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Governor's Newsletter, Summer 2002

Rashida A. Khakoo, MD, FACP
Governor, West Virginia Chapter

Governor's Message

It was wonderful to see so many of you at the WV Chapter meeting in Morgantown. It was a great time to learn from one another and have a chance to reaffirm our commitment to our patients, learners and communities. This time we started the program with a new item-"Learning Extravaganza." A lot of new innovative learning technologies were exhibited and many of you had a chance to interact with many of the faculty or people who were demonstrating innovative techniques. Even the Chairman of the Department of Medicine at West Virginia University in Morgantown, Dr. James Brick, got involved intubating the "Sim Man," which is demonstrated in the photograph on page 5. Dr. Rebecca Schmidt and her team as I mentioned in my last newsletter, put together a wonderful program. The keynote speaker, Dr. David Kelley, gave an outstanding presentation on "Diabesity:Tracking Diabetes Mellitus by Tracking Obesity" and made some important points about encouraging our patients particularly regarding exercise and diet and made interesting points regarding pathophysiologic aspects. We had sessions on Evolving Clinical Challenges and participants had a chance to hear interesting presentations on Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci, Cardiac Enzymes and Herbal Medications.

Dr. Isabel Hoverman, FACP who was our College Representative, gave an excellent presentation on patient safety. This was an interesting, interactive session. The mini workshops were also popular and again were interactive. These included workshops on Palm Devices in the Clinic, Professionalism, Aging and Depression and Giving Feedback. As usual one of our highlights of the meeting was the Associates' Competition. A total of 40 abstracts were presented. The winners of the Clinical Vignette sessions were Drs. Padmaja Mallidi, Ricardo Mogollon, and Shewit Weldetensae and the winner in the Research Category was Dr. Heather Skeens. On Saturday, a cold and beautiful spring morning with birds singing and flowers blooming, the WV Chapter had its first run/walk. I would like to thank Laura Davisson, Chair, Associates Council, who organized the event. The adventure types ran and the rest of us walked. The winners of the running competition (5 K) were Dr. Joe Fuscaldo and Ash Lain, medical student. The funds from the walk will be donated to Morgantown Fire Department, Hazmat Response Team. After the wonderful walk we were treated to excellent sessions starting with Medical Preparedness for the Emerging Threat of Bioterrorism given by Dr. Melanie Fisher. There was a lot of interest in this session. We also tried a new session, "Visual Twisters and Mental Teasers," where we asked clinicians to submit "databites" that included clinical vignettes with pictures and radiolographs, which were demonstrated throughout the session and up for discussion during the meeting. The ever popular "Thieves Market" was back with presentations by Drs. Vohra, Lerfald, El-Hamdani and Fuscaldo. Again everyone was on the edge of his/her seat during this popular session as these presentations were well received. A session on Clinical Variation by Dr. James Coombs was very important and it allowed people to learn where one can improve things in this area. The last but not least was the Medical Challenge Competition for students and residents and as usual Drs. Shelly Nuss, Shelda Martin and Lynne Goebel put in a lot of time and effort. It was a highly successful program and a part of the meeting everyone waits for each year. The winners of the student program were Scott Oxley, Rebecca Burbridge, Lauren Morgan, and Hassan Mir from West Virginia University, Morgantown. The resident winners were Drs. Terri Cook, Brett Fulknier, Charin Hanlon, and Khawaja Rehman from Charleston Division, West Virginia University.

Our College Liaison, Judy Spahr, was very active throughout the session and we appreciate her continued work and help. For those of you who missed the Chapter meeting, I hope you plan to come to the next meeting, which will be held at Glade Springs Resort on May 1-3, 2003. I look forward to seeing everyone there. Please put this on your calendar. Again there are many issues facing internists and patients and we continue to work with the College in making changes and I always value your input. Please keep in touch and let me know ways in which you want to serve.

I also want to emphasize for those of you who are not members to become members and those of you who need to advance to fellowship, please let me know how I can help. It is very important to participate in the activities of the College because it is one of the ways in which we can make a difference in the lives of our patients and our learners. Again, I look forward to hearing from you.

