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|W. Hugh Maloney, MD,
MHA, FACP, Governor
I am not sure what national health care
legislation or the strategy will look like when you received this newsletter.
What looked like a foregone conclusion has now been put in serious doubt. The ACP
strategy to support the House bill and modify the senate bill in Reconciliation
committee is under review with the election of Scott Brown and the new
legislative calculus. And the hoped for solution to the Sustainable Growth Rate issue is also in
The irony is that there is much that is
good within the current legislation. However, the current expert opinion is
that the US
populace does not want such far reaching legislation affecting something as
personal as health care. Especially, when there is feeling that increasing jobs
and fixing the financial system is much more pressing.
ACP continues to advocate for all of
its key priorities to be included in any final health reform legislation, be it
basic or comprehensive. For the interim, there are two main issues that need
the Sustainable Growth Rate problem now. Without the pressure from you, your
patients, the ACP, the AMA and the AARP, there is a good chance that the
congress will enact a band-aid fix and kick the can down the road to the next
Senate should include the House's proposal to
increase Medicaid payment rates for primary care to be no lower than the
Medicare rates. In the current form, a proposed compromise is to limit the
Medicaid pay increases only to pediatric services. Remind your senators that
most of the people who will be added to Medicaid under both bills will likely be adults without children - patients who will depend on internists and family
physicians for their primary care services.
Our current strategy is to contact the state's two Democratic senators through phone calls, emails and legislative
visits, and for them to put pressure on Senate Majority Leader Reid. The primary
message will be that we need to ensure a sufficient supply of primary care physicians to
take care of our nation's health care needs and the more than 30 million additional
persons who will get health insurance coverage.
Politics and legislation are difficult
work. The outcome does not occur in a vacuum. The College is there, representing
internal medicine, day after day, night after night. We have to support ourselves by responding to
the call-to-arms, repeatedly. In that way, our best policy will prevail. There
is simply too much activity, stirring of the pot, and self-interest for good
ideas to rise on their own. Participate in the ACP Advocate Program. Be a Key
To enroll as a Key Contact, ACP members are not required to have existing
relationships with their members of Congress. ACP gives them the tools
necessary to develop and maintain relationships. The program is open to all
Your involvement in the affairs of
medicine both at home and nationally is necessary for ACP's message to
Your leadership needs your help.
Enroll in the Key Contact Program
The results of the chapter elections were announced at the
Annual Business Meeting on November 6, 2009.
Congratulations to Kemi
Nakabayashi MD with Pacific Medical Center in Seattle, and Michael Geist MD with PeaceHealth
Medical Group in Bellingham. Both were reelected
to serve a second, two-year term on the chapter's Executive Council.
In addition, Tara
Nysoe MD and Matt Hollon MD were
elected to serve two year terms on the Executive Council. Dr. Nysoe is an hospitalist at Providence
Regional Medical Center in Everett, and Dr. Hollon is on the faculty with the
Internal Medicine Residency Program in Spokane.
Many thanks go to retiring councilors Anne Eacker MD and Margaret
Adam MD for their years of service to the chapter. Both doctors served two, two year term on the
chapter's Executive Council. In
addition, Dr. Adam served as the chapter representative to the WSMA
Interspecialty Advocacy Council, and Dr. Eacker was active on the Annual
Meeting Planning Committee.
Washington ACP 2009 Award Recipient
Annually the Washington ACP honors internists for their contributions
to patient care, community service, and education. The following 2009 awards
were presented in November at the Washington ACP Annual Scientific Meeting.
The 2009 recipient of the Laureate Award from the Washington Chapter of
the ACP is John Sheffield MD.
Dr. Sheffield is Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington.
He received his medical degree from Harvard and completed Primary Care Internal
Medicine residency at the University of Washington. After serving as chief
resident at Harborview Medical Center, he joined the University of Washington
faculty at Harborview, and he continues to practice and teach there to this
In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Sheffield has coordinated the
Internal Medicine clerkship at Harborview since 1995. In his role as Associate Chief of Medicine, he
has worked to maintain the Harborview mission of providing an environment in
which outstanding patient care and outstanding medical education are
indistinguishable. As a mentor, Dr. Sheffield advises students in the residency
selection process and works with residents contemplating their career options.
Dr. Sheffield has received numerous awards from the UW School of
Medicine. Honored as a Distinguished Teacher by the graduating classes of 1996,
1998, 1999, and 2001, he was named a UW Teacher Superior in Perpetuity in 2001.
