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


Governor's Corner

Dr. Hawkins

Greetings to my S.C. ACP Colleagues:

I hope that this newsletter finds you all doing well, beating the summer heat, and I hope that you have had some time for summer vacation with your families. 2012 has proven to be another busy year for me in representing the South Carolina ACP membership. Throughout the winter and summer, our Council has worked very hard in planning a great agenda for our upcoming state meeting to be held in Hilton Head. Scientific Session Program Director, Dr. Patsy Sadler, and her team, have planned an outstanding slate of speakers and activities. I hope that you will make plans to join us in Hilton Head in October. This is the best bang for the buck that you will get anywhere with regards to CME, plus you will have plenty of time for family and friends. By now you should have received a brochure in the mail, and we have added a new feature this year allowing you to register online. I look forward to seeing you there, as this is one time that we get to see old friends that we do not get to see as often as we would like, due to our busy world of taking care of patients.

In April, I had the pleasure of representing you at the National Board of Governors’ Meeting in New Orleans, as well as attending the National ACP Conference. That was a great experience as we vetted a number of resolutions for the Board of Regents, and I had the opportunity to serve on the Reference Committee, as well as the Membership Committee. One of the highlights of the National ACP meeting was my being asked to stand, on your behalf, as the state of South Carolina ACP Chapter was recognized as a winner of the Chapter Excellence Award. Congratulations to you all for being recognized as being among the best. For those of you who have never attended a National ACP Conference, I strongly encourage you to do so. It is an incredible experience, and serves not only to improve your knowledge base in terms of keeping you up to date, but most importantly it recharges one’s batteries and takes us back to the reason we all got into medicine in the first place. You walk away energized and once again realizing what an awesome calling this is in serving our patients, despite all of the politics and challenges. Finally, I had the honor of representing South Carolina in marching with our new Fellows in the Convocation Program, more to follow on that below.

In June, Dr. Marybeth Poston, from the U.S.C. School of Medicine, and I represented the South Carolina Chapter at Leadership Day in Washington, DC. We were there for two days in meetings with national ACP Leadership as well as meeting with the South Carolina legislative delegation. We were 2 of 400 ACP members who invaded “the Hill” to speak to our delegations on the Medicare Payment Innovation Act of 2012 that would repeal the SGR. As you know, our government leaders historically have continued to “kick the can down the road” as opposed coming up with a much needed permanent fix to the SGR. We got our say in on your behalf, and I would like to thank Marybeth for the great work that she did in these discussions. We were able to give our members of Congress real life examples of the challenges that physicians in South Carolina face every day in trying to take care of patients.

In addition to the above, we have attended several meetings with the SCMA in order to partner and to speak with a single voice on behalf of our physicians as this healthcare reform continues to come our way on the state level. Thanks to Paul Richardson, MD, for representing our state ACP Chapter at the SCMA meeting.

Again, we have been busy representing you, and I thank you for the opportunity to do so. This is only a brief snapshot of our involvement, and I assure you that your input is always welcome. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any concerns or ideas that you might have going forward.

Mike Hawkins, MD, FACP, SFHM

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Congratulations to New Fellows

Fellowship in the College is a true honor, and a milestone in one’s career of internal medicine. It is a mark of esteem from colleagues who recognize one’s practice of medicine and achievements that are over and beyond. To be recognized as a Fellow means that the individual upholds and practices the highest clinical standards and ethical ideals. It reflects providing leadership at the community, regional and national levels in matters related to health, citizenship and social improvement. It involves teaching and contributing to the literature of internal medicine. It reflects serving on hospital committees, community volunteer work, keeping up to date in continuing medical education, and participating in ACP activities as we all work to improve the world of medicine for our patients as well as our physicians.

Adelero Adebajo, Elgin
Robert Ball, Jr., Charleston
Robert Cain, Charleston
Joseph DeStefano, Simpsonville
Deborah DeWaay, Charleston
Pamela Fall, Aiken
Debra Gazzuolo, Rock Hill
Charles Holladay, Charleston
Shannon Honney, Charleston
Robert King, North Augusta
Russ Kolarik, Greenville
Chitra Lal, Mt. Pleasant
Nagarathna Manjappa, Columbia
Peter Maurides, Greenville
Joy McFarland, Greenville
Christopher McLain, Charleston
Joseph Messina, Isle of Palms
Stephen Murk, Mt. Pleasant
Ugochukwu Okereke, Sumter
Caroline Powell, Blythewood
Nancy Richeson, Columbia
Joseph Romagnuolo, Charleston
Imranullah Shaikh, Simpsonville
Gregg Talente, Lexington
Mulugeta Tarekegne, Columbia
Moses Udoh, Columbia
Srinivas Vuppala, Myrtle Beach
Ira Willner, Charleston

Fellows
Fellows at National meeting in New Orleans

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Resolutions to be vetted at 2012 Fall Board of Governor’s meeting

Please take time to review the resolutions to be reviewed and voted on at the upcoming BOG. All members can access the proposed resolutions at: www.acponline.org/private/resolutions/fall2012. If you have any strong opinions for or against any of these, feel free to email me so that I can pass these opinions on during the resolutions process. Hawkins.mike@cognethmg.com.

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Membership matters

Please remember to recruit colleagues who are presently not involved in the ACP. Please have them sign up online. This is the Recruit A Colleague Campaign (RACC), and by doing so our chapter receives a monetary award which helps with the expenses of having a quality yearly Scientific Sessions Conference.

And last but not least, please make plans to join us October 11-14 at our yearly conference in Hilton Head. You should have received registration information already, but in case you missed it, you can register online at www.acponline.org/chapters/sc/news_meet.htm. If you need more information on the meeting contact Debbie Shealy by telephone at 803-798-6207 or 800-327-1021, ext. 223, or email Debbie at debbies@scmedical.org. See you in October.

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Contact Information

Mike Hawkins, MD, FACP
South Carolina Chapter Governor

Patricia E Sadler, MD FACP
South Carolina Chapter Governor-elect

Debbie Shealy
Administrative Coordinator-Chapter Meetings