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2013 Governors-elect Candidates' Bios and Vision Statements

Rhode Island Chapter

The ballots for the current Governors-elect election have been mailed. The voting membership (Masters, Fellows, Members, and Resident/Fellow Members with an electdate of 8/1/2011 or earlier) can vote via telephone 1 877 471 9647 (US only), online (www.directvote.net/ACP/) or mail-in ballot. You will need your mailed ballot with your ACP Member Number and Election Passcode in order to make a vote. Below are the bios and vision statements of the candidates that are running in this election. Online voting began on August 26, 2013 and ends on October 25, 2013 at 11:59 PM Eastern. Please be sure to vote!

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Mark E. Braun, MD, FACP
Dr. Braun

PLACE OF BIRTH Philadelphia

EDUCATION: University of Pennsylvania, Hahnemann Medical College

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: Roger Williams Medical Center/ Brown University PGY 1-3

CERTIFICATION: ABIM Internal Medicine

MILITARY: Public Health Service, Uniformed Section

PRESENT POSITION: President of Medical Staff, Roger Williams Medical Center; Director Ambulatory Training Roger Williams Medical Center

ACP ACTIVITIES: Fellowship 1994

CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT AND LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: Member Governors Council; Participation in local scientific meeting including judging poster presentations

OTHER APPOINTMENTS: State of RI Primary Care Physician’s Advisory Committee; State of RI Medical Care Advisory Committee

Vision Statement

My vision for the ACP:

That the ACP will continue to support and encourage the PCMH movement as a means to better coordinate care and improve healthcare outcomes for Americans

That the ACP will attempt to support the PCMH movement without supporting burdensome documentation and reporting requirements that will essentially kill small practice medicine in America

That the ACP will seek a means by which it can support the addition of midlevel practitioners without supplanting physicians in primary care practice

That the ACP will support the reform of Graduate Medical Education, removing the focus on hospital based practice which the vast majority of graduates will never do, and emphasize outpatient based learning and real clinical experience

That the ACP will support enhanced payment for cognitive skills and services for ALL practitioners at the expense of procedural based reimbursement


Audrey R. Kupchan, MD, FACP
Dr. Kupchan

PLACE OF BIRTH: New York

EDUCATION: Union College, 1976; Cornell University Medical College 1981

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: Rhode Island Hospital 1981-1984

CERTIFICATION: September 1985

PRESENT POSITION: Internist at Coastal Medical, East Providence, RI

ACP ACTIVITIES: Fellow April, 2012

CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT/LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: Active member, attends yearly chapter meeting

HOSPITAL/COMMUNITY SERVICE: Various committees at Coastal Medical, Board of Temple Emanu-El

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST/EXPERTISE: Primary Care Medicine

Vision Statement

Change in our profession is everywhere these days, and it is rapid. Some is for the better, but much of it is stressful and impacting our personal lives and our professional attitude. I have been in Primary Care Practice for almost 30 years and have seen a great deal of change. I started in a closed panel HMO (RIGHA) as a salaried physician, and have ended up as a partner in a large private practice (Coastal Medical). There have also been dramatic changes in the academic world and in the hospitals. I see the ACP as the voice of Internists, and if elected, would seek out our members from all types of practice to get their input and represent them. We need to preserve the values of our profession, ensure that high quality patient care is paramount, and promote our specialty to encourage more young physicians to choose Internal Medicine.

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