India Governor's Newsletter April 2020

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B.A. Muruganathan, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

B.A. Muruganathan, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


From the desk of the Governor

I am very happy to connect with you through this newsletter for the first time in year of 2020 not in usual mood.

I know all of you are actively involved in the battle against COVID-19. Kindly continue your good work and contact us update your various activities at your place. We had planned for two ACP India Chapter Mid-Term Conferences one at Guwahati another at Chennai have to be cancelled because of COVID-19.

Every year American College of Physicians conducts Doctor's Dilemma Competition for Residents during the ACP Internal Medicine Congress at USA. Many countries used to participate in the international competition. Every country sends one team (Three Contestants, One Reserve and a Trainer).

For the first time this year, the American College of Physician's India chapter was planning to take part in the 2020 Doctor's Dilemma Competition in Los Angeles. The ACP India chapter conducted selection of best candidates for this programme in all the zones (North, East, West, South & Central). The final of All-India Doctors Dilemma Competition was conducted on December 22, 2019 at Chennai, involving all the zone winners. We had selected one team (Three Contestants, One Reserve and a Trainer).

We had arranged for them American Visa, Flight Tickets and hotel accommodation for the TEAM INDIA. ACP India Chapter had spent nearly Rupees twelve lakhs. More than the money our dream, enthusiasm of participating for the first time as TEAM INDIA at the international competition was totally smashed by the COVID-19. All our active members who were involved in selecting and training candidates from various medical colleges across the country for the last six months were highly disappointed and dejected. Personally I was the one really most disappointed and depressed as I had lot of plans, imagination, ambition and dreams. Anyway our task now is to protect the community, protect our members from this COVID-19.

COVID-19 has spoilt many of our programmes but cannot spoil our hope and positive energy. Let us fight the battle more vigorously and help the world to clear the menace of COVID-19

FUTURE PLANS (As planned before Covid-19 times)

We are entering into a beautiful and great year of 2020 with more aims & ambitions. I request you to focus the following services and projects in 2020;

  1. Membership Development programs – Each one Reach one.
  2. Organize CME (Continuous Medical Education) or CPD (Continuous Professional Development) programs in your region.
  3. Promote ACP and conduct academic activities for the students in nearby medical colleges at your region. Encourage students to become ACP member.
  4. Conduct heath screening camps around your area.
  5. Promote hospitalist concept (Hospital Medicine).
  6. Encourage small research projects.
  7. Encourage and Motivate – Wellness Clinic.
  8. Observe all health days like; World Cancer Day on World Health Day on 7th April, World Malaria Day on 25th April, World Hypertension Day on 17th May, World Thyroid Day on 21st May, World Heart Day on 29th September, World Diabetes Day on 14th November, World Antibiotic Awareness Week November 14th – 20th World AIDS Day on 1st December and etc.
  9. The best member who introduces more new members, conducts good programs will be rewarded and recognized suitably at the annual conference at Kochi.
  10. The advisory council member whose region performing well, will also be recognized.

CANCELLED – ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2020 at Los Angeles, USA

The American College of Physicians (ACP) has made the necessary and responsible decision to cancel its Internal Medicine Meeting 2020, originally scheduled to take place in Los Angeles, CA, April 23-25, 2020. ACP's decision is based on recent reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of rapidly escalating concerns about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The ACP headquarters will full refund your registration amount; no cancellation fees will be assessed.



Our fight against Covid-19

Apart from our active members working as warriors in the field we conducted the following programmes to update the knowledge.

WhatsApp CMEs about COVID-19

ACP India Chapter conducted the COUNTRY's FIRST NOVEL WHATSAPP CMEs on “ABC of Covid 19 (Novel Corona Virus) – Treatment and Prophylaxis” part-1, part-2 & part-3”

1st CME conducted on 23rd February

2nd CME conducted on 15th March

3rd CME conducted on 29th March

Dr. Jayaprakash Muliyil (Epedimiologist), Dr. G. Sengottuvelu (Cardiologist, Apollo, Chennai), Prof. Saravanan, (Endocrinologist & Metabolism, UK) & Prof. Priya Radhakrishnan (Governor – ACP Arizona USA).

During the 3rd CME we had specially invited some international participants;

5th April WhatsApp Quiz Programme on COVID-19.

Many public programmes, through media, TV, Newspaper, Seminars for students and public


Hope everyone is safe and healthy. Please protect yourself before protecting others. I request you to educate the public about the importance of staying at home, social distancing, frequent hand washing and surface cleaning.

Please advise your patients and give practical tips as how they can spend time usefully with family and children:

  • Cultivate the reading habit
  • Learning a new language
  • Breathing Exercise
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Not to get panic
  • Learning a new musical instruments
  • Online education
  • Writing some interesting articles
  • Home BP Monitoring and Blood Sugar Monitoring for required patients
  • Discourage them to use WhatsApp etc.

Herewith I am sending the “ACP COVID-19 Update” for internist sent by ACP headquarters for your reference.

ACP continues to develop and frequently update tools and information to assist ACP members during the COVID-19 pandemic. ACP is also advocating for additional measures to support front line physicians' access to personal protection equipment and necessary supplies and to ensure the financial viability of practices, and has provided policy guidance regarding routine office visits.

