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Dear ACP Members,
As you know, there has been a lot of discussion about ABIM and
MOC. Based on the request from our members, ACP has taken a leading
role in communicating with ABIM on behalf of our members and
advocating for reform. We are delighted about the progress we have
made and will continue to work closely with ABIM in facilitating
the reform. At this time ABIM is exploring possible changes in the
nature and content of the examination. We will keep you informed on
the progress of the upcoming reforms.
We have had another successful year in our region. Our last
Southern California meeting had a record number of attendees. We
had over 504 attendees and over 315 posters presented by the
housestaff and Medical Students at the meeting. We also had
participation from all residency programs in our Annual Resident
Medical Jeopardy competition. I would like to congratulate UCLA for
winning the medical jeopardy competition. They will represent
Southern California at the National meeting in Boston this year. I
would also like to thank all the residents and medical students for
presenting their posters at our meeting.
Congratulations to Dr. Mark Noah, Designated
Institutional Official ( DIO) and Program Director at Cedars Sinai
Medical Center who was elected as the Governor Designee for our
region. Dr. Noah will formally start serving as the ACP Governor
for our region starting April of 2016. Dr. Noah has been an active
and valued member of the ACP Advisory council in our chapter for
over a decade and has contributed significantly to ACP. Please join
me in congratulating Dr. Noah for his upcoming assignment. I look
forward to working with him.
We planned a successful Board Review Course for Medical Students
as well as one for residents in our region last year. We also
offered MOC sessions in the evenings to our members. We look
forward to offering similar programs this year.
This year, my goal is to promote High Value Care Curriculum in
every residency program in our region. If you are interested in
being involved, please feel free to reach out to us.
We continue to advocate for our members through ACP at the state
as well as the national level. We recently visited Sacramento
during ACP Leadership Day and met with members of Congress and
Senate to discuss issues that affect all internists in California.
We also met with the American Medical Associate (AMA) in supporting
their efforts in Sacramento. We would like to hear from members
about issues you would like us to take to Capitol Hill on behalf of
all internists during our upcoming Capitol Hill visit in May.
In 2015, we are in the process of planning an all California
Meeting on October 31st and November 1st in Monterey California.
This would be a joint meeting for all Southern California chapters
as well as our Northern California chapter. I invite all of you to
mark your calendar and join us for this upcoming meeting. In
addition to this meeting, we are working on scheduling an
Associate/Hospitalist Day for members in our region in Marina del
Rey. The date will be announced soon. I like to remind all members
to join us for our Annual meeting in Boston. This is a special year
for ACP which marks our 100 year anniversary. We look forward to
seeing you at this meeting!
Thank you for being a valued member of ACP. We appreciate your
membership and look forward to working with you in coming up with
different programs to meet your professional needs. We would like
to continue our collaboration with our members and look forward to
introducing new programs in 2015. Please let us know what ACP can
do for you.
Soma Wali, MD,
Governor, ACP Southern California Region I
This year's ACP 2014 Chapters I, II & III regional meeting
took place on October 18-19, 2014 in Orange, California. The
meeting featured a great selection of speakers on a variety of
interesting topics, including the latest update on Ebola.
The meeting attracted over 500 people, easily surpassing last
year's figures. In addition, over 315 posters were submitted by
medical students and residents from throughout Southern California
and the Navy.
The following residents and medical students had winning posters
from ACP S. California Region I:
Clinical Vignettes:Chin Lee, MD (Cedars-Sinai)
Research:Ray Pillai, MD (USC)
Innovation: Linnaea Schuttner, MD (UCLA
Clinical Vignettes:Grant Meyer (USC)
Clinical Vignettes:Idoroenyi Amanam, MD (St. Mary's)
Research:Antoney Ferrey, MD (USC)
Innovation:Sajan Patel, MD (UCLA)
Clinical Vignettes:Sarah Park (UCLA)
Innovation:Stephanie Cham (UCLA)
Clinical Vignettes:Sonia Lin, MD (USC)
Research:Veronica Ramirez, MD (USC)
Clinical Vignettes:Anjali Hari (UCI)
Residents who won first place in the Clinical Vignette and
Research categories will be sent to this year's ACP national
meeting to compete. Second and third place winners will receive
Congratulations to the UCLA team for winning this year's Doctors
Dilemma ("Jeopardy") competition. The team consisted of
Drs. Brenton Bauer, Faysal Saab and
William Finch. They will receive funding to
compete at the national ACP meeting in Boston this year. We
congratulate them and wish them well. In addition, a special thank
you goes out to Drs. Magdalena Ptaszny, Susan
Trompeter and Howard Williams for all
their hard work in organizing this year's competition.
Dr. Magdalena "Maggie" Ptaszny was the
recipient of this year's ACP Laureate Award. This prestigious award
is awarded to ACP members who have demonstrated by their example
and conduct an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care,
education, or research, and in service to their community.
A special thank you to Dr. Alpesh Amin for his
work and all the judges who took time off from their busy schedules
to assist in this year's poster competition.
