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Governor's Newsletter March 2016

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Gustavo R. Heudebert, MD, MACP, ACP Governor

Gustavo R. Heudebert, MD, MACP, ACP Governor


From Your Governor

With Spring quickly approaching, my hope is that you will plan some time to take a deep breath, relax and enjoy your favorite activity…not only will you feel better, you will take one step towards combatting professional burnout. Let's not forget to take care of ourselves, too!

Our chapter has experienced some growth over the past year. I'd like to thank those of you who may have recruited a colleague to be part of the Alabama chapter. If you are not familiar with ACP's Recruit A Colleague Program, click here for more information. You can recommend membership to your colleagues and invite them to enjoy the same clinical support and educational resources that you have enjoyed as an ACP member. Although the deadline has passed for this year, it's not too early to being thinking about who you can invite next year; you may even earn significant discounts on your own membership dues by participating!

This year our chapter meeting brings a new and exciting feature as we will be combining forces with the Mississippi ACP chapter; highly qualified lecturers have been invited from both chapters and we expect, as usual, a very high quality from them. We have continued one lecture dedicated to the Art of Medicine and should have a treat by listening to the many contributions made by Tinsley Harrison, an Alabamian, during his illustrious career both within and outside the confines of Alabama. As always the friendly yet fierce competition amongst our training programs will be featured with the winner having not only the honor to represent the chapter but also, for the first time this year, the ability to keep for one year a newly minted trophy. To make the stakes even higher, this year's competition will also feature two teams from the Mississippi chapter and we would very much like to keep the trophy within our borders!

There is still time to register for Internal Medicine 2016. Full information is available here. You are invited to gather with other Alabama chapter members at a reception on Friday, May 6, 5:30PM, in the Mount Vernon Square room of the Marriot Marquis hotel. Hope to see you there!

While 2015 was indeed a year of great accomplishments for the ACP at the national level highlighted by the repeal of the SGR as well as major changes with the ABIM Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process, a number of important and ambitious initiatives are being pursued. At the core of these projects is what National ACP has aptly called recuperating the enjoyment of the practice of medicine; not surprising one of the major efforts are being directed toward a more rational use of the Electronic Health Record (EHR), as well as the identification of burnout and ways to manage and mitigate it. The ACP continues to be intimately involved with the transition of payment methodology for practicing physicians; finally, the ACP, while satisfied with the changes in the ABIM MOC process, continues to be engaged with this organization to be sure the content of the exam better reflects the current practice of those taking the exam.

This first year has been highly educational for me and I have been able to witness first hand the tremendous efforts done at the national level to better serve each of us independent of where we practice internal medicine. The dedication of the ACP leadership and their vision of a better health care system for the patients we serve is both palpable and commendable. Finally, my immense gratitude to Wick Many, the former Alabama ACP Governor for his mentorship and guidance in this transition year; Christi Long, our chapter administrator; the generous contributions of the members of the chapter council who volunteer their time in the most generous of ways; and my special thanks to Ryan Kraemer, responsible for the chapter meeting, as he has made the rather complex task of combing efforts with the Mississippi chapter a reality. I would have not been able to survive without their help and support.

It is a privilege to serve you!



New Chapter Fellows

Congratulations to our chapter's newest fellows, full dues paying members who have been recognized for their accomplishments and achievements over and above the practice of medicine:

Mukesh Kumar, MD, FACP (Montgomery)
Erin Snyder, MD, FACP (Birmingham)

For more information on the basic requirements and various pathways to fellowship, click here.



Welcome New Members

We hope that you will find value in your ACP membership. One of the best ways to do this is to get involved and stay involved in our local ACP chapter. Staying involved means staying informed, connected, and making sure your concerns are heard and addressed. As a chapter of the American College of Physicians, we offer our members opportunities to form local connections with colleagues while taking advantage of all of the resources that the College has to offer. On behalf of the entire chapter, we extend a hearty welcome to our newest members:


Ali S Al-Beshri, MD Hoover
Jon Tyler Baccus, MD Bessemer
Sarah Smith Bagwell, MD Homewood
Danielle Bayer, MD Birmingham
Katherine S Booker, MD Birmingham
Olivia M Brown, MD Birmingham
David N Campbell, MD Birmingham
Gary Chi-Hung Chan, DO PhD Mountain Brook
Brytney Snow Cobia, MD Birmingham
Teresa K Cornelius, MD Birmingham
William John Elliott, DO Birmingham
Sean R Field, MD Birmingham
Janemarie F Freeman, MD Birmingham
Sai Krishna Gadde, MD Birmingham
Kasey Gardner, MD Mobile
Kathleen Grisanti, MD Birmingham
Stephen Daniel Hull, DO Vestavia
Ayesha Jaleel, MD Birmingham
Andrew Jones, MD Homewood
Veronica K Kon Jara, MD Raleigh
Victor Lin, MD PhD Birmingham
Tasnia Matin, MD Birmingham
Jobeth Taylor McCoy, DO Birmingham
Emily W Nance, MD Birmingham
Jill A Neely, MD Birmingham
Christa R Nevin, MD Birmingham
Daniel Ontenient, MD Birmingham
Robert Oubre, MD Birmingham
Mary K Reischmann, MD Birmingham
Barton Sanders, MD Birmingham
Garrett B Sherwood, MD Homewood
Blake G Smith, MD Birmingham
David James Traynor, MD Huntsville
Thomas M Tyner, MD Homewood
Jeremy White, MD Birmingham
Karla Williams, MD Vestavia Hills
David W Windler, MD Birmingham
Steven Young, MD Birmingham


