International Meetings Update
Association of Physicians of India Annual Meeting
January 7-10, 2010
The Association of Physicians of India held its annual meeting, APICON, from January 7-10, 2010, in Jaipur, India. Between 5,000 and 6,000 physicians were in attendance. The physician audience was drawn from throughout India. All sessions were conducted in English. There were typically four simultaneous educational sessions during each of the time slots. Steven Weinberger, MD, FACP, Senior Vice President, Medical Education and Publishing, ACP and Deputy Executive Vice President, ACP, was selected as the ACP International Speaker to the meeting by Murlidhar Rao, MD, Chairman, Scientific Committee & President, API, and Ashok Kumar Das, MD, FAMS, FICP, PhD, Dean, Indian College of Physicians & Organizer, APICON 2010 CME. Dr. Weinberger presented on the topic "Pulmonary Function Tests and their Modern Clinical Applications – From Bench to Bedside".
ACP Central America Chapter Annual Meeting
February 5-6, 2010
The ACP Central America Chapter held its Annual Scientific Meeting February 5-6, 2010, in Panama City, Panama with over 500 physicians attending.
Steven Weinberger, MD, FACP, Senior Vice President, Medical Education and Publishing, ACP and Deputy Executive Vice President, ACP and Norman Wilder, MD, MACP, were invited ACP International Speakers at the meeting, hosted by Jose Rogelio Mendez, MD, FACP, ACP Governor, Central America Chapter. Dr. Weinberger presented "Update in Asthma", "About ACP and Changes in Medicine", "Chest Imaging: Pattern Recognition for the Internist" and "Training Tomorrow's Internal Medicine Specialists". Dr. Wilder presented the following talks: "How Medicine Could Adopt Some of Aviation's Best Safety Practices"; "What I Wish They Had Taught me as a Medical Student", and "Sleep Disorders, Apnea, Etc.".
Bangladesh Society of Internal Medicine Annual Meeting
March 1-2, 2010
The Annual Meeting of the Bangladesh Society of Internal Medicine was held March 1-2, 2010, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. There were about 300 physicians, residents, and students in attendance at the meeting. Virginia Hood, MBBS, MPH, FACP, President-Elect Designee, ACP, was selected as the ACP International Speaker for this meeting by Dr. Md. Billal Alam, Secretary General, Bangladesh Society of Medicine and Prof. F.M. Siddiqui, MBBS, FACP, Chairman, International Affairs, Bangladesh Society of Medicine. Dr. Hood presented on the topic of blood pressure control. The meeting content included a good balance of global and population issues with local and patient centered cases and discussion.
Visiting an orphanage in Bangladesh. Back row, from left: Dr. Siddiqui, Dr. Kjellstrom, Dr. Hood, Mrs. Siddiqui.
ACP - King Fahad Medical City Joint Educational Conference
March 16-18, 2010
The American College of Physicians and King Fahad Medical City held a Joint Educational Conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 13-19, 2010 called "Medicine 2010". The meeting was organized by Faroque A. Khan, MB, MACP, Chair of the Scientific Committee and Khalid A. Qushmaq, MD, FACP, Head of the Organizing Committee. Approximately 500 physicians were in attendance at the opening session, with 200-350 at the other, larger plenary sessions. The audience was largely composed of physicians from King Fahad Medical City, faculty from the Medical School there, and physicians from nearby private hospitals. The KSA Ministry of Health, Dr. Abdullah AlRabeeah, and the CEO of King Fahad Medical City, Dr. Al Amro were also in attendance at the meeting.
Four speakers from ACP attended the meeting to make scientific presentations: Michael S. Barr, MD, MBA, FACP; Faith T. Fitzgerald, MD, FACP; Tanveer Mir, MD, FACP; and Ernest L. Yoder, MD, PhD, FACP. Eve Swiacki (pictured at right), Director, ACP International Activities, staffed an ACP exhibit booth at the meeting. Dr. Fitzgerald presented a well-received lecture during the opening ceremony entitled "Contributions of Early Islam to Western Medicine". Her other lectures included "Future of IM as a Specialty: Lessons Learnt in USA"; and, "Medical Professionalism in the New Millenium: A Physician Charter". She also participated in a Meet the Professor workshop with Dr. Yoder and Dr. Mir on opportunities for training in the USA. Dr. Barr was also part of a Meet the Professor workshop on the topic "Health Information System for Better Quality Care". Dr. Barr spoke on other related topics, giving a lecture entitled "Doctor in the World of Technology". Dr. Yoder's talks included "Role of Educators" and "Practice Improvement Module". Dr. Mir spoke on the role of organizations: the ACP experience during a session called "Internists as Educators". She also spoke on the "Role of Pallitative Care - Hospice Care-US Experience" and "Maintenance of Certifications and its Impact on Quality of Care".
The program was designed to address a breadth of needs and contained an excellent diversity of topics. Many of the small group sessions were highly interactive and participative. All sessions were conducted in English, although the inaugural speeches were in Arabic, accompanied by powerpoint montage with English translation.
ACP International Speakers with King Fahad Medical Center leadership, the Minister and Deputy Ministers of Health, and the Chief Resident and Assistant Chief Residents and their fellow residents.
World Congress of Internal Medicine
March 20-25, 2010
The World Congress of Internal Medicine was held in conjunction with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians Annual Meeting March 20-25, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. There were 2,500 attendees at the meeting from Australia, Europe, North, South and Central America and Asia.
Virginia Hood, MBBS, MPH, FACP, President-Elect Designee, ACP, was selected as the ACP International Speaker for this meeting by Prof. Napier Thomson, MBBS, FACP, Chair of the WCIM 2010 Organizing Committee. Dr. Hood spoke on chronic kidney disease. Dr. Hood had the opportunity to meet with Presidents of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Royal College of Physicians (RCP), RCP London, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Canada), and the Chilean Society of Internal Medicine, among others, to discuss issues of common interest to all societies. Dr. Joseph Stubbs, MD, FACP, President of the American College of Physicians, attended the meeting and participated in the convocation ceremony of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Dr. WIlliam Hall, MD, MACP, Officer Emeritus of ACP, was officially inducted the President of the International Society of Internal Medicine during the meeting. An ACP exhibit booth was also present at this meeting.
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