The world of medicine is incredible. On a daily basis, we as
medical students, interns, residents and physicians, passionately
advocate for the health of our patients. We educate them about
diabetes and the importance of diet and exercise. We listen to them
as they tell us their stories of depression. We prescribe the
correct antibiotics to treat their infections. We do all of this,
and so much more, on a daily basis. Do we know, however, how to
advocate for our patients when it comes to health care access? I'll
be the first to admit I did not know much about the world of
politics, until I was asked to participate in ACP Leadership day in
Given the changes in healthcare brought forth by the Affordable
Care Act, we now have more than 65 million Americans enrolled in
Medicaid (or Medical as it is called in California) and that number
continues to grow. Unfortunately; however, with the expiration of
the Pay Parity program last year, we have less and less primary
care providers to help care for our growing number of Medicaid
patients. Medicaid reimbursement rates in California are some of
the lowest in the entire nation when compared to Medicare
reimbursements, which has dissuaded many primary care physicians
from caring for Medicaid patients. During ACP Leadership day, I was
fortunate enough to meet many hard-working physicians who have
taken patient advocacy to a new level. I was exposed to a whole new
world of hope and change, a whole different kind of "hustle and
bustle" outside of the hospital.
I learned about the current hot topics in health care. I learned
about the several bills soon to be introduced involving Medical
reimbursements, ensuring adequate networks for patients in Covered
California plans, eliminating "personal exemptions" to
help control measles, and so much more. I also learned the immense
amount of work entailed in writing bills, introducing bills, and
educating members of legislature about the issues at hand. At
first, I was overwhelmed but as the day went on I grew increasingly
comfortable in my surroundings. With each receptive meeting with
legislative staff, it seemed my colleagues and I realized just how
important it was to be at the Capital that day, representing ACP,
our respective hospitals and residency programs and perhaps most
importantly, our patients.
The following day, we all returned home and resumed our day to
day activities and jobs. I've realized, however, that during our
careers, we could prescribe all the right drugs, order all the
right tests and make all the right diagnoses, but I do not believe
we are doing our patient's justice, if we do not make an effort to
stay educated about healthcare in politics and commit to a role in
the world of political lobbying, no matter how large or small.
Then, we can truly call ourselves advocates of health, and the
world of medicine truly becomes incredible.
Sacramento Leadership Day 2015 was a successful opportunity
provided by ACP to advocate for patients' access to healthcare on a
state level. Instead of the daily struggle to advocate for improved
A1cs and LDLs, I found myself speaking a different language,
promoting SB 243 and AB 366. With the help of speakers including
Peter Lee, Executive Director for Covered California and Ed
Hernandez, Chair of Senate Committee on Health, I was able to
navigate through the current proposed legislation including the
aforementioned bills which emphasized increasing reimbursement for
the care of Medical patients and providing adequate networks for
patients in Covered California plans. Understanding the impact of
such legislation as well as being able to promote them in dialogue
with assembly and council members was an enjoyable and eye opening
experience. While the leadership event was only a two day event, it
sparked a desire to be involved in ongoing efforts to change
legislation affecting physician practice.
ACP Sacramento Leadership Day is an important opportunity for
those of us in training to experience the public discourse on
healthcare in the state of California. The event also provides a
great opportunity for networking and bonding. On the day of our
flight to Sacramento, Dr. Michael Ben-Aderet (PGY3
from Olive View - UCLA Medical Center) and I sat at the airport
terminal over a steaming cup of Pete's coffee, rubbing the sleep
from our eyes and straining to read over the briefing material. So
what is this or that about, we would ask each other, pointing to
different areas of the briefing. We both pulled out our phones and
searched for news articles and bills to help us understand the
issues, especially in the context of how they applied to our
patients (who mostly have MediCal or are uninsured). This knowledge
really made us place what we do every day and the struggles of our
patients in a broader context. We recognized the imperfections of
the process and the efforts it takes to get something positive
done. I appreciated walking into an Assembly member's office,
shaking hands with them, getting to know them, and telling them
stories of what we see every day. It reassured me that despite its
imperfections, our voice is valuable to the process and one day our
patients will benefit from the efforts we put in today.
Rohit Godbole, MD, Nayiri Gharibian, MD, Chapter Governor Soma
Wali, MD, FACP, Michael Ben-Aderet, MD, Diana Sarkisyan, MD, and
Chapter Governor-Elect Mark Noah, MD, FACP.
Taking USMLE Step 1 soon? Second year medical student from USC,
UCLA, and UC Riverside are invited to attend "Pearls for the
USMLE Step 1 Boards Review Day" on Sunday, April 19th
from 9 AM to 5 PM at the USC Keck School of Medicine. This
well-attended event is organized by the Internal Medicine Interest
Group leaders from USC Keck School of Medicine, UCLA David Geffen
School of Medicine, and UC Riverside School of Medicine. The
program offers a great learning and networking opportunity.
This year's topics, with speakers from USC and UCLA,
All attendees must be ACP members. Membership is free to medical
students. Those who arrive and are not members can sign up for free
membership on-the-spot. For additional information, please contact
We are happy to announce that the following people have been
advanced to ACP Fellow in our region within the last 6 months.
Mya Myo Aye, MBBS, FACP
Richard A. Belkin, MD, FACP
Jaime Betancourt, MD, FACP
Sanjeet S. Dadwal, MD, FACP
Ram C. Dandillaya, MD, FACP
Ghassan E. Hadi, MD, FACP
Tanaz A. Kermani, MD, FACP
Joe B. Kim, MD, FACP
Rita Nkem Ogbo, MBBS, FACP
Magdalena E. Ptaszny, MD, FACP
Timothy C. Reynolds, MD, FACP
Jeffrey K. Shimoyama, MD, FACP
Kamoltip Sinthawanarong, MD, FACP
Anilrudh A. Venugopal, MD, FACP
Benjamin Yasharel, MD, FACP
Katherine K. Yu, MD, FACP
The Internal Medicine Meeting will be held April 30 -
May 2 in Boston, MA. Choose from more than 200 CME courses
in internal medicine and the subspecialties presented by faculty
unsurpassed in their fields.