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Invitation to the ACP Chile Chapter Annual Meeting
The Chile Chapter of the American College of Physicians cordially invites all College members in South America and all of Latin America to attend its 61st Annual Meeting on May 11-13, 2009 at the Centro de Eventos Estadio Manquehue, in Santiago, Chile. Our international speakers will be Donald W. Hatton, MD, FACP, Chair, Board of Governors and Robert G. Luke, MD, MACP, Member of the Board of Regents, Professor of Medicine, University of Cincinnati.
The meeting will offer updates in Internal Medicine, covering the following topics:
- Infectious diseases
- Emergency Medicine
- Sleep Pathology
- Complimentary Medicine
- Travel Medicine
- Legal Medicine
- Errors in Medicine
I welcome everyone and will be delighted to address any inquiries or requests for further information.
Maria Pinto, MD, FACP
Governor, ACP Chile Chapter
Christiana Care hosts Nigerian physician on ACP fellowship
Dr. Okunola is Observing Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
By Virginia Collier, MD, FACP
Nigerian physician Oluyomi Okunola, M.D., who received a 2008 International Fellowship Exchange Program Award from the American College of Physicians, is at Christiana Care pursuing a two-month observational study of patients with chronic kidney disease. Dr. Okunola is a consultant physician and nephrology specialist in the Division of Dialysis, Hypertension and Transplant Services in the Department of Medicine, Lautach Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria. At Christiana Care he is focusing on the relationship of chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular disease.
Virginia U. Collier, M.D., Hugh R. Sharp Jr., Chair of Medicine and a Regent of the American College of Physicians, extended an invitation to Dr. Okunola based upon the strength and clinical interests of the nephrology section and the quality of research at the Center for Cardiovascular Outcomes and Research.
“When I read Dr. Okunola's application, it was clear to me that physicians in the Christiana Care Department of Medicine could provide him with an outstanding observational and research experience in nephrology. And in fact, they are doing just that. And in return, our physicians and residents are able to learn about the health care system and, in particular, the care of kidney disease patients in Nigeria. It's a win-win situation for all concerned.”
Four Christiana Care staff members are mentoring him: Claudine Jurkovitz, M.D., a nephrologists and director of operations for the Christiana Care Center for Outcomes Research; Stephanie Gilibert, M.D., medical director of Renal Transplant; Skip Kuhn, M.D., a nephrologist with a special interest in and knowledge of the care of pre-dialysis patients with chronic kidney disease, and Arun Mulhotra, M.D., a clinical nephrologist. Drs. Gilibert, Kuhn, and Mulhotra are members of Nephrology Associates.
After the fellowship program, Dr. Okunola will return to Lautach Teaching Hospital, where he plans to use the knowledge and skills he has learned during his fellowship to improve the care of patients with chronic kidney disease through the prevention of cardiovascular disease as well as the application of the most up-to-date, evidence-based care.
Nigerian Oluyomi Okunola, MD, a visiting American College of Physicians Fellow (second from right), with mentors (from left) Claudine Jurkovitz, MD, Stephanie Gilibert, MD, Virginia U. Collier, MD, and Skip Kuhn, MD
Participate in ACP's Recruit-a-Colleague Program!
ACP's Recruit-a-Colleague Program enables you to earn membership dues credits while helping to strengthen the worldwide internal medicine community. The deadline for the 2008-2009 program in March 31, so recruit today! For more information, please visit http://www.acponline.org/recruitacolleague.
ACP Awards and Masterships: Nominate Your Heroes, Mentors, and Colleagues
The Awards Committee of the American College of Physicians invites your assistance in recognizing the accomplishments of distinguished individuals and organizations through the College's awards and Masterships. Nominations are now invited for the 2009-2010 awards cycle, which will end with the College's bestowing a number of awards and Masterships during the Convocation ceremony at Internal Medicine 2010 in Toronto, Canada. These awards recognize outstanding contributions in the practice of medicine, teaching, research, public service, leadership, and medical volunteerism.
The Awards and Mastership Booklet, which has been updated for 2009-2010, contains criteria for the College's awards and Masterships plus detailed instructions for writing nominating and supporting letters. We are encouraging use of the online link to access and print copies. However, if you would like a print copy mailed to you, please contact staff as described at the end of this message.
