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Debra L. Stottlemyer, MD,
Governor, ACP Southern California Region II
Happy Fall! It's been six months since our last newsletter, and
it has been a busy time for SoCal2. Hope these six months have been
happy and productive for you as well.
Boston Convention Center
Boston, MA was a wonderful place for the ACP to begin its
year-long Centennial Celebration-a celebration which will culminate
at Internal Medicine Week 2016 in Washington DC on May 5-7, 2016.
Pre-courses will be held May 3-4. And since we will already be
gathering in Washington, 2016 Leadership Day will also be happening
on May 3-4. It promises to be an intense and delightful week!
A number of our poster winners from the October 2014 Southern
California Chapter meeting traveled to Boston to compete in the
national poster competition. We are proud of them!
Heather Hoffmann, MD (UCI) [co-poster with
Anh Tuan Pham, MD (LL)]Rola Khedraki, MD (UCI)Neesha Mody, MS (UCI)David Tehrani, MS (UCI)
Heather Hoffmann, MD presenting at National ACP with her ACP
As reported in our last newsletter, our chapter held the annual
poster session for SoCal2 residents and students in Loma Linda, CA
on September 20, 2015. It was an excellent event. We had 83 posters
on display including 4 posters within a new category: "Early Career
Physicians." ACP defines early career physicians as those out of
training but less than 16 years from medical school graduation. Dr.
Amin and I are planning to expand this category and invite all
early career physicians to submit posters for future meetings-so if
you are eligible, plan on submitting an abstract next fall.
Dr. Larry Loo, MD, MACP was the Chair of our
Poster Competition that was beautifully organized. My thanks to him
and the 30 + volunteer judges who showed up on Sunday to engage
with our residents and students!
Two early career physicians with their posters: Amy Hayton, MD and
Kathie Huang, MD, FACP
Three judges hard at work: Steve Lee, DO, Chair of Clinical
Competency Committee at Kaiser Fontana; Steward Shankel, MD, MACP,
Past Chair Department of Medicine, UCR; Bryant Nguyen, MD, Chief,
Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care, LLU.
The SoCal2 Chapter Officers voted to give up to a $300 travel
stipend to each of the 18 poster winners to offset travel costs to
Monterey for the All-California Chapter Meeting on Oct 30-Nov 1. We
are appreciative that 13 of them were able to attend.
- Lisa Dao*
- Jesse Keeler
- Brian Kahn*
- Michelle Dilley*
- Hurnan Vongsachang*
- Reema Ghatnekar*
- Subir Bhatia
- Jennifer Salame*
- Danielle Wang*
- Lakshmi Ganesan
- Christine Akamine*
- Yong Ji*
- Chung Cuiffo
- Kimberly Truong*
- Kristen Nguyen*
- Cory Taylor
- Amy Belinghausen-Stewart*
- Danish Abbas*
Please join me in congratulating each one of them!
*Also presented at the All California Chapter Meeting on October
Some of our poster winners with Dr. Loo and Dr. Stottlemyer
In addition to the poster competition, we sponsored our regional
Doctors Dilemma™ Competition. Four residency programs sent a
team to the jeopardy event: Kaiser Fontana, Loma Linda, UCI, and
UCR. UCI's team took home the winning title.
Doctors Dilemma(TM) with Moderator Dan Owyang, Chief Resident,
Riverside County Regional Medical Center. Our keynote speaker,
Dustin Corcoran, CMA CEO gave a great talk to our trainees on the
future landscape of medicine. It was a spot-on summary of what our
residents and students can expect on the business and regulatory
side of medicine as they begin their careers. Thank-you, Mr.
Planning Committee Chair Pam Yamanishi, MD, FACP with Keynote
Speaker Dustin Corcoran, CEO CMA
Finally, a shout-out to the following individuals who manned the
Fair Booths and were available to answer questions from our
attendees on such topics as Getting into Residency, How to
Interview, Maternal Issues in Training, Managing Debt during
Training, What happens After The Match, CVs, and the Governor's
Debby Craig, MD, FACP
Daniel Kim. MD, FACP
Amy Hayton MD
Bindu Swaroop MD
Program Directors Daniel Kim, MD, FACP, Debby Craig, MD, FACP and
Bindo Swaroop, MD giving interview tips
Dennis Shogren CPA and David Whitford CPA discussing debt
management with attendees
Our thanks to Mercedes Weston and Linda Carter, present and past
Executive Directors of SoCal2. Without you, no meeting would be
In a rare event, the ACP Board of Governors came to SoCal2 on
October 1-3, 2015. As the hosting region, we sent Mae West (aka
Deb Stottlemyer) and Cary Grant (aka
Alpesh Amin) to welcome the BOG and the ACP
leadership to Palm Springs. The Board was delighted to be
personally welcomed by such famous folks from yesteryear.
