) if you can judge the posters.

Joseph Myers continues in his expanded role as Awards Committee chair. His accomplishments this year have been quite significant! Read on please.

Michael Tan from Akron is our Membership Chair discusses has been busy implementing our “SUPER” (Statewide Value-added Approach to Enhance Membership) strategy for our Ohio Chapter focused on retention and recruitment of members. The Ohio Chapter has reached out to generalists, hospitalists, subspecialists, and residents in both community and academic settings in addition to medical students to encourage them to become ACP members by demonstrating the value-added nature of ACP to each of these constituencies. Such has resulted in an amazing number of new resident and student members along with an unprecedented number of members being promoted to fellowship.

Six absolutely remarkable celebrations that we should all take note of:

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  1. I am pleased to announce that our chapter is in receipt of the 2011 Chapter Excellence Award! 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.
  2. We nominated three Chapter leaders for the national ACP LEAD (Leadership Enhancement and Development) recognition. I am proud to announce that all three received this most distinguished award! Those include Linda Ha, Arlene Fedorchak, and Michael Tan. This is quite an accomplishment not only for our Chapter but also for each of these remarkable individuals.
  3. Dr. Moises Auron was nominated and elected to serve a three-year term, beginning May 1, 2012 and ending with the close of Internal Medicine 2015, as a Midwestern region representative of the ACP’s Council of Young Physicians (CYP). The College’s governing body, the Board of Regents, will ratify the election at its next meeting on April 16, 2012. What a remarkable honor and accomplishment Moises. We are all very proud of you!!
  4. Congratulations to Dr. LeAnn Coberly and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine IMIG (Internal Medicine Interest Group). They were the number two IMIG in the nation with 93% participation!! Want to know where your IMIG stands? View the IMIG Participation Chart. At the end of December with 58 schools reaching the 30% participation goal for Student Membership. Currently there are approximately 22,000 ACP Medical Student members.
  5. Dr. Michael Tan and his committee has been invited to present the model for the Ohio Chapter’s SUPER strategy to the national Board of Governor’s meeting that precedes the IM 2012 Meeting in New Orleans!! This invited presentation is again a credit to our Chapter’s leadership and their innovative approaches that are now being exported to other chapters throughout the nation.
  6. The Ohio Chapter is leading the nation this academic year with the number of members receiving their FACP designation!!

Though I suspect the aforementioned accomplishments reflect a banner year and we may never again have a list this long we should all revel as a Chapter over these. I am very proud to be your governor and sincerely hope that you become more involved in your ACP activities in our state.

Finally, I thought you might find the November 28, 2011 Canton Rep.Com Letter to Editor written by ACP Ohio Chapter member John Humphrey, M.D, FACP of interest. You can find it written here.

Gregory Rouan, MD, FACP


News and Opportunities from the National ACP Office

The Clinical Skills Subcommittee (CSC) is now accepting proposals for Internal Medicine 2013, April 11-13, 2013. The CSC welcomes all proposals but places a priority on interactive workshops that focus on the acquisition or improvement of physical examination skills, communication skills, and procedural skills. The CSC is most interested in workshops that have a high likelihood of changing physician behavior using proven teaching techniques or new and innovative teaching strategies that have yet to be tested.

To submit a proposal to the committee, please complete the Proposal for Internal Medicine 2013 application. The deadline for proposals is May 21, 2012.

If you are planning to attend IM 2012 in New Orleans this year, consider going early so you can attend the leadership development pre-course offered on Wednesday, April 18th. "Beyond the Basics: Advanced Leadership Thinking " combines plenary presentations with small group discussions to explore strategic thinking, empowering others, managing change, and developing a shared vision. To find out more, or to register, click here.

You can also register by phone at 1-(800)523-1546, ext. 2600. Member cost is $229 before February 15 and $309 after that date.

Other leadership topics covered during Internal Medicine Week include: Teamwork and Group Effectiveness, Building an Effective Inpatient Ward Team, Embracing Conflict, Case Studies in Leading Effective Change, and Presentation Skills for Physicians.

