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Connecticut Chapter Scientific Meeting 2020

October 16 - 18, 2020

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Fostering Excellence in Internal Medicine

Join your colleagues in internal medicine at the virtual scientific meeting of the Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Physicians, being held October 16-18, 2020. The meeting is a great way for you to recharge, rewind, and reflect with your peers, chapter leaders, and great speakers. Connect virtually with the Connecticut Chapter’s rich source of knowledge content.

Meeting Highlights
  • Primary Care and COVID-19: The New Normal
  • Inpatient Addiction Medicine
  • LGBTQ: Equity and Environment
  • Peripartum Medical emergencies: A Primer
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases and Old Friends: Complacency Kills
  • Special Considerations of Anti-Rheumatic Drugs
  • SEP Modules
  • Residents Abstract Competition
Program Committee
  • Naseema Merchant, MD, FACP, Committee Co-Chair
  • Diana Sewell, MD, FACP, Committee Co-Chair
  • Kavita Advani, MD 
  • Rebecca Andrews, MD, FACP
  • Theresa Barrett, PhD
  • Jaclyn Cox, DO, FACP 
  • Marilyn Katz, MD, FACP 
  • Eric Mazur, MD, MACP 
  • David Miner, MD 
  • Robert Nardino, MD, MACP 
  • Ellen Nestler MD 
  • Benjamin Oldfield, MD, MHS, BA 
  • Douglas Olson, MD, FACP 
  • Sujata Prasad, MD, FACP 
  • Shaheena Shan, MD, FACP 
  • Sarita Soares, MD 
  • Daniel Tobin MD, FACP 
  • Ruth Weissberger, MD, FACP 

14.75 CME/MOC Available

Release Date: October 18, 2020
Termination Date: October 18, 2021

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

The American College of Physicians designates this Other activity (live activity component and enduring material component) for a maximum of 14.75 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 (point amount) medical knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credit claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.


October 16, 2020

Time Session
8:45 AM Welcome
9:00 AM Emerging Infectious Diseases and Old Friends:
Complacency Kills

Jack Ross, MD
Special Considerations of Anti-Rheumatic Drugs in the Days of Biologics
Dave Podell, MD
Severe Hypertension in the Outpatient and Inpatient Setting:
Triage and Management Strategies

Steve Huot, MD, PhD
Antonio Giaimo, MD
Primary Care and COVID-19: The New Normal
David Cennimo, MD
Fran Griffin, RRT, MPA
10:00 AM Break
10:15 AM Overcoming Challenges in the Diagnosis and Management of Axial Spondylarthritis:
New Insights and Implications for Clinical Practice

Abhijeet Danve, MD
LGBTQ: Equity and Environment
Doug Olson, MD
Peripartum Medical Emergencies: A Primer
Sonya Abdel-Razeq, MD
11:15 AM Break
11:30 AM Candid Conversations in Lupus:
Navigating Advances in diagnosis and Treatment to Provide Optimal Care for Each Patient

Kenneth Kalunian, MD
Ortho for the Internist
Mark Lorenze, MD
Inpatient Preoperative Assessment
Nicole Silverstein, MD
12:30 PM Break
12:45 PM Protection Against Discrimination and Retaliation in the Medical Profession
Nina Pirrotti, Esq.
1:45 PM Ambulatory Preoperative Examinations
Marilyn Katz, MD, FACP
Cutaneous Eruptions for the Internist:
Guidance for Diagnosis and Initial Management 

Campbell Stewart, MD, FAAD
Sara Perkins, MD
Inpatient Addiction Medicine
Melissa Weimer, DO
Joseph Donroe, MD

October 17, 2020

Time Session
8:30 AM Women in Medicine: Gender Pay Inequality
Nina Pirrotti, Esq.
10:30 AM

SEP Module - Hospital Medicine
Robert Nardino, MD, MACP
Diana Sewell, MD, FACP 

SEP Module - Internal Medicine
Barry Wu, MD, FACP
Stephen Atlas, MD, FACP

October 18, 2020

Time Session
11:00 AM Business Meeting
Rebecca Andrews, MD, FACP
11:30 AM

Awards Presentations
Rebecca Andrews, MD, FACP

12:00 PM Finals - Poster Presentations

Connecticut Chapter Registration

Categories Registration Rates
ACP Member $75
ACP Resident/Fellow Member No Fee
ACP Medical Student Member No Fee
Nonmember Physician $100
Nonmember Resident No Fee
Nonmember Medical Student No Fee
Nonmember Allied Health Professional $80
Guest $85

Questions? If you have trouble registering online, please contact Member and Product Support at 800-ACP-1915 or direct at 215-351-2600 (M-F, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET).


Due to rapidly escalating health concerns related to the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), our chapter has come to the difficult decision to move to virtual for the 2020 meeting. In the spirit of our chapter values to “adapt and overcome,” we have decided to move to a virtual event.

Cancellations and Refunds

Notice of cancellation must be made in writing (fax, mail, or e-mail). Cancellations will not be accepted by telephone. A processing fee of $25 will be deducted from the member’s refund. Individuals who fail to attend the course (no-shows) will not be entitled to any refund.

How do I find and access which sessions will be virtual?

Sessions will be marked on the Chapter Web site as virtual and found in the virtual meeting gallery. We will add a link for the audience to join virtual sessions in the online session gallery. Only registered attendees who are logged in will be able to access these links.

Will attendees be able to ask questions or participate in the session, or is the session just going to consist of streamed presentations?

We are aiming to make options available that include attendee interaction options like a live chat window and/or polling. We would like for sessions to be interactive when possible and desired.

Will sessions be recorded and archived for later consumption?

Yes and will be available online through April 2021. 

For other questions about the virtual meeting, contact Kat Cavallo at 860-365-2400 or

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