Cary Grant and Mae West preparing to welcome the ACP BOG to Palm
We had a marvelous meeting in Monterey on Oct 30-November 1,
2015. The venue and weather were both stunning, and the content of
the meeting was outstanding.
Monterey Bay, 2015
Highlights included our keynote speaker, Steve
Weinberger, MD, Executive Vice-President and CEO of ACP.
He gave us an in-depth update on MOC. We appreciate his
transparence with emails to the entire ACP membership on the
journey ACP is having with ABIM. All of us remain eager for
additional change in the MOC process. Dr. Weinberger made it very
clear that change in MOC is a top priority of the College; the
persistent intense discussions with ABIM have resulted in
relatively rapid change. I have great respect for the work that the
leadership of ACP has and is continuing to accomplish by
influencing change at the ABIM.
We were also graced by Bob Doherty's personal
update on the advocacy front with his talk entitled "Health care
Policy at a Crossroads: Which fork in the road will we take?"
The lectures and workshop and two ABIM SEP modules were all
terrific! My thanks to all those who worked hard to bring us great
updates on topics that matter in our daily practices!
I am pleased that the UCI jeopardy team was able to attend the
State-wide meeting and will also be traveling to Washington DC next
May to compete in the National Doctor's Dilemma™.
Given that it was Halloween, they were decked out in costume-fun!!
Please give your congratulations to our ACP SoCal2 Regional
Doctors Dilemma™ Champions:
- Kimberly Truong
- Steven Zhao
Steven Zhao, Kimberly Truong, Jeffrey Hughes
Doctors Dilemma Costumes on October 31, 2015!s
Our region had the privilege of bestowing awards on a number of
Master Teacher Awards (One from each Medical School in
Region 2):Rajagopal Krishnan, MD, FACP, Loma Linda
UniversityAmish Dangodara, MD, FACP, University of
California IrvinStewart Shankel, MD, MACP, University of
California RiversidePramod Multani, MD, FACP, Western University
Volunteerism and Community Service Award
Sergio Infante, MD, FACP
Pamela Anderson Yamanishi, MD, FACP
Each one of the awardees has made significant contributions to
Internal Medicine. Please join me in congratulating them!
ACP is only as strong as its membership, and I am grateful you
choose to continue choosing ACP as your professional home. As of
October, we officially have 2019 members in our chapter-which is up
by over 200 since I took office 4 years ago. Thank-you!
I am delighted to include a report from our newest CMA delegate
regarding the recent House of Delegates meeting. Thank-you for your
service to our chapter, Dr. Fidler.
The California Medical Association 144th Annual Session of the
House of Delegates met on October 16, 2015 through October 18, 2015
in Anaheim, California at the Disneyland Hotel. Delegates debated
key issues and voted on more than 80 resolutions and
recommendations. Their contribution facilitated policy and provided
guidance for CMA's advocacy on behalf of patients and physicians.
Ruth Haskins, MD was voted as CMA President-Elect.
Theodore Mazer, M.D. was re-elected as the CMA
Speaker of the House and Lee Snook, Jr., MD, FACP
was re-elected as CMA Vice-Speaker of the House. Members of the
California Medical Association may access the Final Actions of the
2015 House of Delegates on the CMA website.
Suzanne A. Fidler, MD, JD, FACP
ACP Southern California Region II
We have new Fellows to celebrate. Between the July 1st and
September 1st elections, we have seven new Fellows in our
Geoffrey D. Block, MD, FACP
Andrew P. Corr, MD, FACP
Christine A. Doung, MD, FACP
Lalima A. Hog, MD, FACP
Kathie Huang, MD, FACP
Ilho Kang, MD, FACP
Wilfredo M. Tupas, MD, FACP
As new Fellows, you are invited to attend Internal Medicine week
and march in the Convocation Ceremony. I personally invite you to
make every effort to attend and participate-it will be one of the
highlights of your career and my last Convocation as Governor. I
hope to see each one of you in Washington, DC.
Please congratulate all of our new Fellows!
Sacramento Leadership Day, Feb 23-23, 2015
Washington Leadership Day, May 3-4, 2016
Please put the dates for the next four years of Internal
Medicine Week meetings on your calendar:
Internal Medicine Meeting 2016
May 5 - 7, 2016
Internal Medicine Meeting 2017
March 30 - April 1, 2017
San Diego, CA
Internal Medicine Meeting 2018
New Orleans, LA
Internal Medicine Meeting 2019
April 11-13, 2019
With gratitude to each and every one of you for the ongoing work
you do day in and day out to provide excellent care to our patients
and teaching to the next generation of physicians,
Deb Stottlemyer, MD, FACP
Governor, ACP So Cal Region II