In 1999, he received the Margaret S. Anderson Award for exceptional concern and
support of medical students. In
recognition of outstanding teaching of medicine residents, Dr. Sheffield has
received The Paul Beeson and Marvin Turck Awards from the UW Department of
Medicine. In 2000, Dr. Sheffield also received the Humanism in Medicine Award
from the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Dr. Sheffield has served ACP actively. A Fellow of the College, he was
Washington Chapter Scientific Meeting Program Co-Chair in 1998 and served on the
Governor's Executive Council for Washington State from 2001-2006. For several years, he co-moderated the Update
in General Internal Medicine at the Annual Session with Eric Larson. Dr.
Sheffield's main scholarly work has been aimed at helping busy internists stay
updated on the medical literature.
Internist of the Year 2009
Each year the chapter seeks to honor a community-based internist
considered to be a role model by his or her peers, possess excellent clinical
skills, dedication to patients, enthusiasm for medical practice leadership, and
the ability to balance between professional and personal interest that we can
all strive to emulate. This year
recipient of the Internist of the Year Award goes to Darryl K. Potyk MD, with
the Internal Medicine Residency Program in Spokane.
Golden Apple Award 2009
With this award, the chapter honors volunteer teachers who have made a
substantial contribution to the education of medical or other health profession
students in his or her community. This
year's Golden Apple Award recipient is T. Vyn Reese, MD at Pacific Medical
Centers in Seattle.
Call for 2010 Chapter Awards Nominees
Kemi Nakabayashi, MD, FACP
Pacific Medical Centers Renton
Click here to use the on-line
submission form to nominate deserving individuals for our Washington Chapter
ACP annual awards: Internist of
the Year, Community Service Award, and Golden Apple Award.
Certainly, we all have in our
practice group or community those special physicians that we feel grateful to
know and work with. Your WA-ACP executive council requests your
help to identify physicians for this year's Washington ACP Internist of
the Year, ACP Community Service Award, and ACP Golden Apple Award. In
particular we seek the assistance of members outside of greater Seattle.
The nominee whom I had in mind for over a year was selected last year for the
Golden Apple Award. It was forever on my to-do list to submit the
nomination for Dr. T. Vyn Reese. When I received the e-mail and link to
submit the nomination on-line, somehow it was much easier to do right
then. I was later very gratified to know that Dr. Reese was
chosen. Please help us to get your colleagues the recognition
they so deserve.
Associate Competition Winners
Melissa (Moe) Hagman, MD, FACP
WC-ACP Associates Adviser
The November Washington State ACP meeting had a lot to offer
Associate members this year. For the first time there was a concurrent
half day session for the Associates covering board review (Drs. Doug Paauw and
Joyce Wipf), how to write a case report (Dr. Andrew Peterson) , and careers in
medicine. There also were the annual
oral presentation, poster presentation, and Jeopardy competitions as part of
the main meeting. We were lucky to have the opportunity to learn from our
Associate colleagues. Dr. Adi Dabestani (UW) won the oral presentation
competition by reminding us that linezolid and selective serotonin reuptake
inhibitors (SSRIs) can interact to trigger serotonin syndrome. For his
efforts, Dr. Dabestani won a trip to the National ACP meeting in Toronto,
Canada, April 2010. Dr. Twiggy Lee (Virginia Mason) won the poster
competition with her work entitled "Saggital Sinus Thrombosis after taking Plan
B (Levonorgestrel) Emergency Contraception in a Young Woman." She won
$750 towards CME of her choice. In the Medical Jeopardy competition, the
Associates from Spokane (Drs. Amber Taylor, Deepthi Mani, and Naveed Quadeer)
narrowly beat the teams from the University of Washington, Virginia Mason, and
Madigan to win a trip to the National ACP Doctor's Dilemma competition at the
national meeting in Toronto 2010. If you attend the national meeting,
please take the time to cheer on our Washington State team from Spokane.
The winning Medical Jeopardy Team from Spokane, Drs. Amber
Taylor, Deepthi Mani, and Naveed Quadeer (from left to right).
Save The Date - WC-ACP 2010 Annual Meeting
Sandeep Sachdeva, Michael Soung
2010 ACP Washington Chapter Scientific Session will be held on Friday and
Saturday, November 5 and 6, at the Bell Harbor Conference
Center in Seattle. Half-day Precourses in Hospital Medicine and Behavioral Medicine will be held at the same
venue on Thursday, November 4.
