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Arizona Governor's Newsletter December 2017

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Robert Aaronson, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Robert Aaronson, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Message from the Governor

Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year to everyone!

What a year it has been, and I have little doubt that there will be more challenges and changes to come. With that, I first thank and applaud every one of you who is engaged in the hard work of patient care, education and medical discovery. I also thank you for your membership and participation in ACP, through which we fight on to maintain and promote excellence in patient care, the interests of our patients, the integrity of our profession, and the satisfaction and well-being of each of our members.

I recognize that, for many, the joy of medicine is waning and both frustrations and anxiety are on the rise. In my journey, I've found myself needing to stop more and more often to intentionally focus on the pleasures and privileges of medicine, the satisfactions of personal contact, of service, of being entrusted with someone's life, of balancing hard choices and struggling to do right. In that, I know that this is a commitment and a challenge we all share.

Promoting Physician Wellness will be a driving priority of our Chapter efforts in the coming year and beyond, and please know that this has become a national focus of ACP. You will be hearing from us about resources and activities aimed to help. I invite and encourage you to reach out to us with your concerns and frustrations, so that we can focus our advocacy efforts; with your suggestions, so we can better plan our member activities; and your solutions, so that we can share them with each of you.

I hope you made it to October's Annual Scientific Meeting in Tucson. By all accounts, it was a great success, with 253 attendees, 13.5 hours of CME and MOC credit, two SEP modules, encompassing 4 hours of CME, over 160 posters, a variety of collegial, intense and entertaining competitions involving Arizona's medical schools and internal medicine residencies, and wonderful opportunities to build professional relationships, strengthen old bonds and make new friends. Thank you to our Annual Meeting Program committee and its chair, Eugene A. Trowers, Jr., MD, FACP, for having made this such a wonderful an event. In 2018, we'll be back at the Memorial Union at Arizona State University in Tempe, November 9 - 11. PLEASE put in on your calendar and, if you're up for a good challenge and even better fun, join us on the planning committee. Let Dixie know of your interest. The Chair of the Chapter Meeting for 2018 is Mark Zubriski, MD, PhD, FACP.


  • Our Advocacy committee continues vigorously!! Shak Rehman, MD, FACP, is planning an “AZ Chapter ACP “Day” at the State Legislature, coming up on February 7, 2018.
  • Follow this link to register for ACP AZ's Day at the Arizona State Legislature
  • Watch for information about “Leadership Days” in Washington DC in 2018, May 22 - 23. Your Chapter sends a delegation. There are five stipends available, preference set for medical students and residents. Watch for more information on how to apply. It is an AMAZING experience!!
  • Another easy way to make your voice heard is by joining AIMn (Advocates for Internal Medicine Network) for updates on legislative issues and opportunities to influence state and national legislators. Click here to join.

Early-Career Physicians

  • Our Early Career Physicians committee is looking ahead to a new year full of opportunities for all. Watch for announcements!!

Hospitalist/IMG Physicians 

  • Our Hospitalist/IMG committee teamed up with our Resident/Fellow committee for a “Welcome to Arizona Meet and Greet” in Tucson in June. It was a great success!!!

Resident/Fellow Physicians

  • The Resident/Fellow Council Journal Club series continues. Watch for more details!
  • Watch also for the upcoming Transitions edition!!

Medical Students

  • The Medical Student committee continues with enthusiastic student leadership. They have a Journal Club scheduled for January 2018.


  • Our Awards committee continues to identify and successfully promote Arizona ACP members for recognition both locally and nationally. This year was no exception! Much more info in this Newsletter!!

Finally, Membership remains both our richest resource and an essential challenge, and our Membership committee continues to work to make Arizona ACP a healthier and more engaged Chapter. We can use your help! If you value ACP as a resource for professional growth and a force to promote your values, please reach out to your colleagues and tell them why you are a member, and why they should be. And don't forget about ACPs Recruit-a-Colleague Program. Recommend ACP membership to your colleagues and earn a significant discount on your membership dues or even free membership.

Like any membership organization, ACP Arizona only succeeds if we meet the needs of our members. If we aren't, please let me know. Better yet, email me to join one of our committees, so we can change things together.

I wish you and your loved ones Happy Holidays and a healthy and happy New Year!





Rob Aaronson, Governor



2017 ACP Arizona Chapter Scientific Meeting

The ACP Arizona Chapter 2017 Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions meeting, “Internal Medicine 2017 – Challenges and Solutions”, held in Tucson at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Reid Park, recently concluded.

