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February 2012 Michael M. Hawkins, MD, FACP, SFHM, ACP Governor

From the Governor

Dr. Hawkins

Hello, ACP Members:

I hope that you all enjoyed a great Holiday Season, and had a happy New Year’s celebration. The past year was a success for our S.C. ACP chapter in that we have had an increase in membership, both medical student membership as well as those who are out in the real world practicing medicine.

Our yearly conference in October was held in Charleston, and if you were not there, you missed a big bang for the buck as pertains to CME, not to mention the networking and gathering of old friends in our internal medicine community. We had an all-star cast of speakers, with the program evaluations indicating that everyone was highly satisfied with the program, with most indicating that the program made them better physicians, and 90 percent indicated that their attendance would definitely result in their patients receiving better care. That said, if you look at our total membership numbers, there is a disappointing percentage of those who attend the annual session. I promise you that you cannot go to any national convention and hear the quality of speakers that we have right here in the state of South Carolina. Each year, I hear the same old comment by attendees that they cannot believe that more physicians do not participate. I sometimes think that it is just the same old physician apathy that has everyone else around healthcare making decisions for us because we have not stepped up to take control of our own destiny. Patsy Sadler, MD, and her committee, did a great job once again. In addition to thanking Patsy, I also want to recognize your Council members who do most of the work behind the scenes: James Adamson, MD; John Black, MD; Bill Boulware, MD (past Governor); Mac Chapman; Dawn Clancy (past Governor and present ACP Regent); Anne Cook, MD; Carlos Cordero, MD; Kim Davis, MD; John DuBose, MD; Mary Beth Poston, MD; Shak Rehman, MD; Steve Saunders, MD; Paul Richardson , MD; and Debbie Shealy, our Executive Director.

I would also like to welcome to our Council our newest member, Brent Powers, MD, who will be serving as Chair of the Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee. These folks will be working very hard over the coming months to organize the next Annual Session to be held on Hilton Head Island. Mark the date on your calendar now: October 11 through 14, 2012 at the Crown Plaza Hotel. Debbie will be sending out more information throughout the year. Please join us for a great time of learning and fellowship with other internists and specialists throughout the state. One aside is that an out of state attendee told me that this is the best conference for the price and CME credit that he has attended, and he was surprised that the attendance was not better. One last plea: mark the dates and join us, and encourage you colleagues to attend as well. You have to have CME, might as well support your Chapter, and enjoy a good time with us on Hilton Head.

Mike Hawkins, MD, FACP, FHM



Dr. Clancy

Congratulations to Dawn E. Clancy, MD, MSCR, FACP, who has been selected as Treasurer on the ACP Services Board. Dawn will be representing us in Washington, DC, and she also serves on the ACP Board of Regents, giving S.C. a significant voice in the national scene.


Resolutions for Review

I will be representing you in the upcoming Board of Governors’ meeting in New Orleans in April. As you know, one of my duties is to represent you in the vetting of various resolutions that have been proposed by the state chapters. In order to represent your views, I need to have everyone review the proposed resolutions online and submit your comments to me. Go here to review the resolutions. Take a look at these and let me know if you strongly support or oppose any of them. I want to accurately represent your views as opposed to those of my own.


Chapter Excellence Award

I am proud to announce to the membership that our S.C. ACP Chapter was awarded the Chapter Excellence Award for 2011. The award is based on activities that took place in 2011 fiscal year, and signifies that our chapter has met the specific criteria that define a successful chapter. Thank you to all who contributed to this achievement. Your Governor’s Council spent much volunteer time in making this possible. South Carolina stands among the best of chapters in the ACP, and you should be proud to be a member.



As I believe that numbers are what matter with the politicians, I feel strongly that our organization needs to partner with the SCMA to speak in a common voice for the good of our physicians and our patients. To that end, we have been in dialogue with the SCMA, and John DuBose, MD and I have attended meetings with the interspecialty council. In one meeting we met with the Director of Health and Human Services, Tony Kleck, and represented those of us who continue to see Medicare and Medicaid patients. We represented your views of the increasing difficulty in surviving with the proposed reductions in physician and hospital reimbursements. We will continue to deliver this message to our lawmakers on the state and national level. We continue to relentlessly deliver the message of the need for a permanent fix to the SGR as well.


Membership Matters

When you look at the numbers, our penetration in the state of S.C. is somewhat disappointing. That is, less than 50 percent of internal medicine physicians in this state are members of the ACP. I would like to ask that you look around your communities, and identify those internal medicine primary care and subspecialty physicians who are not members of ACP, and recruit them. This includes hospitalists as well. 80 percent of hospitalists are internal medicine trained, and would benefit from the educational services that ACP offers. The ACP now has a new publication (ACP Hospitalist) which has great educational articles research pertaining to the world of hospital medicine.

Please instruct those that you recruit to go online to register as new members. In doing so, our chapter will get credit and a monetary reward for each new member, plus you will receive a discount on your dues for next year for each new member you recruit. The process to register online takes only a few minutes, and the link is: www.acponline.org/racc. Do not let the “racc” scare you, as it simply stands for recruit a colleague campaign, and ensures that both you and our chapter are recognized for the effort. In these tough financial times, we need to increase our membership in order to survive. I thank each of you for making this a priority. If everyone would recruit one new member, it would be very significant. Thank you in advance for your recruiting efforts on behalf of the S.C. Chapter.


2011 Scientific Session Award Winners

I would like to recognize the following award winners for the past year:

  • Laureate Award: Dawn Clancy, MD, MSCR, FACP
  • James P. McFarland Award: Shakaib Rehman, MD, FACP, FAACH
  • Young Physicians Award: Paul Richardson, Jr., MD, FACP

I would also like to congratulate the following winners of the resident and student oral and poster presentations:

Oral Resident Clinical Vignette
  • First Place - Tobin Moss, MD
  • Second Place – Joy Roach, MD
  • Third Place – Ashley Latos, MD
Poster Resident Clinical Vignette
  • First Place – Joshua Smith, MD
  • Second Place – Hsiao Liu, MD
  • Third Place – Alexis Lewis, MD
Student Research
  • First Place – Laura Smith
Student Clinical Vignette
  • First Place – Meredith Ashley Morris
  • Second Place – Adam Wells
Oral Resident Research
  • Lauren Angotti, MD
Poster Resident Research
  • First Place – Elmira Basaly, MD
  • Second Place – Matthew Mason, MD
  • Third Place – Henning Schade, MD
Overall Student Winner going to National
  • Laura Smith
Overall Resident Winner going to National
  • Elmira Basaly, MD


Kudos to our new Fellows!

Obtaining Fellowship status (FACP) within the ACP is certainly a milestone in one’s medical career, and I would like to recognize those who have obtained FACP status between July 2011-January 2012:

Adelero O. Adebajo, MD, FACP
Deborah DeWaay, MD, FACP
Russ C. Kolarik, MD, FACP
Nagarathna G. Manjappa, MBBS, FACP
Stephen A. Murk, MD, FACP
Imranullah Shaikh, MD, FACP
Ira R. Willner, MD, FACP

Regards to all,

Mike Hawkins, MD, FACP, SFHM
Governor, SC Chapter ACP