For new nominations, five detailed supporting letters (no more, no less) and a current curriculum vitae with full bibliography are required. The deadline for all materials is July 1, 2009. However, the awards process is different for the Johnson Award. A total of three to five letters of support are required, and the deadline for all Johnson Award materials is April 1, 2009. In keeping with ACP's Diversity Policy, the Awards Committee requests that nominators consider a wide array of outstanding candidates including women, underserved minorities, other ethnic groups, and international members and colleagues. Nominees are especially welcome for the Loveland Award, Menninger Award, Rosenthal Awards, Outstanding Volunteer Clinical Teacher Award, Edwards Award, and the two new awards (see below).
Please note that only ACP Fellows may be nominated for Mastership and that Masterships as well as awards are competitive. That is, only a limited number are given each year, and the most outstanding are selected by comparison. Both Mastership and awards nominations should be handled confidentially, and individuals should not self-nominate. Also, please note that for Mastership, ACP involvement is expected, with rare exceptions.
Please note changes for this year's cycle:
- Limitation on the number of letters: Five letters (no more, no less) are required for the first year of consideration. If the nominee is not selected, the original package of five letters is reconsidered for a second and third year. It enhances the nomination if up to two additional letters (one from the nominator) plus an updated CV are sent in for each successive year. The two new letters should offer new information and/or a different viewpoint and not duplicate material from earlier letters. It is up to the nominator to arrange for additional letters and CV. These are optional, however, not required.
- New awards for diversity and for contributions in diabetes: The American College of Physicians Award for Diversity and Access to Care and the Samuel Eichold II Memorial Award for Contributions in Diabetes have been added to the list of ACP awards, and nominations are invited.
For questions, information about the status of nominations submitted previously, and a print copy of the Awards and Masterships Booklet, please contact Meghann Williams, Coordinator, Awards-Convocation and Diversity, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 1-215-351-2714. Or you may contact Martha Cornog, Staff Liaison to the Awards Committee, at email@example.com, or by phone at 1-215-351-2696.
College Targets Emerging Leaders at IM 2009
If you are planning to attend IM 2009 in Philadelphia this year, consider going early so you can attend one of the new leadership development pre-courses offered on Wednesday, April 22. "Essential Competencies for the Emerging Leader" was offered for the first time last year, and was very successful. It combined plenary presentations with small group discussions to help develop competencies in self-assessment, effective communication, team building, and negotiation. To find out more, or to register, visit this website.
An advanced course is also available: "Leadership Competencies: Beyond the Basics." Again using plenary presentations and small group interaction, the faculty will focus on skills needed to create a shared vision, think strategically, empower others, and manage change. More information and registration are available at this website.
You can also register by phone at 1-215-351-2600. Member cost is $209 before 2/13/09 and $289 after that.
Other leadership topics covered during IM Week include: Leadership and Career Advancement for International Medical Graduates; Teaching Residents and Fellows to Teach; New Ideas for Reforming the US Health Care System; Communicating between Generations; Effective Negotiation Skills; Resolving Competing Imperatives; Presentation Skills for Physicians; Teaching, Learning, and Assessing Medical Professionalism; How to Run a Meeting, Manage Time, and Develop Consensus.
All of these courses count towards earning a LEAD (Leadership Enhancement and Development) Certificate. For more information on this award go to this website.
2009 Convocation Ceremony
Fellows elected January 2006 through October 2008, who have never been inducted at a Convocation ceremony, will receive an e-mail invitation by late November to participate in the 2009 Convocation ceremony, unless the ACP does not have a valid address for you. The ceremony will be held on April 23, 2009, in Philadelphia, PA.
Please make sure we have your current e-mail address by checking our membership directory “Member Connection”. If you need to send the ACP an updated e-mail address, go to www.acponline.org/updateyourinfo.
For additional information about the Convocation ceremony, please check our Web site at www.acponline.org/convocation/invitation.htm. Any questions can be directed to Denise Allen at +215-351-2706, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to see you in Philadelphia, PA!
Attention International Delegations! Don't Miss this Opportunity...
Organize a group and save on registration fees to ACP's next annual meeting "Internal Medicine 2009" in Philadelphia, PA, April 23-25, 2008. 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 Reegistration Fee $475 per person
Groups of 20 or more: Scientific Program Registration Fee $450 per person
Discounts for pre-session courses are also available.
The deadline for completed group registrations has been extended to February 13, 2009.
For further information contact Eve C. Swiacki, Director, ACP International Activities, at +215-351-2710 or by e-mail.
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