Ademola Abdulrauf, MD Tuscaloosa
Shameer B Abrahim, MBBS Saraland
Mohanad H Abu-Speitan, MD Tuscaloosa
Hicham Azzouzi, MD Madison
Jamie B Caudill, MD Enterprise
Huguette Douyon, DO Mobile
Roopan Elizabeth Farris, MD Birmingham
Robert M Frederickson, MD Birmingham
Larry Frank Gazzini MD Birmingham
Jason M Harrison, MD Mobile
Kierstin C Kennedy, MD Birmingham
Kondal Kyanam, MBBS Vestavia Hills
Darryl S Morin, MD Gadsden
Ajay S Patel, MD Vestavia Hills
Joseph S Rayburn, MD Rainbow City
David J Riddle, MD Birmingham
Todd K Schultz, MD Birmingham
Suraj Shah, MBBS Madison
Stephen T Simpson Jr, MD Mobile
Dwight M Spearman, DO Florence
Kenyetta RW Terrell, MD Gardendale
Linda Varghese, MD Dothan
Kenneth J Wool, MD Montgomery



Upcoming Resident/Fellow and Medical Student Activities

The chapter is hosting a poster competition for Resident/Fellows on Saturday, June 4, at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center in Birmingham (set up at 7am; judging at 10am). We will accept clinical vignettes or research abstracts. This will be a poster session separate from the clinical vignette oral presentations. The deadline for submission is March 31 at 11:59 pm. You can submit an abstract online here.

We would also like to invite medical students to participate in a separate poster competition on Friday, June 3, at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center (set up at 7am; judging at 10am). We will accept clinical vignettes or research abstracts. The deadline for submission is March 31 at 11:59 pm. You can submit an abstract online here.



What's Happening Nationally?

Help ACP Recruit Patients to Review Prostate Cancer Shared Decision-Making Aid

The American College of Physician's Center for Patient Partnership in Healthcare develops educational tools and resources to support improved partnership and communication between patients and clinicians. We are looking for input on some educational resources that will support men in making decisions about prostate cancer screening. We are asking if you would be willing to post a flyer in your waiting room or at your reception area to help us recruit men in their 50s and 60s to review these materials. For their participation, they will receive a $50 Amazon giftcard. Please let us know if you would be willing to post this information in your office. For more information, please e-mail Wendy Nickel or Step 3.

ACP Launches New Website

ACP has launched a newly rebuilt and redesigned web site. The site features a contemporary design that incorporates task-based navigation and provides quicker access to features that ACP members use most.

Whether members want to find ACP's clinical or policy recommendations, access CME and MOC resources, renew their membership, or register for an event, the content they need to find is just a few clicks away. Additionally, as part of this project, the ACP chapter websites hosted by the College have also been redesigned and better integrated into the overall site.

The new site is also mobile- and touch-friendly, with a responsive interface that automatically optimizes for all devices (e.g., desktop, smartphone, tablet). We will continue to update and refine our new site to fully leverage these new technologies and opportunities. We're already planning many additional enhancements, including a more personalized experience for members.

Take a moment to explore the new site today.

ACP Announces the Steven E. Weinberger Award for Physician Executives/Leaders

The Awards Committee of the American College of Physicians invites your assistance in recognizing the accomplishments of distinguished physician executives/leaders through the College's Steven E. Weinberger Award for Physician Executives/Leaders. This newly established award will be bestowed upon a physician executive or leader of a national or international medical organization for distinguished contributions to internal medicine or significant impact on improving healthcare and/or medical education. The physician executive/leader should be a full time employee, not serving in an elected position.

Nominations are now being accepted for the inaugural Steven E. Weinberger Award for Physician Executives/Leaders. All nominations must be submitted via the online form no later than July 1, 2016.

Step 1: Identify a qualified nominee.
Step 2: Collect support letters from two others who feel strongly about your nominee. With few exceptions, almost anyone can write nomination and support letters, including non-physicians.
Step 3: Submit your nomination letter, supporting letters, a brief biographical sketch of the nominee and the nominee's curriculum vitae by July 1.

Nominating and supporting letters should address:

  • What are the significant contributions of the nominee to internal medicine or the improvement of healthcare and/or medical education?
  • Describe how the work has had regional, national or international impact.
  • How have the nominee's contributions been sustained over time?

Click here for more information about the American College of Physicians' awards program. Please contact Meghann Williams, Administrator, Awards Program with any questions you may have.