Internal Medicine Meeting 2016, ACP's premier annual meeting, was held in Washington, D.C. from May 5-7, 2016 and had an attendance of over 7,200 physicians. The event featured more than 200 sessions covering a wide variety of clinical and practice management topics for doctors of internal medicine and its subspecialties. Over 900 attendees from outside the United States pre-registered for the meeting, and a large number of on-site registrations are still being tallied. The top three countries outside the United States with the highest number of attendees registered were Canada, Mexico, and Switzerland.
ACP once again this year offered discounted individual registration rates, as well as specially priced delegation rates, for attendees from selected countries. A total of nine delegations (10 or more physicians registered as a group) came from Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, the Netherlands, Peru, and Switzerland.
An international attendee guide, in both English and Spanish, was available to meeting attendees that focused on matters of local interest and how to navigate the meeting.
At the Convocation ceremony on May 5, over 500 physicians were inducted as ACP Fellows and 58 were from 26 countries outside the United States. Over 60 members became Masters of the College or received another award. The College bestowed Honorary Fellowships to five presidents of international internal medicine societies.
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. During the reception, Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP, ACP President, gave a few words to welcome everyone. International Fellowship Exchange Program (IFEP) awardees were also recognized and honored at this event.
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 10th Annual International Forum, entitled "Training Standards for Internal Medicine around the World". 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, May 7, new ACP officers started their terms. Nitin S. Damle, MD, MS, FACP, of Wakefield, Rhode Island, became the 2016-17 ACP President; Thomas G. Tape, MD, FACP, of Omaha, Nebraska, became the 2016-17 Chair of the Board of Regents; Darilyn V. Moyer, MD, FACP, of Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania became the ACP President-elect; and Susan Thompson Hingle, MD, FACP, of Springfield, Illanois, became the Chair-elect of the Board of Regents.
Internal Medicine Meeting 2017 will be held March 30-April 1 in San Diego, California. For more information, please visit: im2017.acponline.org/.
Left to right: Prof. Choong Meng Chan, President, College of Physicians of Singapore; Dr. François Héritier, Co-President, Swiss Society of General Internal Medicine; Dr. Wayne J. Riley, 2015-16 ACP President; Dr. Tanveer Mir, 2015-16 ACP Chair, Board of Regents; Dr. Yasuo Ikeda, President, International Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. Manuel Teixeria Marques Veríssimo, President, Portuguese Society of Internal Medicine.
Left to right, back row: Prof. Hasan A M Nazmul Ahasan, Immediate Past President, Bangladesh Society of Medicine; Prof. Pei-Ming Yang, President, Taiwan Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. Patrick Lacor, President, Belgian Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. Miguel Srur, President, Costa Rican Society of Internal Medicine, Prof. Nicholas Talley, President, Royal Australasian College of Physicians; Dr. Angel Jose Ortellado, President, Paraguayan Society of Internal Medicine.
Left to right, front row: Prof. Sally Nasution, Secretary General, Indonesian Society of Internal Medicine; Prof. Dragan Lovic, President, Serbian Association for Internal Medicine; Dr. Wayne J. Riley, 2015-16 ACP President; Dr. Tanveer Mir, 2015-16 ACP Chair, Board of Regents; Prof. Francis Edward Murray, President, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland; Dr. Mariano Lopez, President, Philippine College of Physicians.
Left to right, back row: Dr. Heli Hernandez Ayazo, President, Colombian Association of Internal Medicine; Dr. Johanna Adrianna Kok, President, Faculty of Consulting Physicians of South Africa; Dr. Juan Barrios, President, Panamanian Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. Risto Kaaja, President, Finnish Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. Jean-Michel Gaspoz, Co-President, Swiss Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. Quazi Tarikul Islam, President, Bangladesh Society of Medicine; Dr. Anita Donley, Clinical Vice President, Royal College of Physicians of London.
Left to right, front row: Dr. Hans-Peter Kohler, Secretary General, International Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. Frank Bosch, President, European Federation of Internal Medicine; Dr. Wayne J. Riley, 2015-16 ACP President; Dr. Tanveer Mir, 2015-16 ACP Chair, Board of Regents; Dr. Richard Ceska, President, Czech Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. Rosa Cotrina Pereyra, President, Peruvian Society of Internal Medicine.