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Internal Medicine 2010 Highlights


Internal Medicine 2010 Highlights
Toronto, Canada

Internal Medicine 2010, ACP's premier annual meeting, was held in its first ever international location - Toronto, Canada - and 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 22, 479 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 were presented, and the College made nine Presidents of Internal Medicine Societies Honorary Fellows. 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. Unfortunately, due to the volcanic ash from Iceland, about 100 international registrants were unable to attend the meeting.

The international Presidents and Special Representatives also participated in ACP’s 4th Annual International Forum, entitled “Addressing Gaps in Quality of Health Care: An International Perspective”. The presentation and discussion at the Forum expanded upon work that was done at a small working conference hosted in September 2009 by the Royal College of Physicians, London, in collaboration with the American College of Physicians and the American Board of Internal Medicine. The Forum provided an opportunity for ACP leaders and the presidents and special representatives from international internal medicine societies to discuss this important topic that crosses national boundaries and affects the health care of people around the world.

On Saturday, April 24, new ACP officers started their terms. J. Fred Ralston, Jr., MD, FACP, of Fayetteville, TN, became the 2010-2011 ACP President; Robert G. Luke, MD, MACP, of Cincinnati, OH, became the 2010-2011 Chair of the Board of Regents; Virginia L. Hood, MBBS, MPH, FACP, of Burlington, VT, became the ACP President-elect; and, Yul D. Ejnes, MD, FACP, of Cranston, RI, became the Chair-elect of the Board of Regents.

Internal Medicine 2011 will be held April 7-9, 2010 in San Diego, California. For more information, please visit: http://www.acponline.org/meetings/internal_medicine/2011/.

Honorary Fellows

Honorary Fellows at Convocation

Left to right: Prof. Andrej Dukat, President, Slovak Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. Joseph W. Stubbs, 09-10 ACP President; Dr. Frederick E. Turton, 09-10 Chair, ACP Board of Regents; Dr. Eugenio Jose F. Ramos, President, Philippine College of Physicians; Prof. Somwang Danchaivijitr, President, Royal College of Physicians of Thailand.

Special Representatives

Special Representatives at Convocation

Left to right, back row: Dr. Eduardo Penny, President, Latin American Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. Ana Matilde Israel, President, Buenos Aires Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. Aru Sudoyo, President, Indonesian Society of Internal Medicine; Prof. Andrej Dukat, President, Slovak Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. Aron Benzadon-Cohen, President, Panamanian Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. Tien-Shang Huang, Treasurer, Taiwan Society of Internal Medicine.

Left to right, front row: Prof. Geoffrey Metz, President, Royal Australasian College of Physicians; Dr. Rosa Cotrina Pereyra, President, Peruvian Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. Joseph W. Stubbs, 09-10 ACP President; Dr. Frederick E. Turton, 09-10 Chair, ACP Board of Regents; Dr. Finlay McAlister, President, Canadian Society of Internal Medicine; Prof. Haiyan Wang, Past President, Chinese Society of Internal Medicine.



New International Masters

The following international physicians were awarded Mastership at Internal Medicine 2010.

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.

Dr. Bolli

Peter Bolli, MD, MACP
St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Carruthers

S. George Carruthers, MD, MACP
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada

Dr. Chin Hin Chew

Cecil Chin Hin Chew, MD, MACP
Singapore, Singapore

Dr. Kobayashi

Shotai Kobayashi, MD, MACP
Izumo Shimane, Japan

Dr. Moros Ghersi

Carlos A. Moros Ghersi, MD, MACP
Caracas, Venezuela



International Awardees

Dr. Hodes

Richard and Hinda Rosenthal award #1 from The Rosenthal Family Foundation
was presented to
Richard M. Hodes, MD, MACP

Dr. Hodes is Medical Director for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (AAJDC), in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In 1990 his position as a physician for AAJDC was to take care of 14,000-15,000 Falasha Jews who were trying to immigrate to Israel. Since that time he has been administering to all of the medical needs of those in the area. He is also Senior Physician and Medical Consultant for Mother Theresa’s Mission, where the destitute and dying come for medical care. Though the Internet, he communicates with specialists all over the world to help in diagnosing and treating the ailments of his patients. He found doctors to perform life altering surgery on Ethiopian children at low cost, and he purchases drugs from India and Kenya at pennies to the dollar, using his own money to cover the expense at times, and he frequently sends patients to Ghana for spine surgery. There are literally hundreds of examples of Dr. Hodes’ selflessness, ingenuity, academic curiosity, persistence against all odds, and clinical acumen that have resulted in hundreds of lives saved and suffering alleviated. His memoir essay “A Birth in Tedda,” was published in Annals of Internal Medicine and in On Being a Doctor. He was elected to Mastership in 2008.

