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Connecticut Governor's Newsletter April 2019

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Rebecca A. Andrews, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Rebecca A. Andrews, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


From the Governor

“Leadership is being willing to stake out a position on issues”

(Harvard Business Review January 2019)

Dear Colleagues,

This month I am continuing our theme of strategic planning.  Before I delve into the chapter, I wanted to introduce the idea of personal strategic planning.  This consists of crafting a purpose statement, prioritizing goals, consolidating smaller goals into larger themes that will direct your success, etc. …essentially finding purpose in what you do and then directing your daily energy into those things that bring both personal and professional success.  Take a long walk this week; think about some of these ideas; find your joy, your purpose.  Use it to see if you can redefine some of what you do professionally and personally to reflect your purpose, your inspiration.

It was time to ruminate on the same ideas for our chapter.  As the practice of medicine evolves, so must how we serve our members.  The CT Chapter Governor's Council reassesses the needs of our membership for our chapter activities with a strategic planning meeting about every 18 months.  Our most recent strategy planning session occurred early this month.  What came out of this meeting?

A Discussion of Values: starting with broad terms to strengthen our foundation:

  • Advocacy
  • Support
  • Relevance
  • Professionalism
  • Excellence
  • Altruism (Replaced by Service after much discussion)
  • Engagement
  • Representation
  • Education
  • Growth
  • Inclusiveness
  • Advancement

Core Values: narrowed focused values to drive our mission, our offerings, and our future:

  • Excellence
  • Professionalism
  • Inclusiveness
  • Service
  • Relevance
  • Leadership

And finally, a Mission Statement: to guide our decisions; why we exist; what we are here for:

Empowering CT Internists to improve the health of their patients and communities by promoting their professional satisfaction and development.

This is the first time we have decided on a mission statement and I think it nicely mirrors the National ACP's which states “To enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine.” Many thanks to the council members who devoted a 5-hour session to this purpose.


Your Council hard at work.



National Meeting Next Month

This is a reminder that the National Annual Scientific Meeting is close to home in Philadelphia, PA from April 10-13th.  Our chapter reception will happen on Thursday evening at the Marriott Downtown.  Invitations have been sent out.  If you are planning to attend and did not receive the invite, please contact Kris Samara.  We also have many new fellows that will be walking in the Convocation so come and support your colleagues.

While you are perusing which workshops and didactic sessions to go to, remember we have a Doctor's Dilemma competition team as well.  The Bridgeport Residents team is heading down to the ACP Doctor's Dilemma National Competition.  The brackets, just like the NCAA tournament, can be found here.  The winning team and the team with the second highest score from each round will advance from the first round to the semi-finals.  Stop by and cheer them on if you can.

Bridgeport Team Members

Priyadarshini Balasubramaman
John-Russ Clarke​
Tony Roy



Connecticut Chapter Awards

Every year, the CT Chapter of the American College of Physicians recognizes distinguished internists throughout the State with our Chapter Awards.  These awards are bestowed at our Statewide Annual Meeting in the Fall.  We are currently seeking nominations from the Connecticut internal medicine community for these awards.

The Henry Gift Distinguished Internist Award recognizes a physician for a lifetime of outstanding clinical service to patients and notable leadership within the local medical community.

The Volunteerism Award recognizes a volunteer's efforts that have made a substantial and enduring contribution locally, nationally, or internationally.

The George F. Thornton Teaching Award honors an internist whose career is distinguished by involvement and excellence in medical education and the CT ACP Chapter Laureate Award recognizes Fellows and/or Masters of the College for their commitment to excellence in service to their community, the Chapter, and the American College of Physicians.

Except for the Gift Award, nominees must be active members, Fellows, or Masters of the American College of Physicians within Connecticut.  We are seeking the broadest base from which to choose nominees this year.  Therefore, please consider nominating someone from within your local medical community.  Please forward their name to either me, Rebecca Andrews MD FACP or Eric Mazur MD MACP.  A CV and/or short narrative supporting the nomination is also necessary.



Resident and Fellow Members Council

For all of you who were intrigued by the questions and would be interested in writing questions for next year's competition, please contact Marilyn Katz for information on how to get started!



2019 Connecticut ACP Annual Chapter Meeting

The date for the 2019 annual chapter meeting has been confirmed for October 25, 2019 with a return to the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.  We are working on a schedule that not only maximizes CME/MOC and content options, but also would allow for attendees to come either just in the morning or in the afternoon.

We will again offer special programs for resident and medical students (Poster competition, Doctors' Dilemma, workshops), ABIM SEP modules, and the Women In Medicine networking program together with new educational sessions.  We plan on online registration again this year.



Medical Student Activities

On Tuesday, February 26th the University of CT and Quinnipiac Schools of Medicine hosted a #PROUDTOBEGIM event celebrating general internal medicine.  The event was well attended and I hope we can repeat it next year.  Recent data suggests only 11% of medicine residents choose general internal medicine as a career…a very concerning trend.

Attendees at the ProudtobeGIM event



Pay It Forward

The three medical schools (Yale, UConn and Frank H. Netter School of Medicine) will be competing in a donation drive in the coming months. At the end of the competition, the school with the most donations will get to donate all of the supplies to the organization of their choice. If you are interested in participating in volunteer events such as these, please reach out to me at

Any ideas or comments can be sent to the Governor's Council via the following ways: for responding to these newsletters, our facebook page and follow us on twitter @ConnecticutACP.

Rebecca Andrews