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Alberta Governor's Newsletter May 2017

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

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


Governor's Message - Dr. Narmin Kassam

Welcome spring! I am pleased to report that the recent ACP Internal Medicine Meeting in San Diego was another success with approximately 6,900 delegates from around the world including over 250 Canadians. It was a pleasure to see many of you at the Canadian Chapters' reception and we hope to continue working with the other Canadian Provincial Chapters to keep this an annual tradition.

Once again a Doctor's Dilemma team from Alberta (Dr. Ken Sun, Dr. Raymond Xing, and Dr. Graham Mah) did us proud. Canada had 5 teams (Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, BC, Atlantic Provinces) compete in this year's annual ACP Doctor's Dilemma® with Alberta and Ontario making it through to the semi-finals. They did not take the trophy home but there is always next year!

2017 Doctor's Dilemma Team from the University of Alberta

At the local level, our continuing monthly “Medical Jeopardy” competitions at the University of Alberta Hospital Sites have been a resounding success pitting the 3 CTU resident/student teams against each other at the end of each rotation for the coveted Pizza 73 prize. Congratulations to all winning teams – hope you enjoyed the pizza.

On March 15, Dr. Anca Tapardel hosted a Year 1 and 2 medical student stories from the wards pizza/pop event sponsored by ACP Alberta. This was well attended by students and faculty.



Mark your calendars for November 16-18, 2017!

Join us at the next Rocky Mountain/ACP Western Canada (BC, Alberta, Manitoba/Saskatchewan) Internal Medicine Scientific Meeting to be held at the Rimrock Resort in Banff, Alberta. Stay tuned for details!



ACP's Work to Reduce Burnout and Promote Professional Satisfaction and Wellness

Recent data show that more than half of the US physicians have symptoms of burnout. In response to this, ACP is in the midst of a multi-year effort to promote professional satisfaction, support physician wellness, and reduce burnout. Courses are being offered at the national ACP Internal Medicine meetings on work-life balance, resilience, burnout and wellness.

ACP members wishing to learn more about reducing and preventing burnout may find these resources helpful. In addition, the American Medical Association, in partnership with ACP and the Hennepin County Medical Center, has developed Steps Forward, which are modules addressing seven key steps to help prevent burnout.



Welcome to New Members!

Hassan Ali, MBBS
Rasheed Hosein, MD
Leonard Lim
Evan Minty, MD
Loan T Nguyen, MD
Cesar M Rodriguez Velez, MD
Michael W Russell, MD
Sheela Vijay, MD



Become an FACP Today!

Becoming an FACP® is a distinction earned from colleagues who recognize your accomplishments and achievements in medicine. The application process is simple and I encourage you to pursue this honour. Please contact me with any questions at



Calendar of Events

ACP Quebec Chapter Meeting
Congrès Neurologie
May 27-28, 2017
Saint-Sauveur, QC
Conference website

Perioperative Care Congress: Science, Evidence and Practice
June 2-4, 2017
The Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, ON
Conference website

The ACP Ontario Chapter Annual Meeting 2017 will be held during the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine (CSIM)
November 1-4, 2017
Hyatt Regency – Toronto, ON
Click for the Call for Abstracts

Western Chapters and Rocky Mountain GIM Conference
November 16-18, 2017
Banff, AB
Watch the website for details

ACP Atlantic Provinces Chapter Annual Meeting 2017
November 24-25, 2017
Dalhousie – Halifax, NS

ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2018
April 19-21, 2018
New Orleans, LA
Click here for information



Recruit a Colleague and Save!

Receive a dues discount by recruiting colleagues to ACP membership! And be entered to win a trip to the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2018 in New Orleans! The more members recruited during the promotional period, the more entries you receive.

Click here for details and to download the international application form.



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Alberta Governor's Newsletter May 2017