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Connecticut Governor's Newsletter May 2018

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Rebecca A. Andrews, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Rebecca A. Andrews, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Dear Colleagues,

The second year of my Governorship has begun. On my agenda are some new and old items. I would like to highlight membership benefits you may not be aware of, continue to showcase our local talent in these newsletters (so send in nominees!) and as nominees for the national and local awards, grow membership in size and diversity, and shore up all the ways of connecting (social media, newsletters, etc.). Without further ado, I bring you the biannual newsletter.

April was a whirlwind month with all the happenings of the annual scientific meeting: connections with old friends, new fellows, a new format to the opening session, new guideline and white paper releases, and of course great food in New Orleans. For those of you who came to the meeting and the chapter reception, I hope to see you again. For those who missed it, look at next year which is practically in our backyard. Planes, trains, and automobiles can get you there. Here are the next three years of meetings:


Future Meeting Dates and Locations

Internal Medicine Meeting 2019
April 11-13
Philadelphia, PA

Internal Medicine Meeting 2020
April 23-25
Los Angeles, CA

Internal Medicine Meeting 2021
April 29 - May 1
Orlando, FL



Guideline and Statements Newly Released



Membership Perks

Among the other benefits of membership I have mentioned throughout the past year, here are two new ones:

Dual membership: ACP is an affiliate member organization of the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA). As such, all ACP members can join AMWA as an affiliate member for free. We encourage you to take advantage of this valuable ACP member benefit. Join here.

Opioid Initiative: new opioid training modules for members to use (email went out earlier this month with a link).



Social Media

Do you like Twitter, Facebook, and/or Instagram? Pick your social media poison and join the social media committee. Contact Ben Cherry if you would like to be a part of the team. It is an easy way to get more involved with the chapter. We have Facebook pages for the ACP membership and the early career contingent.



Convocation with the New Fellows

Each year at the annual scientific meeting, the Governor has the pleasure of walking in convocation with those of our chapter who have recently (within the last 3 years) become fellows. This achievement highlights a commitment to medicine, lifelong learning, and your professional college. Take a peek at this year's photo and congratulate the new fellows from our state:

Priya Tandon, MD, FACP
Katherine McKenzie, MD, FACP
Andrew O, Chow, MD, FACP
Inginia Genao, MD, FACP
Lavanya Jitendranath, MBBS, FACP
Antonie J. Auguste, MD, FACP
Adiba A. Geeti, MBBS, FACP
Anthony Yoder, DO, FACP
Suresh K. Chirumamilla, MD, FACP
Anu Paranandi, DO, FACP

Drs. Katz, Miller, Shan, Tandon, and Yoder are pictured below with Dr. Nardino (recipient of our chapter George F. Thornton Teaching Award and myself.




Masters and National Awards

Mastership was awarded to:

  • Nancy D. Adams, MD, FACP
  • O. Joseph Bizzozero, MD, FACP and
  • August H. Fortin, VI, MD, MPH, FACP

In addition:

  • Dr. August Fortin′ was awarded the Jane F. Desforges Distinguished Teacher Award The ACP states that “the award is bestowed upon a Fellow or Master of the College who has demonstrated the ennobling qualities of a great teacher as judged by the acclaim and accomplishments of former students who have been inspired and have achieved positions of leadership in the field of medical education, primarily as teachers.”
  • Dr. Silvio E. Inzucchi′ was selected for the Samuel Eichold II Memorial Award for Contributions in Diabetes. The ACP describes this award as “given to a member of the American College of Physician (who) has made important health care delivery innovations for diabetic patients resulting in improved clinical or economic outcomes; or … has conducted research that significantly improves quality of care or clinical management of diabetes.”



Residents and Fellows

Congratulation to Connecticut's ACP Young Achievers who were recognized at the ACP 2018 Internal Medicine Meeting:

  • Deborah Akanya, MD, Clinical Vignette Poster Finalist St Vincent's Medical Center Program
  • Iradat Amusa, MBChB, Clinical Vignette Poster Finalist St Vincent's Medical Center Program
  • Ayushi Chauhan, MBBS, Clinical Vignette Poster Finalist University of Connecticut Health Center
  • Chad Matthew Conner, MD, Clinical Vignette Poster Finalist University of Connecticut Program
  • Pankil Desai, MD, Clinical Vignette Poster Finalist Stamford Hospital
  • Arun Gautam, MD, Clinical Vignette Poster Finalist University of Connecticut Program
  • Abhas Khurana, MBBS, Clinical Vignette Poster Finalist University of Connecticut Program
  • Deepthi Kodali, MBBS, Clinical Vignette Poster Finalist University of Connecticut (New Britain) Program
  • Hussam A. Kurdi, MD, Clinical Vignette Poster Finalist Internal Medicine - Primary Care
  • Marianna Mavilia, DO, Clinical Vignette Poster Finalist University of Connecticut Health Center
  • Abhay Singh, MD, Research Poster Finalist Griffin Hospital Program
  • Ahmed Zaghloul, MBBCH, Clinical Vignette Poster Finalist University of Connecticut Health Center
  • Aziz Khan, MBBS, Doctor's Dilemma Participant University of Connecticut
  • Anand Krishnan, MBBS, Doctor's Dilemma Participant University of Connecticut
  • Amruta Panwala, MBBS, Doctor's Dilemma Participant University of Connecticut
  • Prateek Shukla, MBBS, Doctor's Dilemma Participant University of Connecticut

Congrats to all on some high achievements!