Dr. Motta Dr. Sosa

James D. Bruce Memorial Award for Distinguished Contributions in Preventive Medicine
was presented to
Jorge A. Motta Borrell, MD, FACP and Nestor Sosa, MD, FACP

Dr. Motta is the Chairman of Joint Commission Board of the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR). He is the former Director of the Gorgas Memorial Institute of Health Studies and is also an Internal Medicine and Cardiology Consultant for Cardiologos Asociados de Panama. Dr. Sosa is the current Director of the Gorgas Memorial Institute of Health Studies, and Principal Investigator and Co-Director of the Medical research Center, and he is the former Chief of the Infectious Diseases Division of the Social Security Hospital in Panama, and Infection Diseases Residency Program Director at Metropolitan Social Security Hospital. Dr. Motta and Dr. Sosa teamed up to uncover and investigate the diethylene glycol (DEG) poisoning in cold medicine that occurred in Panama in 2006. This severe health crisis was handled rapidly; indeed the poisoning was identified within eleven days from outbreak. The commitment they showed prevented disability or death in over one hundred thousand patients. Their efforts culminated in a nation-wide recall of the contaminated product and an unprecedented public health information campaign to warn the public.



ACP Honors Outstanding Chapter Activities with Evergreen Awards

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 Medical Student category, the Chile Chapter was awarded for a program that strengthened the value of ACP among medical students. Recognized for increasing medical student recruitment, the Chile Chapter collaborated with the National Scientific Association of Medical Students to host multiple presentations on reasons to be an Internist as well as the benefits of ACP membership. The number of medical students has increased by 39% since the start of this partnership two years ago.

In the Recruitment/Diversity category, the Japan Chapter was recognized for efforts to increase diversity and member involvement. The Japan Chapter was awarded for establishing a Women’s Committee and increasing gender diversity in all Chapter Committees. As a result of this focused effort, the Chapter realized an increase of over 140% in the number of women members over the past three years.

See the ACP Internist article for a brief description of all of this year’s winners at http://www.acpinternist.org/archives/2010/05/awards.htm.



New International Fellows

Sixty new international Fellows marched and were inducted at the annual Convocation Ceremony held during Internal Medicine 2010, representing over twenty countries. Although they could not attend the Convocation Ceremony, ACP was honored to have invited three new Fellows who were the first Fellows elected from their countries: Romania, Slovenia, and Uganda. Congratulations!



Photos from Internal Medicine 2010

Wendy Rivera Craig, Administrator, ACP International Activities (left) and Eve C. Swiacki, Director, ACP International Activities (third from left) pose with the Royal College of Physicians of Thailand leadership

From left: Richard L. Neubauer, MD, FACP, ACP Regent; Eve C. Swiacki, Director, ACP International Activities; Aron Benzadon-Cohen, MD, FACP, President, Panamanian Society of Internal Medicine

New Fellows from Japan at the ACP Convocation Ceremony

Japanese delegation and Eve Swiacki at the International Reception

ACP Japan Chapter Reception

From left: Aru Sudoyo, MD, FACP, President, Indonesian Society of Internal Medicine; Tanveer Mir, MD, MACP, ACP Regent; Czeresna Soejono, MD, FACP, Vice President, Indonesian Society of Internal Medicine

Dr. Teramoto, Chair, Board of Regents, Japanese Society of Internal Medicine, and a new ACP Honorary Fellow, and his wife prior to the Convocation Ceremony

Dr. Kobayashi, Governor-Elect, ACP Japan Chapter, receives his Mastership

Dr. Rao, center, President of the Association of Physicians of India stands with ACP 09-10 President, Dr. Stubbs, left, and ACP 09-10 Chair, Board of Regents, Dr. Applegate, right



Internal Medicine 2011, San Diego, California, April 7-9, 2011, Discounted Registration Rates for International Delegations

Receive a registration discount for groups of 10 or more. The guidelines require that one person organize the group, provide the registration forms, and submit one check for the entire group.

Groups of 10 - 19:

Scientific Program - $495 pp

Pre-Session 1-day Course* - $199 pp

Pre-Session 2-day Course* - $399 pp

Groups of 20 or more:

Scientific Program - $470 pp

Pre-Session 1-day Course* - $179 pp

Pre-Session 2-day Course* - $369 pp

pp = per person fee.
* Does not apply to Pre-course(s) that have a higher fee due to close faculty/student interaction or special equipment.

Please submit completed registrations by January 28, 2011.
Submit to:
Pamela Carey
Senior Associate, Customer Service
190 N. Independence Mall West
Philadelphia, PA 19106

For further information contact Pamela Carey at +1-215-351-2792 or pcarey@acponline.org.


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