There were speakers about Opioids & Pain Management, about Osteoporosis Management; about Physician Well-Being and a conversation about psych med prescribing. Nitin S. Damle, MD, MACP, was our ACP speaker, who also shared insights about the Health Effects of Global Climate Change. Doctor's Dilemma completions, both medical student and resident, provided lots of entertainment and excitement, really! and there was an impressive number of posters presented.

Friday's program included Maintenance of Certification ABIM SEP Modules Updates on Pulmonology led by Governor Aaronson and Nathaniel Reyes, MD. That was followed by an Internal Medicine Module, led by Constantia Abarikwu, MD and Evan Holdsworth, MD. The Faculty Medical Education Consortium Luncheon, featured a Keynote address by UA Dean Kevin Moynahan, MD, FACP; followed by a Panel Discussion – Two Controversies: Opioids & Pain Management, led by Aram Mardian, MD, and Osteoporosis Management, with Paul Howard, MD, MACP.


Residency Directors throughout the state gathered to share with medical students and “Beyond Residency” covered the topic of preparing for Fellowship and/or Clinical Practice.

With 160 +/- Posters entered this year, Friday and Saturday afternoon Poster competitions were fierce.

Under the leadership of Avtar Singh, MD, teams of medical students competed in the Medical Students Doctor's Dilemma competition.


The medical student competition was won by students from UA-COM – T. That team went on to compete again on Sunday….stay tuned for the story of that team!!

The Friday night Governor's Dinner featured a dynamic speaker, Fernando Martinez, MD, discussing environmental influences on asthma in U.S. farming populations of the Indiana Amish and the South Dakota Hutterites. It was, honestly, fascinating and exciting!


Eugene Trowers, MD, FACP and Chair of the 2017 Chapter Meeting finished the evening with a powerful message of encouragement and hope. Throughout, a good time was had by all!


On Saturday, after the Governor's Council Breakfast and the Governor's Welcome, Chapter was happy to welcome Nitin S. Damle, MD, MS, MACP, who informed all about the business of ACP – sharing “Views from the ACP Leadership. This was followed by another amazingly informative information panel – Healthcare Challenges and Solutions, moderated by Shakaib Rehman, MD, FACP, with member Russell Heigh, MD, FACP, and lobbyist Steve Barclay, JD.


Not missing a step, the next event included some very helpful presentations about Precision Medicine. Anita C. Murcko, MD, FACP led the panel and introduced speakers Kenneth Ramos, MD, PhD, PharmB and Charles Cairns, MD, FACEP, FAHA.


On Saturday afternoon, Dr. Rehman stepped up again, challenging all with the solution to “Challenging Patient Encounters” and Priya Radhakrishnan, MD, FACP, explained some of the ins and outs of MIPS Reporting. Poster judges then assembled again, and dozens of carefully prepared posters were presented. After that, Amanda Cattelino, MD and Allan Markus, MD, FACP presented information on treating Anxiety and Insomnia in Primary Care, followed by Mari Ricker, MD, discussing Physician Well-being in Training.

The last event of the day was the exciting preliminary round of Residents Doctor's Dilemma™ Competition. Here are UA South and Phoenix IM Res. teams.


Sincere thanks to all speakers, judges, Doctor's Dilemma™ competitors and Poster presenters!

Sunday, the Keynote speaker, Nitin S. Damle, MD, MS, MACP, explained the Health Effects of Global Climate Change.

Following that, the Oral Vignettes were presented.

Those presenters and their Programs:

Mayo Clinic Arizona – Preston Seaberg, MD
St. Joseph's Hospital & MC – Naomi Habib, MD
Maricopa MD – Radhika Huliyar, MD
UACOM-South – Emilio Perez Power, MD
HonorHealth – Jameson Ross Petersen, MD
Canyon Vista MD – Christabel Moy, DO
UACOM @ University Campus – Rilwan Balogun, MD
Verde Valley MD – Sonia Hasbun, MD
UACOM – Phoenix IM Res – Salam Mohammed Arif, MBChB


Salam Mohammed Arif, MBChB will be going to National IM in April, representing the Arizona Chapter.

