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halid M. Azzam, MBBS, CPE, MS-HQSMi, FACP, ACP Governor

Khalid M. Azzam, MBBS, CPE, MS-HQSMi, FACP, ACP Governor



As we welcome 2024, I'd like to extend my warmest greetings to all members of the ACP Ontario Chapter. Reflecting on the past year, serving as your Governor since April 2023 has been an honour. Our journey together has been enriching and marked by shared learning.

One of our highlights in 2023 was the November ACP Ontario Chapter Annual Meeting in beautiful Niagara Falls. This event showcased the depth and diversity of our Chapter's talent and expertise. We were fortunate to have ACP Ambassadors Dr. Mukta Panda and Dr. Tammy Lin deliver insightful keynote presentations. Their focus on physician well-being, particularly moral injury, burnout, and strategies for maintaining wellness, resonated deeply with our audience. Their expertise and guidance in these crucial areas provided invaluable takeaways for all attendees. I personally acquired new skills that I implemented in my day-to-day practice. I am working with Dr. Panda and Dr. Lin in planning follow-up virtual learning opportunities to keep this work going.

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Another significant aspect of the meeting was the Laureate Award presentation. Congratulations to Dr. Paul Tam, our Chapter’s 2023 Laureate Award Recipient. He shared with us his journey in the evolution of Chronic Kidney Disease Programs in Ontario, offering a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and advancements in this critical area of healthcare focused on advocacy.

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We had various educational and networking opportunities at the Annual Meeting. The program included a Simulation Lab, a Poster Competition, and a Welcome Reception. Additionally, attendees benefited from sessions like "Top 5 Papers for Internal Medicine Physicians in 2023," presented by Dr. Talha Syed, and "Hot Topics in Hospital Medicine," led by Dr. Haroon Yousuf, with outstanding presentations from Drs. Amanda Huynh, Mohannad Abu-Hilal, Jenny Thain, and Aasim Hasany. The meeting concluded with a social event at the Niagara Parks Power Station.

A highlight of our annual meeting was the poster session, which showcased innovative research and clinical insights from our members. Congratulations to the winners of the 2023 Poster Competition:

1. Dr. Jordana Herblum for her poster on an unusual cause of primary amenorrhea.

2. Hibo Rijal for her systematic review on biologic therapy in skin of colour participants.

3. Angela Kwan for her study on the impacts of metabolic disruption on cognitive function post-COVID-19.

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Additionally, the Doctor's Dilemma Competition was a thrilling display of knowledge and teamwork, moderated by the talented Dr. Ahraaz Wyne.  Western University's team, comprising of Dr. Sarah Ghnaim, Dr. Omar Khan, and Dr. Yi Nong (Sally) Song were triumphant for the second consecutive year. Their victory against the McMaster Team in a friendly competition highlights our resident members' exceptional talent and dedication.

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Our Chapter's 2024 Annual Meeting will be held during the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine Annual Meeting October 16-19, 2024. Please mark your calendar, and we look forward to seeing you all in Hamilton. 

As we enter the new year, let's continue fostering a spirit of collaboration and excellence in internal medicine in Ontario. Here's to another year of learning, growth, and community within the ACP Ontario Chapter.

Wishing everyone a prosperous and fulfilling 2024!






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