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Ontario Chapter Governor's Newsletter May 2017

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Irene Hramiak, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Irene Hramiak, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Governor's Message - Dr. Irene Hramiak

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 with over 250 Canadians registered.

There were a number of sessions I attended that stressed the work that the ACP is doing on behalf of physicians in these tumultuous times. The ACP advocacy program is particular timely and strong in speaking out about the recent immigration policies that have been proposed. The American chapters have been active in meeting with their senators and congress representatives to stress how many of our colleagues are affected personally by these policies.

There was an excellent session on listening to our patients and how we often hear what we want to hear and the patient's perception is very different. The key is to take the time to reflect on and listen to verbal and non-verbal cues. That is something that is hard to do in a busy day for all of us.

It is a pleasure to serve as your Governor and a high point is working with medical students and residents starting on their journey in internal medicine. There are many choices and challenges in choosing their careers. Students today have to strategize and choose much earlier than in decades past. With all the subspecialties that have matured there is always more choices each year to consider.

It was a highlight for me to welcome our new Fellows at the convocation ceremonies, an annual ceremony whereby the ACP recognizes and applauds its new Fellows and the recipients of various honors. It is important that we recognize that ACP Fellowship signifies an achievement in the eyes of the College and our colleagues. I encourage all of you to consider nominating a colleague who has a career that fulfills the criteria in academic or community practice. The application process is simple; please click here.



Convocation 2017
L-R: Dr. Omalkhaire Alshaikh;
Dr. Nazik Hammad;
Dr. Irene Hramiak (Governor);
Dr. Imtiaz Khan.
Congratulations also to
Dr. Rimon Ghattas and Dr. Robina Rana.

Once again a Doctor's Dilemma team from Ontario (Dr. Reza Mirza, Dr. Tooba Ali and Dr Michael Wang all from McMaster) 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. Congratulations to the Ontario team who won a coveted spot in the finals. They did not take the trophy home…..this year!



Plan to attend our Chapter's next annual meeting November 1-4, 2017!

This will be held during the annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine (CSIM) at the Hyatt Regency Toronto.

The Call for Abstracts is now open!

General meeting information can be found by clicking here.



Welcome to our new chapter members!

Hilalion Ahn Connor Inglis Brahim Redouane, MD
Mohit Ajmeri James Jae Leila Reguigui
Ilya Al Salman Alok Joseph Brandon Reid
Waleed Alghamdi Amanpreet Kalkat Gaeun Rhee
Ayman Al-Saleh, MBBS FACP Coralea Kappel Daniel Rode
Samuel Amankwah Ali Khalid Amir Rumman, MD
Anand Pareshkumar Amin Hassan Khan Alicia Salamani
Rupinder K Bhella Imtiaz M S Khan, MD FACP Bradley Sarak, MD
Leanne Brown Brandon Kingston Faranak Sharifi Ghorveh
Brandon Budhram Ivan Leung Shukrullah Shunbuli
Nedal Bukhari, MBBS FACP Kira Macdougall Jasjit Singh
Alishya Burrell, MD Alexandra McClenahan Kulraj Singh, MD
Deepti Chopra Richard Medford Matthew Skea
Matthew Clifford-Rashotte, MD Rohit Mehta, MD Adam Suleman
Emma Cronk Kerry Mendelsohn Bhavini Tailor
Sonali De Chickera, MD Georgios Mihalopulos Carolyn Tan
Gousia Dhhar Siddharth Mishra Nadia Tanious
Priya Dhir Danielle Moorman, MBBSBCh Martin Theriault
Yuan Yi (Ryan Dong) Steven Morrison Andrew Tran
Monica Edward Amro Nagy Simon Tsui, MD
Abdurahman M Emsalem, MBBCh Javad Najjar Mojarrab Jenna Ulrich
Michael Falconi Frederic Nguyen Srishti Visen
Mark Fraccaro Abhishek Pandya Priya Vora
Nikita Gill Dipesh Patel Kyle Walker
Enrique Guerra, MD Subeena Phull Tianyun Wang
Sapna Gupta Robert Puckrin Madeleine Warwick, MD
Usman Hamid Judy Qiang Paul Watson
Jomana Hashim, MBBS Yeshna Ramnauth Kyle Wilson
Elizabeth Hendren, MD Robina I Rana, MD FACP Xingnan Xu, MD
Gloria Hong Dean Raso, MD Patrick Zakhary
Raza Hussain Alana Rawana Wayel Zanjir, MBBS



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

Call for Abstracts and General Information

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



ACP's Work to Reduce Burnout and Promote 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.

Lastly, if you are looking to connect with ACP colleagues on this issue of physician wellness, please visit ACP's Member Forums on Promoting Physician Wellness and Preventing Burnout.



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.



Calling all Residents and Medical Students!

Do you want to be an active member of this vibrant chapter! We are seeking residents and students to assist with local activities of interest – journal clubs, career nights, lunch & learn educational sessions. Interested parties, please email

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