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Ontario Governor's Newsletter May 2019

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George K Dresser, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

George K. Dresser, MD, FACP, ACP Governor



Let me begin by extending my sincere thanks to our past Governor Dr. Irene Hramiak. She has set a high standard, shepherding our chapter through the last four years. I am very excited to “stand on the shoulders” of past and current chapter leadership as we endeavour to build upon the successes of this chapter.

During this last year as Governor-Elect, I have moved from a position of uncertainty about the relevance the ACP in the Canadian context to a position of confidence in the relevance of ACP initiatives to our situation in Ontario. The initiatives I am personally most excited about are (1) Physician wellness; (2) Promotion of the ongoing role for the “Master Clinician” within our increasingly fragmented healthcare system; (3) Emphasis on “Patients before paperwork”; and (4) Enhancing support for women in medicine.

In the USA, the ACP has been a voice of reason in their extremely complex health care system through strong advocacy efforts with State and Federal Governments. As Canadians, we do not have the same “skin-in-the-game,” but it is a pleasure as their friendly northern neighbours to walk beside them in these efforts. During my tenure as Governor in Ontario, I would like to explore the needs and desires of our membership regarding advocacy efforts in our province. Recent developments in the ongoing negotiations between the OMA and government have highlighted the fact that some physician groups do not feel well represented, and while I personally feel that a united approach is probably better than a fragmented approach to advocacy, our membership may have specific needs and skills to offer in the ongoing discussion of healthcare changes in our province.

I need to hear from you! As your new Governor, I want to understand your priorities, needs, and skills. Please feel free to email me directly Over the next six months, I will be sending out a number of small surveys to begin understanding how we, as the ACP, can enable local efforts to build physician wellness initiatives, promote Master Clinicians, emphasize “Patients before Paperwork” and begin to understand the specific challenges for women in medicine at all stages of training and practice.

I know you are busy. Despite that, we will only be able to support you if we understand your unique circumstances. Please take the time to respond to our surveys. We will absolutely review the information you provide and respond as best we can.

Thank you for giving me this opportunity to serve you in this role.




  • This year's Internal Medicine Meeting in Philadelphia was a resounding success with over 8,800 delegates from around the world along with 212 Canadians. The education was excellent, and I encourage you to attend future meetings.
  • The Convocation of the American College of Physicians is an annual ceremony whereby the College recognizes and applauds its new Fellows, Masters and the recipients of various honors. Congratulations to all new!
From left to right: Dr. Rebecca Kruisselbrink, New Fellow, Dr. George Dresser, Governor, Dr. Marek Jakubowski, New Fellow
  • Once again, Canada was well represented at the national ACP Doctor's Dilemma® Competition with teams from Ontario, Alberta, Quebec, and the Atlantic Provinces.

Congratulations to our team from the University of Toronto for making it to the final round. They finished an amazing 3rd amongst 52 teams!

From left to right: Dr. Anath Lionel, Dr. George Dresser (Governor), Dr. Jonah Himelfarb, Dr. Michael Ruiz




ACP Ontario Chapter Annual Meeting

November 1-2, 2019
Watch for the Call for Abstracts and program soon!
ACP Doctor's Dilemma Competition® – Call for Teams
Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Airport – Mississauga
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ACP Quebec Chapter and ASMIQ Meeting / Inter-University Day
May 24-25, 2019 in Montréal, QC

ACP Quebec Chapter Meeting and ASMIQ 21st Annual Meeting
In collaboration with the ACP Hawaii Chapter
June 26-28, 2019 in 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
Call for Abstracts and Awards

CALL FOR TEAMS - ACP Doctor's Dilemma Competition®
Hosted by the ACP Canadian Chapters
During the CSIM/ACP Atlantic Provinces Chapter Meeting
October 2-5, 2019 – Halifax, NS

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
Mississauga – Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Airport
Watch for the Call for Abstracts and program!

ACP Internal Medicine Meeting
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Rebecca Kruisselbrink, MD, FACP
Marek Jakubowski, MD, FRCPC, FACP


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Jacob Gelberg, MD
Alexis Gordon, MD
Emily Jones, MD
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Greg Sue-a-Quan, MD
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