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I.M. Proud Contest Winners

ACP is proud to represent internal medicine, and our members are proud to practice it. To help celebrate the profession, we launched the I.M. Proud contest. As new winners are announced, they will be spotlighted below.

June 2020 Winners

Caroline DeFilippo, MD, MPH, FACP

ACP Member
Assistant Medical Director
CareMount Medical

“I.M. Proud to be an internist everyday. If there can be good that comes from a pandemic, I believe that Covid-19 has shone a light on the unique talents that internists possess. I regularly tell people that my job is to be the quarterback of your medical team. Sometimes the quarterback quietly starts a play and passes it along to other team members. But then there are times when I am very visibly orchestrating every step of a patient's care. In this pandemic, I have watched internists work tirelessly to keep patients out of the hospital. They have spoken about advanced care planning for the very frail, acknowledging that a Covid hospitalization might be worse than a comfortable death at home with loved ones. I have watched internists step forward and volunteer to return to hospitals managing inpatient crises that they haven't seen in years. I have watched internists develop testing algorithms for this new virus all while adjusting their busy practices to virtual ones so their patient's needs are not forgotten. I have watched internists do this with the compassion and focus on the entire patient. What makes an internist unique? We can and will step into any role that is needed and we will do it because we are fully invested in the lives of our patients. The multi-year and complex relationships we have developed through the many crises our patients have experienced before Covid-19, allow us to be their best advocates whether to our peers, the hospital, our broader community, or our government. I am always proud to be an internist.”

John Whyte, MD, MPH, FACP

ACP Member
Chief Medical Officer

February 2020 Winners

Dr. Khadija Hafidh

ACP Member
Physician, Dubai Health Authority
United Arab Emirates

“As an internist, I feel like a well-rounded physician capable of managing patients with different complexities across all medical specialties. I feel honoured when a subspecialist declines to admit a patient and instead asks for the internist. We’re the unsung heroes of our hospital.”

Swapna Deshpande, MD

ACP Member
Physician, Penn State Community Group
Lancaster, PA

October 2019 Winner

Kerith (Keri) Lawrence, MD

ACP Member
Private Practice, Carrboro Pediatrics & Internal Medicine
North Carolina

“I recently told my daughter that when I chose which medical specialty I wanted to go into, internal-medicine/pediatrics, I decided that I wanted to know a little bit about a lot of things rather than a lot about just a few things. I love the challenge of not knowing what depths of my knowledge I will need to invoke on a given work day since I never know what topics or symptoms patients will present to me that day. I can also say that I.M. Proud when a patient goes to see a specialist but they then want my opinion about their options since I have known them for the long-term and they trust me and the fact that I really know them. I treasure those long-term relationships. I love that patients have their own children that they then bring to me to care for and I can nurture a new kind of relationship with them. I love when their parents move to town to help care for their children and they become my patients too. I have been the physician for up to 4 generations on rare occasions. That's such a privilege.”