After a short break, it was time for the Doctor's Dilemma finals!! The UACOM-P Medical Students competed against Mayo Clinic Arizona, UACOM – P IM Residents and Maricopa MS. The results were tied, and went to “sudden death”! Chapter Doctor's Dilemma winners were from the UA-COM-P – the medical students! Pictured here is the team: Victor Arce, Tarek Eid and Cris Molina.


The Chapter awards soon followed:

Chapter Laureate: Kevin Moynahan, MD, FACP
Leader of the Year: Allan Markus, MD, FACP
Volunteerism & Community Service: Kerilynn Bollman, MD, FACP


Early Career Physician: Adebisi Alli, DO, FACP
Educator of the Year: Shannon Skinner, MD, FACP


Internist of the Year: M. Zuhdi Jasser, MD, FACP
Researcher of the Year: Monica Kraft, MD, FACP
Hospitalist of the Year: Jordan B. Coulston, MD

Once again, the Resident of the Year honor was shared between Preston Seaberg, MD, Mayo Clinic AZ and Nafis A. Shamsid – Deen, MD, UACOM- P IM Residents.

The Medical Student award was also shared – between Shovna Mishra, ATSU/SOMA and Morgan Whitaker, UA COM-T.


The last activity of the Chapter Meeting is the awarding of the “golden stethoscope to 2018 Chapter Meeting Chair Mark A. Zubriski, pictured here with outgoing Chair Dr. Trowers.


Thank you Dr. Trowers for an energetic, entertaining, and informative Chapter Meeting!


And the following for their donation or loan of goods and services:

  • University of Arizona Telemedicine Program, for the generous loan of AV items
  • Janet Major, for her technical expertise, photographic talents and all around good work!!

We want to also express our gratitude to poster judges and oral vignette judges who patiently and carefully observed and evaluated the posters, the presentations, and the presenters.


To you - all committee members and Chapter Meeting participants – we extend hearty thanks!!!

See you all in Tempe, at ASU November 9 - 11, 2018!




2017 ACP Arizona Chapter Medical Student & Resident/Fellow Competitions

Oral Clinical Vignettes

First Place: Salam Mohammed Arif, MBChB UACOM - P IM Residency
Second Place: Preston Seaberg, MD Mayo Clinic, Phoenix
Third Place: Sonia Hasbun, MD Verde Valley Medical Center


Poster Presentation Winners

Medical Student Winners

First Place: Melody Maarouf, UACOM – T, “Disordered Presentation of Paraneoplastic Pancreatitis Polyarthritis & Panniculitis Syndrome Associated w/ Pancreatic Cancer”
Second Place: Bethany Bennett, UACOM – P, A Prospective Study of Factors Contributing to Scorpion Envenomation in Arizona”
Third Place: Janet DeSalvo, UACOM-T, An unusual case of gross hematuria in an ex-smoker

PGY-1 Poster Winners

First Place: Marlena Szewczyk, MD, UACOM-South, “Minimally invasive approaches for longitudinal assessment of the aerodigestive system in mice”
Second Place: Any Davis, MD, Mayo Clinic Phoenix, “Bio prosthetic Valve Thrombosis While on Novel Oral Antidoagulant for Atrial Fibrillation”
Third Place: Sabirah Kasule, MD, Mayo Clinic Phoenix, Rivaroxaban-Induced Skin Necrosis in a Patient with Anti-phospholipid Syndrome”

Research Poster Winners

First Place: Francisco Mora, MD, UACOM – S, “Snakebites in an Ecuadorian Hospital in the Amazon Rainforest: Epidemiological profile”
Second Place: Nathan Delafield, MD, Mayo Clinic Phoenix, “Characterization and Management of Coccidiodomycosis in Patients Treated with Inhibitors of Tumor Necrosis Factor-Alpha”
Third Place: Justin Shipman, MD, Mayo Clinic Phoenix, “Effect of atropine on patient symptoms and outcomes following dobutamine stress echocardiography in the pre-liver transplant population.”