Welcome and Congratulations For Our New Fellows

New Fellows Elected as of January 1, 2002

John G. Brehm Jr, Charleston
Asad Khan, Elkins
Hassan A. Jafary, Beckley
Gretchen E. Oley, Huntington
Paulette S. Wehner, Huntington

New Fellows Elected as of July 1, 2002

Raed A. Jitan, Huntington

I want to extend my congratulations to all of you and I look forward to your continued commitment to the College and WV Chapter of ACP-ASIM.

Prescription for Safety

Physicians' handwriting is a source of endless jokes, but illegible orders are no laughing matter. Illegible handwriting on prescriptions takes extra time to interpret, and pharmacist callbacks result in lost time to the practitioner. Tragically, illegible handwriting is a common cause of medical error and has led to patient injury and death. According to a 1997 American Medical Association report, errors related to misread prescriptions were the second most common and expensive malpractice claim over a seven-year period. To prevent errors, prescriptions should:

  • Be legible
  • Use the metric system
  • Avoid abbreviations and decimals
  • Include the medicine's purpose

ACP-ASIM promotes patient safety through its three-year initiative, "Patient Safety: the Other Side of the Quality Equation," supported by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. To find out more about the College's patient safety program, visit ACP-ASIM Online, or call Kyle Bartlett, PhD, at (215-351 2838)

PIER is Here… the Physicians' Information and Education Resource

PIER, The Physicians' Information and Education Resource, is now available for exclusive preview by ACP-ASIM members

What Pier Is - Integrated with the College's other medical information and education resources, PIER is ACP-ASIM's new, electronic, Web-based, decision support tool designed for rapid point-of-care delivery of up-to-date, evidence-based guidance for physicians. PIER contains modules focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, and will eventually include sections on prevention and screening, procedures, ethical and legal issues, complementary and alternative medicine, and patient education. ACP-ASIM members can visit the PIER web site at (http://pier.acponline.org).

Why PIER is the Best Choice - All information in PIER has gone through a rigorous review process, so you can be sure that the information found in PIER is credible, up to date, and accurate.

How PIER Can Help You -

  • Get answers to clinical questions fast.
  • Rapidly review diagnostic and therapeutic strategies.
  • Find focused drug information.
  • Provide clear information to patients in print or electronic format.
  • Be up to date on the newest data.
  • Have ready access to the evidence and related literature.

What to Expect From PIER in the Future -

  • Ongoing coverage of the newest data
  • Integrated links to electronic medical records
  • Customizable patient information
  • Clinical question archiving

Visit (http://pier.acponline.org) today and see how PIER can work for you!

E-Newsletter For Members

A new monthly electronic newsletter for College members started on May 1, 2002. The newsletter covers new College programs, products and services, and also keeps members updated on ACP-ASIM's advocacy efforts on behalf of internists. The nearly 50,000 members who have provided the College with their email addresses will receive the newsletter the first Wednesday of each month; recipients will have the opportunity to opt-out of receiving the publication at any time.

The newsletter provides brief articles (two to three paragraphs) about College activities and services that directly affect members. Readers who wish to learn more about a particular topic are referred to more information on the Web (when available). Members who do not have email may also access the newsletter on ACP-ASIM Online. For more information please contact Allison Ewing at (800-523-1546, ext. 2649) or (aewing@acponline.org).

New Member Benefit: Online CME Transcripts

The College is pleased to announce a new member benefit: online CME transcripts. Members may view/print a transcript of CME credit earned for participation in activities sponsored by the College. The transcript provides a six year listing and includes credit earned for: Annual Session, Postgraduate Courses, Chapter/Regional Meetings Accredited by the College (Starting November 1999), MKSAP and Related MKSAP Enhancements, MKSAP Audio Companion, Clinical Problem Solving Cases, Audio and Video Products.

Members can also print documentation of their participation in sessions related to state specific CME requirements. If you have any questions, please contact ACP-ASIM's Customer Service Department at (800-523-1546, ext. 2600), or (custserv@acponline.org).

ACP-ASIM - Keeping You Connected

Help us keep you up-to-date on the latest College news and important happenings in internal medicine! Please take a moment to provide ACP-ASIM with your email address. ACP-ASIM will not sell or share your e-mail address.