ACP Internal Medicine 2015 Highlights
ACP celebrated its centennial meeting, Internal Medicine 2015, in Boston, Massachusetts from April 30 to May 2, 2015. A record number of over 8,500 registrants attended this meeting, which featured more than 200 workshops, lectures, panel discussions, and interactive courses for doctors of internal medicine and its subspecialties. Attendance from outside the U.S. was also at a record high this year; 1,337 registered attendees, a 50% increase compared to 2014, participated in the meeting. The top five countries outside the United States with the highest number of attendees registered were Canada, Mexico, Switzerland, Colombia, and Panama.
Many special events took place at this meeting to recognize ACP's 100th anniversary. A number of additional activities for international members were offered, including the simultaneous interpretation into Spanish of eight update courses.
Also for the first time, special discounted individual registration rates, as well as specially priced delegation rates, were offered to attendees from selected countries. More group delegations attended the meeting than ever before. This year, there were 11 total organized delegations (10 or more physicians registered as a group) from Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Panama, 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 April 30, over 600 physicians were inducted as ACP Fellows and 91 were from 28 countries outside the United States. Over 70 members became Masters of the College or received another award. 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. The College bestowed Honorary Fellowships to nine presidents of international internal medicine societies.
Following the ceremony, members, friends, and families gathered at the annual ACP International Reception that included over 400 international internal medicine leaders and attendees along with ACP leaders. During the reception, David Fleming, MD, MACP, ACP President, welcomed everyone. International Fellowship Exchange Program (IFEP) awardees were also recognized and honored at this event.
Invited international delegates also participated in ACP's 9th Annual International Forum, entitled "Geriatrics: Care of the Elderly." 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 2, new ACP officers started their terms. Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP of Brentwood, Tennessee, became the 2015-2016 ACP President; Tanveer P. Mir, MD, MACP, of New York, New York, became the 2015-2016 Chair of the Board of Regents; Nitin S. Damle, MD, MS, FACP, of Wakefield, Rhode Island, became the ACP President-elect; and Thomas G. Tape, MD, FACP, became the Chair-elect of the Board of Regents.
Internal Medicine 2016 will be held May 5-7, 20165 in Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit: http://im2016.acponline.org/.
Left to right, back row: Prof. Risto Kaaja, President, Finish Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. Jorge Giannattasio, President, Buenos Aires Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. Rajesh Upadhyay, President, Association of Physicians of India; Prof. Derek Bell, President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh; Dr. Rodolfo Cano Jimenez, President, Mexican College of Internal Medicine.
Left to right, front row: Prof. Jane Elizabeth Dacre, President, Royal College of Physicians of London; Prof. Francis Edward Murray, President, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland; Dr. David Fleming, 2014-15 ACP President; Dr. Robert Centor, 2014-15 Chair, ACP Board of Regents; Prof. Sophia de Rooij, President, Dutch Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. Emilio Casariego Vales, President, Spanish Society of Internal Medicine.
Left to right, back row: Prof. Amorn Leelarasamee, President-Elect, Royal College of Physicians of Thailand; Dr. Francis Dunn, President, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow; Prof. Donald Li, President, Hong Kong Academy of Medicine; Dr. Nicolas Talley, President, Royal Australasian College of Physicians; Prof. Jean-Michel Gaspoz, President, Swiss Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. Juan Barrios, President, Panamanian Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. Margus Lember, President, Estonian Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. Benjamin Chen, President, Canadian Society of Internal Medicine.
Left to right, front row: Dr. Hans-Peter Kohler, Secretary General, International Society for Internal Medicine; Dr. Frank Bosch, President, European Federation of Internal Medicine; Dr. Claudia Arias, President, Latin American Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. David Fleming, 2014-15 ACP President; Dr. Robert Centor, 2014-15 Chair, ACP Board of Regents; Dr. Johanna Adriana Kok, President, Faculty of Consulting Physicians of South Africa; Prof. Richard Ceska, President, Czech Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. Fausto Hiraldo Zabala, Immediate Past President, Dominican Republic Society of Internal Medicine.
Left to right, back row: Prof. Shuyang Zhang, Vice President, Chinese Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. Anthony Leachon, President, Philippine College of Physicians; Dr. Heli Hernandez Ayazo, President, Colombian Association of Internal Medicine; Dr. Joaquin Estuardo Ligorria Guzman, President, Guatemala Association of Internal Medicine; Prof. Pei-Ming Yang, President, Taiwan Society of Internal Medicine; Prof. Jam Chin Tay, President, College of Physicians, Singapore; Dr. Angel Jose Ortellado, President, Paraguayan Society of Internal Medicine.
Left to right, front row: Dr. Quazi Tarikul Islam, President, Bangladesh Society of Medicine; Prof. Chul-Gyu Yoo, Director of Scientific Board, Korean Academy of Internal Medicine; Dr. David Fleming, 2014-15 ACP President; Dr. Robert Centor, 2014-15 Chair, ACP Board of Regents; Dr. Rosa Cotrina Pereyra, President, Peruvian Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. Jorge Vega Stieb, President, Chilean Society of Internal Medicine.
Left to right Dr. Maria Ines Marulanda, President, Venezuelan Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. Dragan Lovic, General Secretary and President Elect, Serbian Society of Internal Medicine; Dr. David Fleming, 2014-15 ACP President; Dr. Robert Centor, 2014-15 Chair, ACP Board of Regents; Dr. Serhat Unal, President, Turkish Society of Internal Medicine.
Photos from Internal Medicine 2015