Case Report Poster Winners

First Place: Sara Sani , MD, UACOM – T University Campus, “Not Your Typical Arizona Granuloma”
Second Place: Tingrui Wang, MD, St. Joseph's Hospital & Medical Center, “Overcoming Chemotherapy Resistance by Targeting IGF-1 AXIS in a Patient with Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer”
Third Place: Thomas Hanzlik, MD, UACOM – T University Campus, A Puzzling Cause of a Common Electrolyte Abnormality”

Patient Safety/Quality Improvement Poster Winners

First Place: Madhav Chopra, MD, UACOM – P IM Res, “Adverse Patient Event due to Format of Computerized Order Set: A Patient Safety Case Report”
Second Place: Mateja Lekic, MD, UACOM – P IM Res, “Echocardiography Use with Heart Failure Readmissions: When is it Appropriate?”
Third Place: Akshjot Puri, MD, UACOM-P IM Res, “A comparative analysis between quality improvement techniques to increase colon cancer screening rates at IMC clinic



Congratulations to the Newest ACP-AZ Fellows

Please take a moment to join us in congratulating and welcoming to Fellowship the following members of the ACP Arizona Chapter who achieved the distinction of Fellowship in the American College of Physicians in 2017:

Shilpa Lankala, MD, FACP
Richard V. Guthrie, DO, FACP
Mary Margaret Jones, MD, FACP
Dung T. Nguyen, DO, FACP
Anthony V. Torres, MD, FACP
Alejandro Chapa Rodriguez, MD, FACP
Vinay A. Shah, MD, FACP
Brenda L. Shinar, MD, FACP
Bhupinder Singh Natt, MD, FACP
Rajesh Kotagiri, MBBS, FACP
Juliana M. Kling, MD, FACP
John F. Rausch, Jr., MD, FACP
Ali S. Al-Yaqoobi, MBChB, FACP
Adebisi Alli, DO, FACP
Adonis Jabbour, MD, FACP
Dan Capampangan, MD, FACP
Eduardo A. Rodriguez Zarate, MD, FACP
Gerald S. Asin, MD, FACP
Heather M. Bartz, DO, FACP
Kalyan Prudhvi, MBBS, FACP
KeriLyn Bollmann, MD, FACP
Nachiket Patel, MD, FACP
Norman E. Mendoza, MD, FACP
Osaf Ahmed, MBBS, FACP
Rene J. Beckham, MD, FACP
Rinely R. Aguiar-Olsen, MD, FACP
Robert G. Leigh, MD, FACP
Sandeep Yarlagadda, MBBS, FACP

When you meet any of these distinguished doctors, remember to congratulate them!



Apply for Fellowship

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Join ACP Advocates in IM Network - AIMn!

If you don't speak for Internal Medicine, who will? ACP's continued success on Capitol Hill greatly depends upon year-round grassroots support from the College's more than 8,000 participants in the Advocates for Internal Medicine Network (formerly known as the “Key Contact Program”). Advocates e-mail, call and meet with their members of Congress on issues of importance to medical students, internists and their patients; and report the results back to ACP.

Do not be concerned if you do not have an existing relationship with your member of Congress, ACP can give you the tools for that. No matter your membership class, enroll in the Advocates for Internal Medicine Network.



Updates on ACP Arizona Chapter Programs

Register NOW! Seventh Annual ACP State Legislature Day!!


Wednesday, February 7, 2018
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Arizona State Capitol
1700 West Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85007
Learn about the Arizona political process first hand!
No Charge!!
Register at this link.



Updates on National ACP Programs

Internal Medicine Meeting 2018


The most comprehensive meeting in Internal Medicine is taking place April19 – 21, 2018. Come to the meeting early and take advantage of ACP pre-courses for focused, intense learning on a variety of internal medicine subjects.

More information.


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ACP members receive free access to DynaMed Plus through early 2018. After this, members will be eligible for a deeply discounted annual subscription.

ACP Membership Recruitment Opportunities for YOU

Recruit-a-Colleague Chapter Rewards Program 2017-2018

As an expansion of the national Recruit-a-Colleague program, rewards are given to chapters that encourage local level peer-to-peer recruitment. This program is an excellent opportunity for chapters to build membership while earning chapter revenue and helping members earn dues credits.

The national Recruit-a-Colleague program rewards successful recruiters with dues credits for each new full Member or Physician Affiliate member recruited (up to the amount of annual dues) and a chance to win a trip to the annual Internal Medicine meeting. The program runs each year from April 1 through March 1. Applications must be received by March 1, 2018.

The chapter program still rewards the individual recruiter as stated above, but it also:

  • Provides a $100 reward to the recruiter's chapter for each new member recruited
  • Provides one free registration to Internal Medicine 2019 for the chapter per every 10 new members recruited
  • Provides an additional $25 reward to chapters for each of the first two years that a new member who is recruited through this program renews his/her membership