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GOVERNOR'S NEWSLETTER July 2015

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Letter from the Governor

Dr. Wali

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to share some updates regarding recent activities sponsored by ACP in our region.

We have been actively involved in advocacy efforts on behalf of all internists in our region. We attended the ACP Leadership Day in Sacramento in Feb and ACP Leadership Day in Capitol Hill in Washington DC in May of this year. I had an opportunity to take a group of young residents and students from our region to Sacramento and Washington DC to represent the future generation of Internists. We had an opportunity to meet with members of congress and Senate and discuss issues that affect Internists in California. The attendees from our region did an outstanding job in representing the interests of our members and advocating on issues affecting Internal Medicine and physicians in general.

ACP Southern California Region I sponsored another successful Board Review for medical students in our region. The event brought together students from UCLA, USC and UCR to network and prepare for their exams. The event was very well attended and highly rated.

In March, the Chapter also hosted an Early Career Physicians (ECP) Group dinner presentation in West Los Angeles. The event featured speakers on financial planning and drug interactions. Special thanks to Dr. Daniel Kang for organizing this wonderful event.

In April, members of the Advisory Council for ACP Southern California Region I met for a one day retreat in Santa Monica. The Advisory Council discussed various topics of interest and issues affecting our members and came up with recommendations for new programs that would meet the need of members in our region. We will continue to offer special programs that will benefit all members. I am always interested in hearing from our members about what ACP Southern California Region I can do for you. Please email us your ideas and suggestions for programs that would meet your needs.

Left to Right: ACP Southern California Region I Advisory Council Members Ronald Oudiz, MD, FACP, Kouichi
Left to Right: ACP Southern California Region I Advisory Council Members Ronald Oudiz, MD, FACP, Kouichi "Corky" Tanaka, MD, MACP, Chester Choi, MD, FACP, Governor Soma Wali, MD, FACP, Mark Noah, MD, FACP, Carole Warde, MD, FACP, Dennis Cope, MD, FACP.

Soma Wali, MD, FACP
Governor, ACP Southern California Region I

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2015 ACP National Meeting in Boston

Left to Right: Carla Fox, MD, FACP, Howard Williams, MD, FACP, George Meyer, MD, FACP, Debra Stottlemyer, MD, MBA, FACP, Gordon Fung, MD, FACP, & Soma Wali, MD, FACP
Left to Right: Carla Fox, MD, FACP, Howard Williams, MD, FACP, George Meyer, MD, FACP, Debra Stottlemyer, MD, MBA, FACP, Gordon Fung, MD, FACP, & Soma Wali, MD, FACP.

This year's ACP 2015 Annual Meeting took place in Boston and marked ACP's 100 year anniversary. ACP Southern California Region I was well represented with over 172 registered attendees.

Sixteen Chapter members were elevated to Fellows of ACP and participated in this year's convocation celebration. In addition, numerous abstracts were submitted from medical students and Associates.

The ACP California/Hawaii reception was well attended. It was a great to catch up with colleagues from throughout the State and Hawaii.

Finally, we would like to congratulate the UCLA team, which represented the Chapter at this year's Doctor's Dilemma competition. The team consisted of Drs. Brenton Bauer, Faysal Saab and William Finch. A special thanks to all ACP Southern California Region I members who attended and made this meeting extra special.

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New ACP Fellows

New Fellows
Dr. Soma Wali (2nd from Left) Governor for S. California Region I, with newly elected ACP Fellows

We are happy to announce that the following people have been advanced to ACP Fellow in our region within the last 6 months.

Region I
Susan L. Charette, MD, FACP
Michelle L. Emi, MD, FACP
Elie M. Gindi, MD, FACP
Mark O. Goodarzi, MD, FACP
Augustine E. Iluore, MD, FACP
Karen J. Kim, MD, FACP
Rita Nkem Ogbo, MBBS, FACP
Kim L. Peters, MD, FACP
Arun K. Softa, MD, FACP
Richard S. Tennant, MD, FACP
Charles G. Ukpong, MD, FACP
Katherine K. Yu, MD, FACP

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2014 Chapter Excellence Award

By: Soma Wali

Left to Right: Soma Wali, MD, FACP, Debra Stottlemyer, MD, FACP, Howard Williams, MD, FACP
Left to Right: Soma Wali, MD, FACP, Debra Stottlemyer, MD, FACP, Howard Williams, MD, FACP

I am pleased to announce that our chapter is in receipt of the 2014 Chapter Excellence Award! The award recognizes chapters which successfully meet the standards for managing a chapter. In order to achieve the Chapter Excellence Award, chapters must meet all basic criteria and seven optional criteria. Criteria include such activities as formulating an effective Governor's Council and committees, communicating frequently with membership, providing educational opportunities, recruiting and advancing members and celebrating membership through local awards. I would like to extend a special thanks to those chapter members who assisted me in all of these endeavors! For their hard work and dedication, we received this award.

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USC/UCLA USMLE Board Review Session

USC/UCLA USMLE Board Review Session

Congratulations to USC and UCLA IMIG student leaders on their successful USC/UCLA USMLE Clinical Pearls for the Boards review session. As with prior years', the recent Saturday ACP-sponsored USC/UCLA USMLE Clinical Pearls for the Boards review session was a major success. Over 119 students attended from USC, UCLA and UC Riverside. A special thanks to the student IMIG leaders for their excellent work organizing the session, and the speakers for their thoughtful preparation and lecture time.

