Internal Medicine 2009 Highlights
- Internal Medicine 2009 Highlights - Philadelphia, PA
- New International Masters
- International Awardees
- ACP Honors Outstanding Chapter Activities with Evergreen Awards
- Photos from Internal Medicine 2009
- Attention International Delegations
Internal Medicine 2009 Highlights
Internal Medicine 2009, ACP's premier annual meeting held in Philadelphia, PA, had an attendance of over 6,000 physicians and medical students. The event featured more than 260 workshops, lectures, panel discussions, and interactive courses for doctors of internal medicine and its subspecialties.
At the Convocation ceremony on April 23, 525 physicians were inducted as ACP Fellows and recognized for their medical scholarship and achievement. Individuals and organizations were presented with awards in recognition of their contributions to the science and practice of medicine. Masterships and Honorary Fellowships were also presented. Following the ceremony, members, friends, and families gathered at the annual ACP International Reception that included over 300 international internal medicine leaders and attendees along with ACP leaders.
ACP was honored to host presidents and representatives of internal medicine societies from around the world. The international delegates were part of the stage party in the Convocation ceremony. They also participated in ACP’s third International Forum, titled “Meeting Physician Workforce Needs in Different Countries”. This event provided an opportunity for ACP leaders and the presidents and special representatives from international internal medicine societies to discuss issues of mutual concern, including the effect of the movement of internists across countries on the workforce. Panelists discussed the physician workforce needs in each of their countries and how they planned to address those needs. Participants shared their thoughts and ideas, which led to a productive and collaborative meeting.
On Saturday, April 25, new ACP officers started their terms. Joseph W. Stubbs, MD, FACP, of Albany, GA, became the 2009-2010 ACP President; Frederick E. Turton, MD, MBA, FACP, of Sarasota, FL, became the 2009-2010 Chair of the Board of Regents; J. Fred Ralston, Jr., MD, FACP, of Fayetteville, TN, became the ACP President-elect; and, Robert G. Luke, MD, MACP, of Cincinnati, OH, became the Chair-elect of the Board of Regents. Internal Medicine 2010 will be held April 22-24, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. For more information, please visit http://www.acponline.org/meetings/internal_medicine/2010/.
Left to right, back row: Dr. Keng Yeen Ng, President, College of Physicians, Singapore; Dr. Josef Patsch, President, Austrian Society of Internal Medicine;
Dr. Alain Soupart, President, Belgian Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. Brian Owen Williams, President, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow; Dr. Ulrich
Buergi, President, Swiss Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. Mikael Kohler, President, Swedish Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. Raymond Hin-Suen Liang, President, Hong
Kong Academy of Medicine.
Left to right, front row: Dr. Charles Yu, President, Philippine College of Physicians; Dr. Gregorio Sanchez Vallejo, President, Colombian Association of Internal Medicine; Dr. Rosa Cotrina Pereyra, President, Peruvian Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. Jeffrey P. Harris, 08-09 ACP President; Dr. William B. Applegate, 08-09 Chair, ACP Board of Regents; Dr. Giuseppe Licata, President, Italian Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. Kwong-Ming Fock, Master, Academy of Medicine of Singapore; Dr. Maria Guadalupe Castro Martinez, President, Mexican College of Internal Medicine.
Left to right, back row: Dr. Pei-Ming Yang, Secretary General, Taiwan Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. Jacek Musial, President, Polish Society of Internal
Medicine; Dr. Werner Bauer, President, European Federation of Internal Medicine; Dr. Geoffrey Metz, President, Royal Australasian College of Physicians; Dr. Faustino
Ferreira, Past President, Portuguese Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. S. K. Bichile, Immediate Past President, Association of Physicians of India; Dr. Pedro Paulo
Marin, President, Medical Society of Santiago-Chilean Society of Internal Medicine.
Left to right, front row: Dr. Eduardo Penny, President, Latin American Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. Napier Thomson, President, International Society of
Internal Medicine; Dr. Hans-Peter Kohler, Secretary General, International Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. Jeffrey P. Harris, 08-09 ACP President; Dr. William B.
Applegate, 08-09 Chair, ACP Board of Regents; Dr. Czeresna Soejono, Vice President, Indonesian Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. Aron Benzadon-Cohen, President,
Panamanian Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. H. Erdal Akalin, President, Turkish Society of Internal Medicine.
International Fellowship Exchange Program Awardees
The ACP International Fellowship Exchange Program provided funding to permit international physicians and academics to come to the United States or Canada for a limited period of study. These fellowships were observational in nature and lasted for a period of 2 months. The program was funded by the Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative.
The following International Fellowship Exchange Program Awardees attended Internal Medicine 2009 in Philadelphia as part of their award. The awardees were recognized at ACP's prestigious Convocation Ceremony.
- Wajahat Aziz - Pakistan
- Marta M. Medeiros - Brazil
- Linda M. Navarro - Panama
Pictured from left: Dr. Linda M. Navarro, IFEP Awardee from Panama; Dr. Jeffrey P. Harris, 08-09 ACP President; Dr. William B. Applegate, 08-09 Chair, ACP Board of Regents; Dr. Wajahat Aziz, IFEP Awardee from Pakistan; Dr. Virginia Hood, Immediate Past Chair, ACP International Council.
From left: Dr. Jairo T. Hidal, Governor, ACP Brazil Chapter; Dr. Marta M. Medeiros, IFEP Awardee from Brazil; Dr. Henrique Grunspun, MD, FACP, newly elected Fellow from Brazil.
The ACP is currently not accepting applications for the International Fellowship Exchange Program. The ACP International Office is seeking other grant opportunities that will enable us to offer this valuable experience to physicians around the world.
When the program becomes available again, we will announce it on our website, ACP International Newsletter, and via correspondence to our members. Please continue to monitor the ACP International Web page for updates.
