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Connecticut Chapter Virtual Meeting Hub

October 15 & 16, 2021


Fostering Excellence in Internal Medicine

Join ACP's Connecticut Chapter at our upcoming comprehensive virtual scientific meeting, October 15th & 16th. Refresh your knowledge, earn CME/MOC, and connect with your chapter colleagues in a new, convenient virtual platform.

Learn, Connect, and Engage from Your Own Space

  • Attend exclusive live, interactive learning sessions with your Chapter colleagues from the comfort and safety of your home or office.
  • Engage with other attendees to discuss topics important to you and your community, both professionally and socially.
  • Receive top-notch education from expert faculty, connect with one another, and learn new ways to get involved with our Chapter. This meeting will help you meet your needs as a physician and help you provide the best care for your patients using the latest knowledge.
Ruth E. Weissberger, MD, FACP
Governor, Connecticut Chapter

Meeting Highlights
  • What Non-COVID Outpatient Medical Literature did I Miss During the Pandemic?
  • Update in the Drug Treatment of Diabetes
  • The Long Road Ahead: Caring for Patients with Persistent Symptoms Post COVID-19 Infection
  • Polypharmacy and Deprescribing in Geriatrics
  • The Value of the Internist
Program Committee
  • Kavita Advani MD
  • Rebecca Andrews MD FACP
  • Theresa Barrett, PhD
  • Marilyn Katz, MD FACP
  • Naseema Merchant, MD FACP
  • Eric Mazur, MD MACP
  • David Miner, MD FACP
  • Robert Nardino, MD MACP
  • Ellen Nestler, MD FACP
  • Benjamin Oldfield, MD MHS BA
  • Sujata Prasad, MD FACP
  • Diana Sewell, MD FACP
  • Shaheena Shan, MD FACP
  • Sarita Soares, MD FACP
  • Daniel Tobin, MD FACP
  • Ruth Weissberger, MD FACP


Access the recorded sessions by clicking the session title links within the Agenda below.

Friday, October 15

Time Session
8:00 - 9:30 AM Board Preparation with ACP | MKSAP 18 Questions
Stephen Atlas, MD
Barry Wu, MD
9:45 - 10:00 AM Welcome from the Governor and Conference Chairs
Ruth E. Weissberger, MD, FACP
Naseema Merchant, MD FACP
Diana Sewell, MD FACP
  Track 1 Track 2 Track 3
10:00 - 11:00 AM What Non-COVID Outpatient Medical Literature Did I Miss During the Pandemic?
Medhat Ghaly, MD
Julie Oyler, MD FACP
How to be an Expert Witness
Rebecca Andrews, MD FACP
Daniel G. Tobin, MD FACP
Telemedicine: Reflecting Back to Look Forward
Helen Grabo, MD
Heather Nisbeth, MD
Jadwiga  Stepczynski, MD FACP
Amerisa Tarabar, MD
11:00 - Noon Update in the Drug Treatment of Diabetes
Faryal Mirza, MD FACP
Clinical Pathologic Conference (CPC)

Alan S. Kliger, MD FACP
Mathew Lempel, MD
Gender Inequities in Careers in Medicine

Nina Pirrotti, Esq.
Heather Gantzer, MD MACP
Noon - 12:15 PM Break / Transition
12:15 - 1:15 PM Poster Presentations
Shaheena Shan, MD FACP
1:15 - 1:30 PM Break / Transition
1:30 - 2:30 PM Transgender Medicine
Pooja Luthra, MD FACP
Polypharmacy and Deprescribing in Geriatrics
Marcia Mecca, MD
Kristina Niehoff, PharmD, BCPS, FASCP
Everything You Wanted to Know About Coding and Billing But Were Afraid to Ask
William Fox, MD FACP
2:30 - 3:30 PM The Long Rode Ahead: Caring for Patients with Persistent Symptoms Post COVID Infection
Denyse Lutchmansingh, MD
Arman Fesharaki-Zadeh, MD PhD
What Non-COVID Inpatient Medical Literature did I Miss During the Pandemic?
Andre Sofair, MD
Chris Song, MD
How Did Our Healthcare Payment System Get So Dysfunctional, and What is the Way Forward?

Rob McLean, MD MACP
3:30 PM Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, October 16

Time Session
8:15 - 9:30 AM Women in Medicine Networking Breakfast (Women Only)
Guest: Heather Gantzer, MD MACP
Yes, You Can!
How to Be An Ally For Women Physician Colleagues

Nina Pirrotti, Esq.
Rob Nardino, MD MACP
9:30 - 9:45 AM Break / Transition
9:45 - 10:45 AM Business Meeting/ Chapter Awards
Ruth Weissberger, MD FACP
10:45 - 11:45 AM The Value of the Internist
Heather Gantzer, MD MACP
11:45 - Noon Closing Remarks
Ruth Weissberger, MD FACP
Noon - 12:15 Adjourn


Release Date: October 16, 2021
Termination Date: October 16, 2021

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The American College of Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

In order to claim CME you must complete a meeting survey. This link will direct you to the survey and then the CME claim form. CME cannot be claimed until the last session of the meeting has been held.

The American College of Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The ACP designates this other activity (live component and enduring component) for a maximum 13.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 13.25 medical knowledge MOC point in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.


Find answers to your questions below. 

Equipment and Materials

Create a Zoom Account!

Our meeting will be conducted on the Zoom platform and all registered attendees will be have links to the Zoom meeting through this page. If you do not have a Zoom account, we recommend you sign up for one before the meeting. Sign up is free. Click here to sign up.

Test Your Equipment in Advance

  • Please test and check your system at least 15 minutes prior to meeting. This includes your network connection, device battery life, and speakers.
  • We recommend you use a computer or a tablet for the best experience. The system is not responsive on a cell phone.

Control Your Environment as Best You Can

  • Mute other devices that might interfere with your computer audio.
  • Create a learning-conducive environment, eliminating as many distractions as possible. Close out of other tabs and mute notifications, if possible.
  • Prepare your space with anything you may need during the virtual program (appropriate chargers, note-taking materials, water, etc.).

Troubleshooting Technical Difficulties

  • Some networks cause slides to advance more slowly than others. If your slides are behind or you are having audio issues, please try to refresh the page.

Participant Photography

As a participant in the Connecticut Chapter Meeting, your photograph may to taken as a focus or background subject, to be used in chapter communications. If you would not like your photo taken, please inform chapter staff.

ACP Chapter's Virtual Meeting Code of Conduct

ACP is a community that values collegiality, respect for patents and each other, and medicine’s standards of ethics and professionalism. ACP members are guided by the content and spirit of the ACP Pledge and by their commitment to the ethics of medicine, including those in the ACP Ethics Manual. “Physicians’ conduct as professionals and as individuals should merit the respect of the community.”

ACP expects members, staff, and others who participate in events and activities involving ACP to treat others as you would like to be treated – with courtesy, respect for differences, and in ways that appropriately represent the profession of internal medicine. As set forth in ACP’s An-Harassment Policy, ACP does not tolerate any form of harassment, including intimidation, hostility, or other unwelcome and offensive communication or treatment.

If you experience or observe harassing, inappropriate or otherwise unprofessional behavior, or you have concerns about how you have been treated by an ACP member or staff or anyone else at an ACP meeting or event, you may report the incident to Chapter Staff.

The chapter reserves the right to take any action deemed necessary and appropriate; including immediate removal from the meeting without warning or refund, in response to any incident of unacceptable behavior, and the chapter reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future meeting, virtually or in person.

If you have questions about the chapter, the meeting program, or have a disability, please contact Kat Cavallo at 609-362-6513  or


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