All of these courses count towards earning a LEAD (Leadership Enhancement and Development) Certificate. For more information on this award.


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The ACP Medical Home Builder (MHB) tool provides affordable, accessible, online guidance to help identify opportunities for practice improvements and, if desired, prepare your practice for recognition as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH).

Designed for all practices, ACP’s Medical Home Builder will help:

  • Improve office efficiency
  • Increase patient satisfaction
  • Optimize patient care
  • Develop policies and procedures with downloadable forms
  • Prepare for PCMH accreditation or recognition

Click here for a link to the brochure mailed to ACP Members.


2012 ACP Leadership Day Report

By Dr. Arlene Fedorchak

The 20th annual Leadership Day on Capitol Hill will be held on a new date: June 6-7, 2012 at the Liaison Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Liaison Hotel
415 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Leadership Day enables the College to increase its presence on Capitol Hill and bring our issues of concern to U.S. lawmakers.

This two-day event provides ACP members with advocacy and/or media training, an update on the College's priority legislative issues; briefings from Members of Congress, Administration officials, and key Capitol Hill staffers; and an opportunity to meet with your state's elected officials. A special briefing for associates and medical students is also provided.

All Leadership Day information, including hotel and registration information, will be available on the Leadership Day webpage.

For more information, please contact Shuan Tomlinson or call her at 800-338-2746 ext. 4547.


Ohio Scientific Chapter Meeting, October 25-26, 2012

By Dr. Linda Ha

Our 2012 Chapter meeting will be expanded to two full days and we will be offering an unprecedented number of CME credits. Members and guests will have the opportunity to register for one or both days. We will be offering a Leadership/Faculty Development program on Thursday afternoon, October 25, 2012.

Contact Jan Wrassman for more information.

Please visit our Chapter photo gallery on the website for photos from our 2011 Chapter meeting in Columbus and our Chapter recognition site regarding the accomplishments of our members.


News from the Awards Committee of the ACP Ohio Chapter

By Dr. Joseph Myers

Dr. Myers and his committee are anxious to take on the role of advocating for your colleagues deserving of advancement to fellowship. In addition our Chapter recognizes those who have distinguished themselves in their careers. Please contact Dr. Myers with deserving candidates.


Membership Update

By Dr. Michael Tan

This entire “SUPER” project is focused on the professional needs of the current and potential members. We also aim to be “user friendly” and beneficial to the current ACP member that may be soliciting the potential member. An example of the latter include providing newly elected Fellows, program directors, and committee/GAC leadership with templates of emails that are formatted to the constituency that is being solicited for membership. Some of these tools currently exist on the ACP website but we intend to update those and develop others. Moreover this strategy would use the current ACP Recruit a Colleague (RAC) process.

The model for leaders in the Chapter who are involved in the SUPER strategy will be deployed in a spoke-hub model in which members of the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) and Membership Committee will be assigned a specific area of the state to oversee.

The American College of Physicians and the Ohio Chapter encourages all members to help strengthen the voice of internal medicine by recommending ACP Membership to colleagues. By joining the College, your colleagues will enrich their clinical knowledge and skills and have access to all of the ACP member benefits that you enjoy.

To thank you for your dedication to our organization, ACP offers incentives to members and their chapters that recruit new members through the Recruit-a-Colleague Chapter (RACC) Rewards Program.

As with the national Recruit-a-Colleague Program, the RACC Program rewards successful individual recruiters with dues credits for each new full Member recruited and a chance to win a trip to the annual Internal Medicine meeting. In addition, the RACC Program also provides rewards to the recruiters’ chapters. The Recruit-a-Colleague Chapter Rewards Program runs annually from April 1 through March 15.

To participate, simply forward to your colleagues the Membership application. To qualify for the program, your name must be listed on the recruiter line of this specially coded application.

To learn more, please visit the Recruit-a-Colleague Program website.


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