2018 Connecticut ACP Annual Meeting Update

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

Plans for the 2018 Chapter Meeting are underway. EXCITING NEWS!!! This year we will be hosting our meeting in Hartford at the Convention Center on October 19th. We plan on online registration again this year. Hope to see everyone there.

The day will start out with poster presentations by trainees. The first poster session will be followed by the Annual Women in Medicine Networking breakfast which has been a great success year after year. This year our scientific program includes a diverse line up of educational sessions with a mix of didactic and interactive sessions designed for the interest of medial students, residents, general internist, hospitalist and subspecialist. Morning sessions include a workshop on narrative writing and financial planning and Doctor's Dilemma all both targeting students and residents though are open to everyone. Other morning sessions for general audience include “update in opioid prescribing” and airline emergencies. Unlike previous years, Doctors' Dilemma is scheduled in the morning as opposed to afternoon to allow maximum resident participation. We plan to schedule the medical jeopardy in the morning so that more residents can be present to support colleagues.

The chapter will also host a pre-lunch ACP fellowship information session to guide membership towards various pathways to be become an ACP fellow. Dr. Robert Mclean, the president elect will be our guest speaker. Chapter Awards will be presented at lunch following which an FBI representative will speak about opioid crisis and the role of the FBI in CT.

The afternoon program will fall under two tracks – an inpatient and an outpatient track. The inpatient track will feature “Update in Hospital Medicine ABIM SEP Module”, “update in atrial fibrillation” and “critical care for the hospitalist”. The outpatient track will feature “update in Internal Medicine ABIM SEP Module”, “sleep disorders in primary care” and management of osteoporosis.

The day will end with a brief business meeting.

Registration will be offered online again this year. Participants will need to indicate on registration which session they plan to attend. New this year, the sessions will be color coded to quickly identify the following categories: All attendees, students and residents, women only, inpatient track and outpatient track. Though certain sessions are designed with certain group of participants in mind, all sessions except “women in medicine networking breakfast” are pen to everyone as long as there is space. Watch out for a “save the date” card in your mailin Internal Medicine in the outpatient one. Besides the two SEP modules, sessions on atrial fibrillation, perioperative medicine, sleep disorders and osteoporosis will be part of the afternoon educational offerings.




Leadership Day

As usual, leadership day in our country's capital is always in May and the entourage is heading down next week. Looking forward to sharing the events in print and with pictures next month.

If you are interested in advocacy, please reach out to Keith Vom Eigen or Ben Cherry. We will be scheduling a CT capitol visit with legislators soon.

Why should you join us for Leadership Day 2019?

Participants in leadership day:

  • Receive a comprehensive orientation on ACP's top legislative priorities.
  • Earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits.
  • Learn advocacy skills that can be utilized back home.
  • Meet other internists who care about advocacy, including colleagues from your own state.
  • Learn about policy issues that impact your profession and your ability to provide quality care.
  • Get to know ACP leaders



Diversity Committee Report May 2018

Amir Mohammad, MD and Naseema Merchant, MD

The committee held its first meeting of the calendar year on Monday 3/26/ 18 to welcome the new committee members. Dr. Sanela Tarabar, Dr. Ayesha Chaudhry, Dr. Naseema Merchant and Dr. Amir Mohammad were present while Dr. Olugbenga Arole joined via telephone call.

The new members were provided an overview of the Chapter's mission and goals. One important goal for our chapter is to increase the number of diverse Fellows to better reflect the diverse membership of the College and our chapter. Several great ideas were generated during this face to face meeting. The committee would like to organize programs to meet the needs of our diverse membership. These include mentoring events, visa events for physicians who are in training on a training or H1B visas and outreach events to engage private practitioners and address their needs. Another idea which was suggested was looking into the possibility of creating a list or database of potential mentors and match young physicians to those mentors who share their areas of interest. The committee will share details of upcoming events via the governor's newsletter as well as the Facebook page of the ACP Connecticut.

The committee will again host the annual “Women in Medicine” networking event at the annual chapter meeting and welcome all women participants to attend. New this year, at the chapter meeting we will organize an open forum before lunch break where attendees can directly speak with one of the committee members or chapter leadership about ACP fellowship application

Please do not hesitate to reach out to any one of us for any fellowship or diversity related questions. If you have ideas on how this committee could best serve your interest, please email any one of us.



New Members in the Last Six Months

Mohamed Y. Ahmed, MBBS
Salah Alsalahi, MBBS
Ghassan Alzayer, MD
Sauda Bholat, MD
Laurie Caines, MD
Jacqueline Cook, MD
Anna Dill, MD
Nasiha Fahmi, MD
Shreyas Gowdar, MBBS
David Aniefiok Inyangetor, MD
Albert Langou, MD
Walter Lehnhoff, DO
Amir Mohammad, MD
Aba A. Osseo-Asare, MD
Emanuela Sangeorzan, MD
Sudeep K. Siddappa Malleshappa, MD
John Toksoy, MD
Leigh Wilson, DO
Christopher Yambay, MD
He Zhang, MD

That's it for now, but be on the look-out for monthly updates until the next newsletter at the end of the year!

Some of the best lessons we ever learn are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom and success of the future.
Dale Turner

Rebecca Andrews