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October 2012 Steven B. Pearson, MD, FACP, Governor


From the Governor

Dr. Pearson

Greetings once again from La Crosse, Wisconsin. I hope you all had a great summer and have been taking advantage of the wonderful early fall weather we’ve been experiencing. In this issue, we will review our recent State Scientific Meeting, look at several current state and national ACP ‘hot topics’, plus look ahead toward upcoming winter and spring events.

I appreciate your support of both the state chapter and the national ACP organization. The ACP continues to be one of the most respected leaders in medicine, both in the education and health and public policy arenas.

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National ACP News

The ACP is watching intently and waiting patiently as the Presidential election nears. The outcome of the election will have major ramifications affecting the future of health care reform in this country. Both major political parties remain far apart philosophically on how to approach the current health care ‘crisis’ that is occurring. The ACP offers a comparison of the candidates’ healthcare reform proposals to help you navigate this election season. Please follow this link to the ACP Advocacy page and a comparison of each candidate’s proposals.

The national ACP remains committed to the aspects of the Affordable Care Act that promote inclusion of more citizens under the protection of health insurance. They also continue to strongly support those aspects of the law they feel promote patient care, innovation in patient care, and strengthen the position of primary care physicians in this country. Realizing the law is not perfect, they continue to advocate for modifications in the law where they feel it needs improvement, including addition of tort reform measures.

If you are not familiar with the ‘sequestration’ issue it would be in your best interest to familiarize yourself with it. Sequestration will cause automatic across the board budget cuts in January 2013 as a result of the failure of the bipartisan ‘Super Committee’ to reach a consensus on how to decrease spending. It could significantly affect medicare reimbursements and other federal spending. Please follow this link to a letter the ACP recently sent to congressional leaders on this topic.

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ACP Leadership Day

Leadership Day in Washington D.C. will be occurring again next May or June, (dates have not been set). We meet directly with members of both houses of congress and speak with them about issues of interest to the ACP. Please keep in mind the possibility of attending this unique event in 2013. If you are interested in attending please email me at SBPearso@GundLuth.org or Jenni Rodriguez in our state office at: rodriguez@svinicki.com.

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Wisconsin Chapter News

We held our annual State Scientific Meeting the weekend of September 7-8th at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells. We had a great turn out of practicing physicians from around the state, plus Minnesota and Illinois as well as a fantastic turnout of residents and medical students. We had nearly twenty vignettes and sixty posters that were submitted by residents and medical students this year. Winners of the vignette and poster competitions were:

Research Vignette 1st Place- Elizabeth Duke, MD, UW, Madison

Research Vignette 2nd Place- Rajasree Nambron, MRCP, Gundersen Lutheran, La Crosse

Case Based Vignette 1st Place- Lyndsey Runaas, MD, UW, Madison

Case Based Vignette 2nd Place- Noreen Murphy, MD, UW, Madison

Doctor’s Dilemma (Jeopardy) winner - Aurora

Displayed Poster 1st Place- Deepa Ovian, MBBS, Gundersen Lutheran, La Crosse

Displayed Poster 2nd Place- Matthew Kolinski, DO, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Displayed Poster 3rd Place- Jingbo Huang, MBBS, Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield

Please watch for the abstracts of all vignette and posters submitted to this year’s meeting to be published in the “Wisconsin Medical Journal” in the spring of 2013.

The following are a collage of pictures from our state meeting primarily portraying the awardees of our annual ACP State Chapter awards:

Laureate Award winner Dr. Thomas C. Jackson, MD, FACP
Laureate Award winner, Thomas C. Jackson, MD, FACP

Helen Dickie Woman Physician of the Year – Ann Maguire, MD, MPH, FACP
Helen Dickie Woman Physician of the Year – Ann Maguire, MD, MPH, FACP

Young Internist of the Year – Rachel M. Hawker, MD, FACP
Young Internist of the Year – Rachel M. Hawker, MD, FACP

Addis Costello Internist of the Year- Ileen A. Gilbert, MD
Addis Costello Internist of the Year- Ileen A. Gilbert, MD

Volunteerism and Community Service Award –  Alcee J. Jumonville IV, MD, FACP
Volunteerism and Community Service Award – Alcee J. Jumonville IV, MD, FACP

Dr. Steve Pearson being presented a ‘Chapter of Excellence Award’ from Dr. Charles Cutler, MD, FACP, Chair-elect of the ACP Board of Regents
Dr. Steve Pearson being presented a ‘Chapter of Excellence Award’ from Dr. Charles Cutler, MD, FACP, Chair-elect of the ACP Board of Regents

Dr. Charles Cutler proudly displaying ‘the colors’ of his new ‘favorite team’!
Dr. Charles Cutler proudly displaying ‘the colors’ of his new ‘favorite team’!

Distinguished Internist of the Year – Norman M. Jensen, MD, FACP (no pic)

Legislator of the Year – Sandra Pasch (no pic)

Please visit our state chapter website to find all of the power points/ handouts from this year’s state meeting posted for your educational benefit. All of these should be posted by mid-October.

There are many ACP members who are eligible and worthy of being recognized with one of our ACP annual awards. If you would like to nominate a colleague for one of next year’s awards please email me at: SBPearso@GundLuth.org within the next 6 months.

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for next year’s State Scientific meeting on September 6-7, 2013 at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

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Congratulations, New ACP Fellows!

Jeffrey K. Bahr, MD, FACP, Mequon
Sanford A. Carimi, MD, FACP, Cottage Grove
Herodotos Ellinas, MD, FACP, Whitefish Bay
Kenneth Felz, MD FACP, Madison
Mohammad Kher Heder, MD, FACP, Brookfield
Pinky Jha, MD, FACP, Brookfield
Alcee J. Jumonville, MD, FACP, La Crosse
Todd J. Kowalski, MD, FACP, La Crosse
Hany M. Mahfouz, MD, FACP, Brookfield
Mark A. Micek, MD, FACP, Madison
Rajeev Nayar, MD, FACP, Kenosha
Hamied R. Rezazadeh, MD, FACP, Wausau
Sarfraz Sidhu, MD, FACP, West Allis
Kimberly M. Stoner, MD, FACP, Hartland
Boby G. Theckedath, MBBS, FACP, Kenosha
Joel S. Weiner, MD, FACP, Milwaukee
Thomas L. Zurbriggen, MD, FACP, West Salem

I would be happy to contact anyone about the benefits of ACP membership or advancement to Fellowship. Please email me the names of any acquaintances you feel would be encouraged to join the ACP or to advance to Fellowship by a call or email from me. My email address is: SBPearso@GundLuth.org.

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Internal Medicine 2013

Plan to join thousands of your internal medicine colleagues in San Francisco next April for “Internal Medicine 2013”. The dates are April 11-13, 2013. This ACP Annual Meeting is an incredibly educational event and the Bay area is a very exciting area to visit. Sounds like a win-win situation!

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Websites

If you have not visited the national ACP website and taken advantage of the wealth of information available there I would encourage you to do so.

Also please visit our Wisconsin chapter website periodically to remain current on important dates and events happening here in Wisconsin.

So long. Hope you have a wonderful fall and upcoming holiday season! Please email me if you have questions about the ACP, would like to consider advancement to fellowship for yourself or a colleague or are interested in other ACP related topics or activities.

Steve

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