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Connecticut Governor's Newsletter February 2019

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Rebecca A. Andrews, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Rebecca A. Andrews, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


From the Governor

Dear Colleagues,

I have recently returned from the Board of Regents Strategic Planning Retreat. The process was invigorating to say the least. The approach was to think about the year 2030 and how internists, medicine in general, and patients will change. Will patients choose to access care differently? With the internist return to the role of skilled diagnostician while more mundane cases and tasks are managed by others on the team? Will health care be primarily in person or via technology? And will the patient- physician relationship maintain its important role surviving as it always has through the changes in healthcare?

I invite our members to email me thoughts on the future of healthcare in the coming year of 2030. I would like to share these in the coming newsletters in order to help our community prepare for the changes on the horizon.



National Programs and News

The National Annual Scientific meeting is close to home again this year! April 10-13 in Philadelphia, PA. From CT, it is an easy drive, train or plane ride. Those of you traveling with families, it falls on April vacation week for many and Philadelphia is a city chock full of museums and history. Our chapter reception will happen on Friday evening – more details will come closer to the event.

Interested in learning more about leadership topics such as finance? The ACP Leadership Academy will present several free member webinars during the spring and summer of 2019. Click here for information and registration.

Personal Financial Planning for Physicians: Basics to Financial Wellness Webinar is the most recent. ACP's Chief Financial Officer, Michael Weis, discusses strategies and best practices for financial planning from residency to retirement. Click here for playback.

Volunteers Needed for User Experience Feedback for Online Learning Center

ACP's Medical Education Division is seeking volunteer members to participate in a brief (10 minute) user-experience feedback session related to web-based education redesign projects. As a thank you for participating, volunteers will receive a beautiful ACP-branded gift!

Volunteers will need a computer with internet access and a phone. Volunteers will need to have a ten-minute window available in January and February 2019, during Monday – Friday, between 9 AM – 5 PM Eastern. Interested volunteers should submit an email to Mandy Lawless, CME & Education Meetings.



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 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, or Eric Mazur, MD MACP at A CV and/or short narrative supporting the nomination is also necessary.



Resident and Fellow Members Council

ACP Doctor's Dilemma National Competition

The Bridgeport resident team is heading to the national competition in Philadelphia in April, 2019. If you are attending the conference, please stop by and cheer them on.

Bridgeport Team Members

Tony Roy

John-Russ Clarke

Priyadarshini Balasubramaman

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 Chapter Meeting Update

Naseema B Merchant, MD, FCCP, FACP, FHM and Diana Sewell, MD, FACP

The date for the 2019 annual chapter meeting has been confirmed for October 25, 2019. The venue is still being worked out but will likely be either the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. or the Aqua Turf meeting facility in Plantsville. The year 2018 was the first time we had the annual meeting at the Connecticut Convention center which turned out to be a great venue with a huge turnout of close to 500 attendees. There were a total of 13 separate educational programs and 1 networking event offered at this one-day annual meeting which is remarkable for our chapter.

The planning committee again this year, is composed of several new and diverse members representing community-based physicians, physicians in academic practice, residents, chief residents and medical students. Thanks to everyone who offered to stay on or come on board as a new member of the planning committee. The committee will have its face to face meeting in February 2019 to review the feedback from the 2018 meeting and will consider the suggestions as the sessions and speakers are being worked out. We thank all the attendees who took the time to complete the feedback forms which are so valuable to our committee. If you have ideas for the annual meeting, please reach out to any one of us at or

We will again offer special programs for resident and medical students (Poster competition, Doctors' Dilemma, workshops), ABIM SEP modules, women in medicine networking program together with new educational sessions. We will also work to modify timings of some sessions within the day to allow maximum participation from everyone.

We plan on online registration again this year.

We will share more details once we have finalized a venue. Stay tuned

Hope to see everyone this fall at the annual meeting.



Medical Student Activities

On Tuesday, February 26th the University of CT and Quinnipiac Schools of Medicine are joining forces with the ACP and SGIM to host a #PROUDTOBEGIM event celebrating general internal medicine. If you are an internist that loves your bend on internal medicine, a leader in your field, have had an unexpected career path and want to share where you landed in life, please reach out to me ( to be one of our faculty attendees. Students and residents interested in attending the event is Tuesday evening at the UConn School of Medicine in the Academic Rotunda.

The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine Medical Student Home (MeSH) program and the UCONN School of Medicine's Student Continuity Practice (SCP) now renamed Clinical Longitudinal and Immersion in the Community (CLiC) are looking for interested internists for precepting medical students.

The MeSH program at Quinnipiac requires a physician who is comfortable supervising a first-year or second-year medical student as they practice interviewing, physical examination and procedural skills in the physician's ambulatory office setting. Preceptors are expected to work with a Netter student one half-day per week. This is a great opportunity to get to know a student incredibly well over a two-year longitudinal relationship and to serve as his/her first mentor in medicine. The time that Netter students spend with their MeSH preceptor is considered by many to be one of their most valuable learning experiences. Preceptors have also shared that this is a low-impact way to give back and to increase their joy in practice. Preceptors are compensated and receive benefits associated with faculty appointment.

If you are interested in participating in the MeSH program, please contact Traci Marquis-Eydman, MeSH program director, at or Dena Rozanski, program manager, at Please attach your CV and a brief description of your interests in your email.

The CLiC program at UConn has been a cornerstone of the education of future physicians for over twenty years. SCP/CLiC holds a central role in a student's maturation from learner to practitioner. The half day a week sessions pairs students and community based physicians from a variety of generalists and specialty fields. It is the SCP/CLiC preceptor who illustrates the “art” of medicine as well as the science, and teaches the “pearls” that are not found in textbooks. Preceptors often become mentors for the students and are instrumental in a student's professional growth. If you are interested in becoming a preceptor, please email Amy Chmielewski 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.

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. - Harriet Tubman

Rebecca Andrews