Topics for this year's Session will reflect a diverse selection
based upon the feedback received from attendees of the past ACP scientific
sessions. Please mark your calendars. We look forward to seeing you!
Spokane Society of Internal Medicine's 61st Annual Scientific Meeting
Matt Hollon, MD, MPH, FACP
Faculty - Internal Medicine
Residency Spokane Clinical Associate Professor - UW School of Medicine
meeting in downtown Spokane on February 26 and 27 is an excellent review of
current topics relevant to general internists and other primary care providers
no matter your practice setting. The
meeting chair, Darryl Potyk, MD, and the planning committee have brought
together both regional and national faculty who will cover topics for both
hospitalists and ambulists including an update on heparin-induced
thrombocytopenia, non-invasive cardiac work-up, and the role of health
information technology in patient-centered care. Other topics include an update in DVT
prophylaxis, a new approach to unexplained symptoms, lung cancer screening, and
avoiding common pitfalls and oversights in the management of cirrhosis. A complete schedule and further details can
be found in the brochure on the Spokane County Medical Society continuing
medical education page at http://www.spcms.org/NEW/cme.html.
For registration please e-mail the Society at email@example.com contact Merry Maccini at 509-468-0236. We look forward to seeing you in sunny
|Medical Students' Report|
Russell Berg - Osler Club Events Coordinator
The Osler Club had a very strong year 2008-2009 with three
well attended events. Our first was an Oral Case Presentation workshop hosted
by Dr. Moe Hagman and a number of her residents. They gave nearly fifty second
year medical students advice and guidance on how to give a concise and
professional oral case presentation, and what to expect in the wards.
Our second program was an Internal Medicine Specialty Panel,
which included physicians from the fields of Pulmonology, Infectious Disease,
Endocrinology, Nephrology, Cardiology and Hospitalist. The sixty students in
attendance learned about the motivations that led these physicians to choose
their professional paths, and the positives and negatives of each specialty.
Our final program for the year was a Boards Review Bingo,
hosted by Dr. Doug Pauuw. This event got second year students excited about
studying for the Step 1 and helped them to begin to think about how Board
questions are structured and the material that is emphasized on the exam.
In addition, the Osler Club hosted a table at the UWSOM
Student Activities Fair, where we had signup sheets for interested students. We
received approximately sixty contacts, and approximately a dozen students
expressed interest in becoming part of the Osler Club leadership. We are
excited to introduce many new medical students to the Osler Club and the ACP
and welcome new leaders into our group.
The year ahead looks to be filled with more quality programming
and growth for our chapter.
Robin Atkinson, DO, Associate
PGY2 Internal Medicine - Virginia
Mason Medical Center
Associates are excited about their latest venture, the Healthcare Reform Panel
Discussion, held on October 29. The event, sponsored by the Washington State
ACP, allowed Washington state Associates
and Medical Students to attend an evening of healthcare education and
discussion. Members of the healthcare
community participated as panel members. These included Barb Flye, Office of
Insurance Commissioner; Jonathan Seib, Office of the Governor; Tom Curry, CEO,
Washington State Medical Association;
and Aaron Katz Director, School of Public Health at University of
Washington. We were also fortunate to have as our moderator Bruce Smith, MD,
Group Health Permanente. The event was held at Virginia Mason Medical
Associates will also be participating in this years' annual ACP conference with
many individuals presenting their research and ideas to peers and faculty. Lastly, the Associates do plan on putting on
an event in the spring of 2010, stay tuned for future planning.
