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January 22, 2011

My fellow Internist,

2011 is well under way and it is time to remind you of some important upcoming events in our Chapter.

In February, our Chapter's Governor Council will meet at the Stroud Chamber of Commerce building: If you have an issue that you would like to bring up, please forward it to me or to any of the other Council Members. I have made it a point of posting the minutes of the Council meetings on our Web site.

In April, ACP's annual national meeting will take place in San Diego: By now, you have received hard copies of informational materials on this superb event: please read the brochure you received most recently, and try to go to this meeting to recharge your batteries and relax in beautiful San Diego. Join me in seeing our new Fellows read the ACP pledge in a very inspiring Convocation ceremony.

At the end of the San Diego meeting, our Governor Elect, Dr James Baker, will be invested as our new Governor. Please extend him your congratulations and best wishes for his next major responsibility.

You will be receiving a printed newsletter in the next 6 weeks. In it, you will find information that will be useful to your practice and an update on our medical lobbying efforts.

In May, I will return to Washington D.C., with at least 2 Residents, hopefully, to make the ACP case for a better future for Internal Medicine, and all its sub-specialties. We will discuss work force issues, the infamous SGR ( again!!!), Health System Reform, and time allowing, the Patient Centered Medical Home.

In October, our Chapter will again hold its annual meeting.It will be in OKC this year: we have not decided on the exact site , but the date is going to be either on Friday the 14th or Saturday the 15th. There are 2 OU and OSU football games that Saturday, and I remain leary of the competition they provide to our meeting...I will send you another e-mail, briefly describing the meeting's tentative schedule and content so that you can mark off that day, for learning and schmoozing with your colleagues.

Till then, May the Internal Medicine Force be with you.

S. A. Dean Drooby, MD, FACP
Governor, ACP Oklahoma Chapter

Page updated: 01-24-11

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