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June 2011 Steven B. Pearson, MD, FACP, Governor

From the Governor

Dr. Pearson

Greetings from La Crosse. I hope your summer is off to a great start. Even though a lot of people are on vacation and out enjoying the summer weather, the national ACP remains extremely busy developing policy and advocating for its membership. On the state level our chapter is busy preparing for another State Scientific Meeting coming up in September. In this edition I will be highlighting some of the note-worthy items that have occurred on the national and state level in the past few months as well as looking forward to upcoming ACP dates/events.


National ACP News

Leadership Day:

The nineteenth annual ACP Leadership Day on Capitol Hill was held on May 24-25th. Our Wisconsin ACP chapter sent a delegation that met face to face with all of our Wisconsin congressional leaders. This is an important event during which the ACP is able to voice their opinions directly to congressional leaders regarding the most vital issues in medicine affecting ACP membership.

Several of the key issues that were emphasized this year were:

  1. Eliminate the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and Transition to Better Payment Systems
  2. Key Discretionary Workforce Programs that Congress Must Preserve and Protect
  3. Key Mandatory Programs to Strengthen Access to Primary Care, Improve Quality, and Lower Costs
  4. Making Health Reform Better: Key Policies that should be Preserved, Improved, or Revised

Those attending this year from Wisconsin were:

Leadership Day 2011

Noel Deep, MD, FACP, Antigo
Matthew Crowe, MD, Madison
George Lange, MD, FACP, Milwaukee
Anthony Otters, MD, FACP, Milwaukee/Waukesha
Don Lee, MD, Milwaukee
Richard Dart, MD, FACP, Marshfield
Kesavan Kutty, MD, MACP, Milwaukee
Joshua Barocas, MD, IM resident at UW- SMPH, Madison
Daniel Harland, medical student – MCW, Milwaukee

Please keep in mind that you too can attend Leadership Day next year. All arrangements are made through our state chapter and the chapter defrays costs for attendees that go with our Wisconsin delegation.

National ACP Policy Highlights:

The national ACP office has issued several ‘positions statements’ this Spring. They include the following topics:

  1. “Five Prescriptions for Ensuring the Future of Primary Care.” (May 2011)
  2. “Medicaid and Health Care Reform.” (April 2011)
  3. “National Immigration Policy and Access to Health Care.” (May 2011)

All of these newly issued policy statements are available on the national ACP Web site


State Chapter News

We had 4 new fellows march in the convocation ceremony during the national meeting in San Diego. They are:

Convocation 2011

Robert T Adlam, MD, FACP, Milwaukee
Christopher Crnich, MD, FACP, Madison
Jaswinder Sidhu, MD, FACP, Wauwatosa
Lopa Kabir-Islam, MBBS, MD, FACP, Wausau

We held a ‘Wisconsin Reception’ at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel on Thursday evening during the national ACP meeting in San Diego. This was sponsored by the Marquette/MCW Medical Alumni Association. This was a very successful event and a chance for all attendees to network with other physicians from around the state.

The Health and Public Policy Committee from our ACP State Chapter was busy during the Spring advocating for Wisconsin ACP members and citizens of the state of Wisconsin, via letters to Governor Walker and key members of the state legislature in regards to health care policy.


2011 State Chapter Scientific Meeting

Our State Chapter Scientific meeting is coming up fast. It will be held September 9-11 at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI. If you have not registered yet for the meeting you can do so on the chapter Web site


Look under ‘What’s New’ in the right hand column of the page and you will find a link that will take you to the registration form. You should have received a brochure for the meeting recently in the USPS mail as well. If you have questions about registration for the meeting please contact Jenni Rodriguez

There are a lot of highlights to our state meeting, but to name just a few: we will be offering 2 SEP modules on Friday for those internists who need to recertify for the ABIM. We will have our usual Associates’ competitions via poster and clinical vignette presentations. We will have numerous updates in hospital and ambulatory medicine topics plus this year Dr. Dennis Maki will be speaking on Sunday morning on the topic: ‘Health Care-Associated Infections’. Hope to see you there.


Congratulations to the following new ACP Fellows in the state of Wisconsin: Robert T Adlam, MD, FACP, Milwaukee
Sanjay Asthana, MD, FACP, Madison
Jaishree Hariharan, MD, FACP, Milwaukee Nilay Kumar, MBBS, FACP, Menomonee Falls
Ram D Pathak, MBBS, FACP, Marshfield
Rupesh Prasad, MD, FACP, New Berlin

Please visit the national ACP Web site for a wealth of information on clinical practice, practice management, recertification and future ACP educational meetings.

Also please visit Wisconsin Chapter Web site for the latest in chapter updates, details on upcoming meetings, member accomplishments, or to review all the presentations from last September’s State meeting.

Save the dates for next year’s National ACP meeting in New Orleans, LA
April 19-21st.