Welcome New Members
Since September 2009
Kenji Asakura, MD - Seattle
Mark W Beiter, DO - Seattle
Irina N Case, MD - Poulsbo
Jason P Coles, MD - Selah
William Heath Coyne, MD - Arlington
Son Do, MD - Camas
David W Fischer, MD - Spokane
Tiffany S Hanf, MD - Spokane
Alexander Kats, MD - Olympia
Sajal Kumar, MBBS - Yakima
Catherine A Lee, MD - Spokane
Francis Amado D Mercado, MD - Port Orchard
Vallikannu Muthiah, MD - Issaquah
Samuel R Pettis, Jr MD - Seattle
Christine Pineda-Liu, MD - Seattle
Venkata A Punyapu, MD - Bellevue
Laura R Quinnan-Hostein, MD - Seattle
Zaher A Rafeh, DO - Olympia
Tanya R Rizzo, MD - Seattle
Robert E Sandblom - Kirkland
Karen Elaine Segerson, MD - Bainbridge Island
Tanbir K Sindhar, MBBS - Tumwater
Tanya Lugliani Stewart, MD - Vancouver
Mark David Sullivan, MD - Seattle
Patrycja A Turek, MD - Arlington
Leanne B Tyshler, MD - Seattle
Hui Wang, MD - Lacey
Since September 2009
Best, MD FACP - Seattle
Craigg, MD FACP - Walla Walla
Ingrid F Gerbino, MD FACP - Shoreline
Hammond, MD FACP - Everett
Jackson, MD FACP - Seattle
Lippman, MD FACP - Covington
Eduardo S Margo, MD FACP - Seattle
Russell McMullen, MD FACP - Seattle
McNellis, MD FACP - Longview
Saha, MBBS FACP - Spokane
Shepard MD FACP - Vancouver
Michael C Soung, MD FACP -
Congratulations to Edward H. Wagner, Seattle.
He has been awarded Master of the College. He will be inducted at the
convocation ceremony during the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting. To be considered
for Mastership, the candidate must have made a notable contribution to
medicine. This includes but is not limited to teaching, outstanding work in
clinical medicine (research or practice), contributions to preventive medicine,
improvements in the delivery of health care, or contributions to medical
Wagner is a general internist/epidemiologist and Director of the W.A. MacColl
Institute for Healthcare Innovation at the Group Health Research Institute. He
is also Professor of Health Services at the University of Washington School of
Public Health. Current research interests include the development and testing
of population-based care models for diabetes, frail elderly, cancer, and other
chronic illnesses; the evaluation of the health and cost impacts of chronic
disease and cancer interventions, and interventions to prevent disability and
reduce depressive symptoms in older adults. He has written two books and more
than 200 journal articles. He serves on the editorial boards of Health Services
Research, the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, and BMJ-USA, and acts as a
consultant to multiple Federal agencies and private foundations. As of June
1998, he directs "Improving Chronic Illness Care (ICIC)", a national
program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The overall goal of ICIC is to
assist health systems improve their care of chronic illness through quality
improvement and evaluation, research, and dissemination. He is also Principal
Investigator of the Cancer Research Network, and NCI funded consortium of 10
HMOs conducting collaborative cancer effectiveness research. He served as
Director of the research center at Group Health Cooperative since its inception
15 years ago and resigned in April 1998. He has turned his energy towards directing
the MacColl Institute for Healthcare Innovation. This Institute, within Group
Health Research Institute, is concerned with developing and evaluating health
care innovations which serve the needs of the chronically ill.
ACP Internal Medicine 2010
discount ends February 12! Over 260 sessions meet every internist's learning
ACP Leadership Day 2010, May 18-19
|The ACP annual Leadership Day on Capitol Hill will be held on May
18-20, 2010 at the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L'Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington,
If you are a Washington ACP chapter member and are interested in
participating in Leadership Day 2010, please contact Jan Larsen at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know of
your interest in being included in the chapter delegation.
Unfortunately, due to limited funds, the chapter is only able to
help pay expenses for a few member-at-large attendees. If selected to attend, the
chapter will reimburse you for coach airfare and one night's lodging.
Additional night's lodging is $309.00, plus tax.
Other chapter members wishing to attend Leadership Day may do so
at their own expense.
Leadership Day enables the College to increase its presence on
Capitol Hill and bring our issues of concern to U.S. lawmakers. With a new
President and new Congress, this year promises great opportunities for health
care reform legislation. We are counting on a motivated and engaged
delegation to assist in our advocacy efforts.
The two day event will provide ACP members with advocacy and/or
media training, an update on the College's priority legislative issues,
briefings by 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
For more information, please contact Jan Larsen, chapter staff
at email@example.com or
Calendar of Events
|Feb 26 & 27, 2010
SSIM 61st Annual Scientific Meeting
Apr 22-24, 2010
Internal Medicine 2010
Apr 23, 2010
May 14 & 15,
Resort at Lake Chelan
May 18 & 19, 2010
L'Enfant Plaza Hotel
November 4-6, 2010
WC-ACP Annual Scientific Meeting
Bell Harbor International Conference Center