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2015 ACP Leadership Day on Capitol Hill - An Associate Perspective

Left to Right: Neal Shah, MD, Jaimin Amin, MD, Rodolfo Gutierrez, MD, Hong Fa Yang, MD and Duminda Suraweera, MD
Left to Right: Neal Shah, MD, Jaimin Amin, MD, Rodolfo Gutierrez, MD, Hong Fa Yang, MD and Duminda Suraweera, MD

By: Rodolfo Gutierrez, MD

Participating in ACP Leadership Day was a unique experience that brought into sharp focus the most pressing issues effecting patients, society, and clinicians. More importantly, it was an opportunity to participate in the political process by taking an active role in facilitating our elected officials to pass socially conscious legislation in order to improve our nation's healthcare system. The highlight of the day was the opportunity to meet with my representative, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, and discuss the many issues impacting residents, especially expanding funding for general medical education. With the knowledge and skills gained through this experience I plan to continue utilizing my voice to advocate for legislation that promotes the betterment of healthcare to all members of society.

By: Tamara Dahhan, D.O.
My experience at ACP Leadership Day 2015 was special to say the least. I was able to experience first hand how to lobby on Capitol Hill and had the opportunity to meet one on one with congresswomen, Maxine Waters (43rd Congressional District). I learned about key health policy issues, specifically regarding primary care and graduate medical education, both extremely important topics in healthcare today. My time in D.C. was very organized and well spent and opened my eyes to the very important work done by ACP to bring key health policy issues to the forefront.

ACP Governor Soma Wali, MD and Tamara Dahhan, DO
ACP Governor Soma Wali, MD and Tamara Dahhan, DO

By: Neal Shah, MD
Leadership day is a unique and invaluable experience where we as physicians were truly able to translate important health care issues in our own patient population into tangible change via lobbying. By being able to speak directly to advisors and congressmen and women, we were able to actively voice the unified stance of the American College of Physicians (ACP) in providing a higher level of primary care opportunities as well as providing increased funding for general medical education. During my lobbying time, I was able to personally speak to democrats and republicans alike on healthcare topics that are non-partisan, breaking these barriers of party lines and fight for the greater good of patient care. This experience has inspired me to continue to pursue an active role with the ACP in their continued efforts to provide the highest level of care for healthcare providers and patients alike.

By: Duminda Suraweera, MD
I had the privilege of accompanying my resident colleagues this year to the American College of Physicians Leadership Day. It was an extraordinary experience. Prior to this event I had very little insight into particular legislature currently being debated in the field of healthcare. Yet these laws would, in the future, have far reaching effects on how I practice medicine. I was not alone in my limited knowledge in this area. It seems that there is a severe a lack of understanding and interest from residents and physicians when it comes to legislature and understandably so. Most residents and physicians are kept quite busy practicing medicine and have little time to delve into politics. However events like the Leadership Day allow physician to spread awareness, not only among lawmakers, but also among ourselves. I had a chance to hear high ranking congressman discuss their views on current healthcare laws and several exceptional presentations by leading physicians in the field. Participants also had the opportunity to visit congressman and senators of their state and discuss current proposals. It was a truly an illuminating experience that has changed the way I view medicine and my role as a physician. I highly recommend it to any resident.

By: Hong Fa Yang, MD
I had the privilege of accompanying my resident colleagues this year to the American College of Physicians Leadership Day. It was an extraordinary experience. Prior to this event I had very little insight into particular legislature currently being debated in the field of healthcare. Yet these laws would, in the future, have far reaching effects on how I practice medicine. I was not alone in my limited knowledge in this area. It seems that there is a severe a lack of understanding and interest from residents and physicians when it comes to legislature and understandably so. Most residents and physicians are kept quite busy practicing medicine and have little time to delve into politics. However events like the Leadership Day allow physician to spread awareness, not only among lawmakers, but also among ourselves. I had a chance to hear high ranking congressman discuss their views on current healthcare laws and several exceptional presentations by leading physicians in the field. Participants also had the opportunity to visit congressman and senators of their state and discuss current proposals. It was a truly an illuminating experience that has changed the way I view medicine and my role as a physician. I highly recommend it to any resident.

Dr. Soma Wali with several members of the ACP California delegation
Dr. Soma Wali with several members of the ACP California delegation

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Early Career Physicians (ECP) Dinner

ACP S. Califoria Region I hosted an Early Career Physicians (ECP) Group dinner presentation on March 25, 2015 at the Westside Tavern in Los Angeles. Physicians from throughout the region came out to enjoy a wonderful dinner. Speakers included Robert Kaplan, CFP and CPA on "Taxes and Investment Planning for the Physician" and Michael Rotblatt, MD, PharmD on "Top 10 drug-drug interaction that every internist needs to know". A special thanks to Dr. Daniel Kang for all his hard work in making this event a success! We hope to continue supporting more events like this for our members in the future. If you have any ideas for potential speakers and topics, please contact us.

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Mark Your Calendars!: Associates/Hospitalists Meeting and All California ACP Scientific Meeting in Monterey, California

We are happy to announce that ACP Southern California will be holding an Associates & Hospitalist Day on Saturday, September 26th at the Marina del Rey Marriott in Marina del Rey, California. This one day meeting will include an array of speakers on various topics of interest to our members. In addition, we will be holding an abstract competition a medical jeopardy competition.

In addition to our local meeting, all the California ACP chapters will be holding a joint scientific meeting on October 30 - November 1, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. We have an outstanding program that includes experts from throughout California speaking on topics including Clinical Pearls in Endocrinology, Neurology & Infectious Diseases, Hospital Medicine, Drug Interactions, Hepatology Update, and Dermatology for the Internist. In addition, several interactive workshops will be offered including Fracture Management and Splinting for the Generalist, Orthopedic Exam, Neurologic Exam, EKG Interpretation and Neurology Update.

Registration and lodging information will be forthcoming in the next few weeks. We hope to see you there!

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