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Alberta Governor's Newsletter December 2018

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Namin Kassam, BSc, MD, MHPE, FRCPC, FACP, ACP Governor

Namin Kassam, BSc, MD, MHPE, FRCPC, FACP, ACP Governor



Winter snuck up on us with a bang and oh too fast this year; so too will the end of my term as your Governor following the ACP Internal Medicine Annual Meeting in April 2019. It has been an absolute honor and pleasure to serve as Governor for the ACP Alberta Chapter.

Our membership has continued to grow over this time; we have added many new Fellows, as a number of you took advantage of the invited fellowship track. Resident and student memberships have increased, and we were pleased to offer learner initiatives such as the University of Alberta Medical Student Interest Group and the monthly ACP-supported Medical Jeopardy competitions.

I remain confident that the linkages and partnerships between the ACP and Canadian internists are as strong as ever. The educational resources available through the various tracks within ACP are outstanding and continually expanding. The annual meeting, various publications such as MKSAP, ACP journal club, clinical guidelines, webinars and numerous other resources are truly second to none, and the major reason I believe most Canadians join ACP. Save 10% on′ MKSAP18 Complete, Digital or Print when you order by January 31, 2019; use code MKSAP18STAR.

The 2018 ACP Western Canada Chapters/Rocky Mountain GIM meeting was held in conjunction with the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine Annual Meeting and was a great success. The six Canadian Chapters hosted a Canadian Doctor's Dilemma® competition, which was once again educational, fast-paced and entertaining! Mark your calendars for our next chapter meeting November 14-16, 2019.

Being a Governor, however, has helped me recognize the importance of the International Chapters in supporting ACP's advocacy role as we help inform conversations around US specific topics such as single-payer healthcare and gun control legislation AND more global topics such as climate change and health information technology (see ACP As Advocate below).

Finally, I have had the experience of a lifetime meeting and getting to know my fellow ACP governor “classmates” – the best-ever Class of 2019!


The friendships and bonds we have formed will remain with me forever. So, while I look forward to what lies ahead under the very capable leadership of Dr. Peter Hamilton (Governor-elect), I vow to remain involved in this outstanding, progressive organization which truly is a leader amongst medical organizations.

I am proud to announce that our Chapter has once again received an ACP Chapter Excellence Award! Thank you to all members and volunteers for your ongoing support and contributions. I encourage you to maintain your support of the ACP and become more active in our chapter. Please email me directly to discuss ways you can get involved

We hope to see you April 11-13, 2019 at the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting in Philadelphia! The Canadian Chapters will be hosting a reception during that time.

Until then, my very best wishes for the holidays and the New Year!




Did you know that the ACP is highly involved in advocacy? Keep up to date with the ACP Advocate Newsletter.

There are many resolutions brought forth for consideration by the Board of Governors. We encourage members to visit and send me your feedback to The Canadian Governors have the opportunity to discuss and vote on resolutions and policy during annual meetings of the Board of Governors.

Visit the Advocacy in Action page for a list of resources and events to help educate and promote action by US policy makers, legislators and others on issues of importance to internists and their patients.

One such resource is the Climate Change Toolkit – a resource to help reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in your practice –click to learn more.





Adrienne F Cohen, MD
Jayant C Varghese, MD PhD
Abdel Aziz Shaheen, MBBCh
Natalie Maclean, MD
Su Yuan, MD
Abdul Mateer, MD
Oleksa Rewa, MD


Rshmi Khurana, MD FACP

Resident/Fellow Members

Manoj Saraswat. MD
Riddhi Upadhyay, MD
Nadia Moledina, MD
Tania Pannu, MD
Karam Al Jumaily, MD
Adam Amlani, MD
Michael Howard Walsh, MD
Hengameh Kheirkhah, MD
Viktor Sekowski, MD
Alda Aleksi, MD
Julia Tan, MD

Medical Students

Samar Haroun
Mina Said, MBBCH
Audrey Lapierre
Ayesha Choudhery
Manpreet Mand
Priya Koilpillai
Sameea Qureshi
Varinder Tut
Abdulaziz Aldaihani
Alishan Nasir
Karim Narsingani
Ammar Ghalab
Julie Saby
Manisha Bharadia
Andrew Volk
Cynthia Nguyen
Arthur Qi
Dave Saraswat
Minji Lee
Jonathan Mora
Kristi Mellom
Alice Yu
Ashleigh Rozsa
Candace Beilman
Heather Halperin
Naik Arbabzada
Reza Ojaghi
Brittany Schroeder
Jonathan Lee
Quinn McLellan
Jack Underschultz
Amira Aissiou
Rodger Craig
Karl Berendt
Levi Ansell
Jack Zhang
Ryan Chee
Michelle Wong
Brianna Salverda
Nicolas Gibson
Christina Ray
Eric Paxman
Jeremy Lee
Meredith Stadnyk
Richard He
Angela Messer
Alex Le
Jessica Brown
Allison Rau
Nicholas Taylor
Astrid De Boeck
Ryan Noble
Catherine Palme
Cole Boettger
Taylor Heinzlmeir
Scott Wong
Wei Chiang Lin
Cindy Qian
Alyssa Karasek
Dickson Leung
Jinny Donovan
Gabriel Painchaud
Samantha Hall
Wade Coutinho
Conner Sonke
Trevor Dorey
Sophia Yip
Claire Sumner
Kirstin Bester
Simbarashe Matoi
Justan Sawada
Melissa Shyian
Cassandra Nysten
Michael Taylor
Courtney Streu
Aleena Amjad Hafeez
Dana Boe
Hanjie Zhu
Ty Kim
George Kinley
Rei Chee
Kinjal Patel




ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2019
April 11-13, 2019 Philadelphia, PA
Canadian Reception – plan to attend Friday, April 12, 2019 (venue TBA)

ACP Quebec Chapter and ASMIQ Meeting / Inter-University Day
May 24-25, 2019
Montréal, QC

ACP Quebec Chapter Meeting and ASMIQ 21st Annual Meeting
In collaboration with the ACP Hawaii Chapter
June 26-28, 2019
Maui, Hawaii

The ACP Atlantic Provinces Chapters Annual Meeting 2019 will be held during the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine
October 2-5, 2019
Halifax, NS
Click for information

ACP Western Canada Chapters and Rocky Mountain GIM Annual Meeting
November 14-16, 2019
Banff, AB – The Rimrock Hotel

ACP Ontario Chapter Annual Meeting 2019
November 1-2, 2019
Watch for the Call for Abstracts and program in the spring.




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