Latest COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19: An ACP Physician's Guide (Updated March 25, 2020)

Frequently updated online, mobile-friendly clinical overview of infection control and patient guidance including curated national resources. Recent updates include:

  • COVID-19 treatment–pharmacotherapy and resources
  • Updated general, hospital, and ambulatory clinical care resources
  • Ethics and healthcare capacity–added ventilator triage perspectives

New Annals of Internal Medicine COVID-19 Content

A collection of Annals of Internal Medicine articles related to COVID-19 is freely available and updated as new content becomes available. New topics include:

Additional Resources

COVID-19 Telehealth Coding and Billing Practice Management Tips (Updated March 24, 2020)

Free online tips and guidance for physician practices about using coding and telehealth for COVID-19.

Telemedicine: A Practical Guide for Incorporation into your Practice (Updated March 18, 2020)

Free online guide provides crucial information to help physicians introduce or expand the use of telemedicine during this public health crisis.

ACP's COVID-19 Member Forum

Discuss the evolving situation with colleagues and ACP leaders who are ID subspecialists (members only).

Check ACP's COVID-19 Resource Hub for additional tools and updated information.

ACP COVID-19 Resource Hub

Webinar recording available: Covid-19 Practical Advice & Support

Thank you for registering for “COVID-19: Practical Advice and Support from Internists on the Front Lines,” presented by the ACP Leadership Academy and the ACP Well-being and Professional Fulfillment program. A recording of the presentation is now available.

COVID-19: Practical Advice and Support from Internists on the Front Lines

Eileen Barrett, MD, MPH, SFHM, FACP, and Elisabeth Poorman, MD, MPH, share lessons learned and best practices from both the inpatient and outpatient front lines of the COVID-19 global pandemic. They explore the need to both acknowledge and address physician anxiety and fear of exposure to the coronavirus, as well as provide tips for how physicians can support one another while protecting their own wellbeing.

Recorded Webinar Link:

To claim CME credit, please visit:



Advisory Council Meeting on 7th & 8th March

ACP India Chapter Advisory Council Meeting conducted on 7th & 8th March at Hotel Poppys Vista, Tirupur.

During the meeting we had discussed the following; Membership Growth, Academic activities, Doctor's Medical Dilemma 2021 at USA, Research Fund, ACPCON 2020 at Kochi, FCRA Certificate, Wellness Clinics, Hospital Medicine and to tackle COVID-19.

American College of Physicians India Chapter and Indian Medical Association Tirupur celebrated World Women's Day and organised a CME on “Problems in day today Practice” (Interactive Session) March 7th night 09:00 PM at Tirupur IMA Hall, Dr. Muruganathan Auditorium.

ACP India Chapter Advisory Council Meeting


During ACP India Chapter & IMS Tirupur Branch celebrated World Women's day and organised a CME



CMEs under ACP India Chapter

Some photos of CME which were conducted under the banner of ACP India Chapter in Various places in the previous months

P K Panda Conducted World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) on 18-24th November 2019 in AIIMS Rishikesh with theme “The future of antibiotics depends on all of us” under the aegis of ACP-India Chapter


Dr. Divendu Bhushan (AIIMS-PATNA), conducted Diabetes CME on 17h Nov 2019 at AIIMA Patna


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Dr. C Rajan (DM Wayanad Institute of Medical Science) conducted one day CME on variety of current and relevant topics in Internal Medicine under the banner of American College of Physicians India Chapter


Physicians of Sultanpur (UP) organized a CME Program on 14th Feb 2020 at Sultanpur under the aegis of ACP India Chapter conducted by Dr. Ashish Srivastava


















India Chapter Annual Internal Medicine Congress 2020 at Kochi

This year ACP India Chapter 5th Annual Internal Medicine Congress will be held on 21st – 23rd August 2020 at Hotel Grand Hyatt-Lulu Bolgatty International Convention Center, Kochi, Kerala under the Dynamic team

Governor and Scientific Chairman – Dr. A. Muruganathan

Organising Chairman – Dr. K. Hari

Organising Vice Chairman – Dr. Sujith Vasudevan, Dr. Srinivasa Kamath & Dr. Dr. Abraham Ittyyachan. M

Organising Secretary – Dr. Anita Nambiar

Org. Joint Secretaries – Dr. Sajesh Ashokan & Dr. Sabitha Krishnamoorthy

Treaurer – Dr. G. R. Subbu

For Online Registration go to –



Last Chance: Dues Delinquent Members

I recently learned that some of your membership in the American College of Physicians will expire because your dues are not current. As Governor of your local ACP India chapter, I urge you to remain an active member of our community of internists and renew your membership online.

Membership in the College offers a network of 152,000 internists, world-class educational resources, highly regarded scientific programs, and comprehensive publications like Annals of Internal Medicine that help you to provide the best possible care for your patients.

In addition, our India Chapter holds an excellent scientific meeting offering convenient CME credit and a place to connect with your colleagues. We also have active committees to involve chapter members in planning the meeting and other programs. For more information, visit Web site at here and clicking on the link for India Chapter.

Please remain a member of ACP. You can easily renew your membership online call Customer Service at 800-ACP-1915 (M-F, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. ET) and pay the current year's dues. Your unpaid dues for the prior year will be waived.

I hope that you will remain a member of ACP and our India Chapter.

Our Chapter Committees welcome Fresh ideas

We are all better and stronger together than apart! We have shown progress in our membership, day in, day out increasing by 80%, since June 2019.

As on October 2019 Membership strength – 2400

As on March 2020 Membership strength – 2804