New International Masters
The following international physicians were awarded Mastership at Internal Medicine 2009.
Masters (MACP) comprise a small group of highly distinguished physicians who have achieved recognition in medicine by exhibiting a preeminence in practice or medical
research, holding positions of high honor, or making significant contributions to medical science or the art of medicine. Mastership is considered a special class of
membership. However, Masters are selected confidentially by the Awards Committee from among Fellows and are not self-nominated. More information regarding awards is
available at http://www.acponline.org/awards.
Clicerio Gonzalez Villalpando, MD, MACP
Mexico City, Mexico
S. Paul Handa, MD, MACP
Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
Hiromi Ishibashi, MD, MACP
Elias Knobel, MD, MACP
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Richard and Hinda Rosenthal award #1 from The Rosenthal Family Foundation
was presented to
Renu Weiss, MD
Dr. Weiss is Medical Director for The Banyan, an organization that cares for and rehabilitates homeless women with mental illness in Chennai, India, providing safe shelter, medical attention, and a supportive environment to enable them to recover and to reclaim responsability for their lives. She also provides medical care on the streets of Chennai to all those seeking it, especially at the local vegetable market and in the surrounding area. She was actively involved in an effort to tutor impoverished children to help them to stay in school, and she is a volunteer sexuality education teacher in the local schools. She has moved her family to Chennai so that she can fully devote herself to working within the culture and committed herself to her outreach work through The Banyan and her street practice. Dr. Weiss is a believer of the saying, "Illness does not hit depending on the size of your wallet," and works to provide care for as many as she can.
Richard and Hinda Rosenthal award #2 from The Rosenthal Family Foundation
was presented to
FIMA Save Vision
The Federation of Islamic Medical Associations (FIMA) is an international coalition of 25 national Islamic medical organizations fighting disease and suffering in their respective countries. Operating on the global scale, FIMA leads, aggregates, and coordinates the efforts of the member associations. Save Vision is a project of FIMA Relief, started in 2004 to address the need for opthalmic services in Sarfur, Sudan. Over the past few years, the FIMA Save Vision program has expanded to include over 350 volunteer physicians from around the world, mostly eye surgeons, and provide eye care to people not only in Darfur but other provinces in Sudan, Somalia, Chad, Nigeria, Mali, Senegal, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan as well. The FIMA Eye Hospital was established in Darfur, Sudan, in 2006 and another eye care center was initiated in Puttalam, Sri Lanka, as permanent sustainable facilities that train local eye surgeons as well as treat patients. Dr. Parvaiz Malik, United States Executive for FIMA, accepted the award on behalf of FIMA Save Vision.
Joseph E. Johnson Leadership Award
was presented to
Aleem M. Bharwani
Dr. Bharwani is a Resident Physician in Internal Medicine at Calgary Health Region and Advisor to the Executive Director and CFO of the University of Calgary in Canada. Previously, he was the Director of Health Projects, innovating new methods to enhance delivery of health care in Alberta for EpiCure Informatics. Dr. Bharwani has created and modified other optimal and evidence-based educational programs and spearheaded the development of a revised model of resident care in the Calgary Health Region medical teaching units, which has subsequently been adapted with significant success. He co-founded a local branch of Medecins Sans Frontieres and works with outreach programs related to cigarette and ethanol abuse in youth. He was named to the Top 40 Under 40 list by the City of Calgary and in 2006 received the Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Calgary.
ACP Honors Outstanding Chapter Activities with Evergreen Awards
At this year’s Internal Medicine Meeting, ACP presented ten Evergreen Awards to honor Chapters that created new programs that strengthened the chapter and increased member communication and involvement. Two of those chapters awarded were International Chapters. Here is a brief description of the International chapter efforts.
In the International category, the Japan Chapter was awarded for a program that cultivated the value of ACP among chapter members and nonmembers.
The Japan Chapter was recognized for introducing the Western Style teaching approach to medical students, residents and fellows. This activity has increased communication among associate members, medical student members, and mentors. Many nonmember associates and medical students have joined the ACP, and the recruitment list is growing.
See ACP Internist article for brief description of all this year’s winners at http://www.acpinternist.org/archives/2009/05/evergreen.htm.
Photos from Internal Medicine 2009
The delegation from Panama at the ACP International Reception
From left: Faustino Ferrera, MD, FACP, Past President of the Portuguese Society of Internal Medicine; Donna Sweet, MD, MACP; Antonio Baptista, MD, FACP, Vice President of the Portuguese Society of Internal Medicine
From left: Natalia Londońo Palacio, MD, Executive Secretary, Colombian Society of Internal Medicine; Monica Davis, ACP International Activities Coordinator; Gregorio Sanchez Vallejo, President, Colombian Society of Internal Medicine
From left: Bernard Harris, MD, FACP; Ulrich Buergi, MD, FACP, President of the Swiss Society of Internal Medicine; Werner Bauer, President, European Federation of Internal Medicine; (standing) Wendy Rivera, ACP International Activities Administrator
The delegation from Mexico at the ACP International Reception
From left: Joseph E. Johnson III, MD, MACP, Past President of the International Society of Internal Medicine; Napier Thomson, MD, FACP, President, International Society of Internal Medicine; Hans-Peter Kohler, MD, FACP, Secretary General, International Society of Internal Medicine
From left: Dr. Oyama, FACP; Dr. Kobayashi, FACP; Eve Swiacki, ACP International Activities Director; Dr. Maeda, FACP; and Wendy Rivera, ACP International Activities Administrator, at the Japanese Chapter Reception
Dr. Rueda Ochoa, FACP (second from left) from Colombia with his medical students, who were finalists in the abstract competition, with Wendy Rivera and Monica Davis (center) of the ACP International Office
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