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Connecticut Governor's Newsletter May 2019

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Rebecca A. Andrews, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Rebecca A. Andrews, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Dear Colleagues,

And just like that, the third year of my Governorship has begun with the same whirlwind of the last two years. I had the pleasure of serving on the Board of Governor's Executive Committee and spending quality time with the members of the Board of Regents. This meant I spent the full week down in Philadelphia at the meeting and then not long after visited the Alaska Chapter of ACP to give several lectures. Kudos to our residents across the state who compete each year in Doctor’s Dilemma. I had the chance to see the Alaskan attendings struggle with Doctor's Dilemma as well, but they had two daring volunteer teams, “the porcupines” and “Tom's girls”, that had their turn to fight with the buzzers!

This is a special year for CT. The President of the ACP serves for one year and is an ambassador around the country and the world. Our very own Robert McLean is the President for this year. He is a practicing rheumatologist highly passionate about advocacy for internal medicine as a specialty and the health care system in the United States. Click here to learn more about your esteemed colleague who will put CT on the map as he travels the country and the world.

I hope many of you made it to this year's annual meeting held in the birthplace of the College, sunny Philadelphia. There was the usual mix of fantastic offerings including pop up education pieces, the Curbsiders held a ticketed event (check out their three podcasts covering highlights) connections with friends and colleagues, the induction of new fellows, and new additions to the clinical skills area. On our blog Rob Nardino, immediate past governor, highlights some important aspects of the meeting. If you missed it this year, please considering joining us at a future meeting. Here are the next two annual meetings:

Future Meeting Dates and Locations

Internal Medicine Meeting

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

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


Guideline Newly Released and Resources

Speaking of physician wellness….JAMA internal medicine published Physicians' Goodness and Guilt—Emotional Challenges of Practicing Medicine which I feel is a must read. The article discusses the element of guilt that physicians struggle with and its effect on us – even how we address that guilt with self-punishment.



Membership Perks – Coming Soon

The National team is putting together clear membership benefits tailored to different stages of the medical career such as medical students, residents and fellows, early career physicians, and beyond.



Social Media

Do you like twitter, Facebook, Instagram? Pick your social media poison and join the social media committee. Our twitter handle is @ConnecticutACP; we have Facebook pages for the ACP membership of CT at large 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 who had the chance to walk in Convocation:

  • Andrew W. Chow
  • Cynthia R. Feher
  • Serafina M. Glouzgal
  • Katherine Golar
  • Mohammed Qureshi
  • Maria Restrepo
  • Angela Stein
  • Louis Scott Sussman
  • Clara Weinstock

All tolled we had an unbelievable number of CT physicians honored with fellowship – 60 this year!!!




Master and National Awards

We had several chapter award winners join us this year along with the Masters and Fellows that came to convocation.

Chapter Laureate Award Winner:

Marilyn Katz, MD, FACP


Chapter Thornton Award Winner:

Amenuve Bekui, MD, FACP


Mastership was awarded to:

Robert Nardino, MD, MACP

Ernest D Moritz, MD, MACP

And this year was extra special as Robert McLean takes the helm as our new national president.


In addition:

Connecticut Hospice′ was awarded the Edward R. Loveland Memorial Award for a Distinguished Contribution in the Health Field. This award honors a layperson or lay organization for a distinguished contribution in the health field.



Residents and Fellows

Congratulation to Connecticut's own Marilyn Katz, MD, FACP who received kudos at the ACP Young Achievers reception for Best Research Poster in the Early Career Physician category.

Bridgeport represented UConn at the ACP National meeting in Philadelphia in the Doctors' Dilemma Competition. Due to buzzer issues they did not advance, but their passion and enthusiasm to participate was high throughout the competition. A huge congratulations to John Clarke, Priyadarshini Balasubramanian, Tony Roy and Gini Priyadharshini Jeyashanmugaraja representing Bridgeport and Connecticut, as well as David Lobo, their Program Director! If you have not had the chance to attend and watch the competition, put it on your list for next year. It is one of the highlights of the meeting no matter which round you see.

In conjunction with EPC, and in the spirit of ACP's recent volunteer week, we hosted a volunteer event at Hartford Foodshare on 4/20/19. It was a wonderful morning to give back on a rainy holiday weekend. The staff and other volunteers were warm and welcoming. It was a rejuvenating experience and we look forward to more experiences like this in the future.





2019 Connecticut ACP Annual Meeting Update

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

The 2019 annual chapter meeting will be held October 25, 2019 at the Connecticut Convention Center. The meeting offerings continues to expand with a wide variety of educational, networking and wellness sessions keeping in mind the educational needs of our diverse membership as well as feedback from past meeting attendees.

In addition to the popular annual sessions of resident posters, Doctors' Dilemma, Women in Medicine Networking breakfast and SEP modules in Internal Medicine and Hospital Medicine, we will additionally host sessions equaling 12 CME offered in parallel.  Besides claiming CME and MOC for the SEP modules through ABIM, participants will be able to claim up to 5 additional CME and MOC credits through ACP.  The meeting will again feature three tracks in the morning: one for residents and medical students, a second for predominantly outpatient focused topics and the third will cover mostly hospital medicine-based topics.  We are fortunate to have ACP president Dr. Robert Mclean address the participants at lunch during which poster and chapter awards will be presented.  The poster judging will start at 7 a.m., followed by SEP and Women in Medicine Networking breakfast followed by the main scientific program which will start shortly after 10:00 a.m. Afternoon sessions like the morning, will fall into an outpatient and inpatient tracks.  The formal program will end by 5:00 p.m. followed by the short annual business meeting which will then formally conclude the annual chapter meeting.

Program highlights:

  • Resident Poster Judging
  • SEP modules in Internal Medicine and Hospital medicine,
  • Women in Medicine Networking Breakfast
  • Obesity Management
  • ENT for the Internist
  • Yes, You Can- Successful Quality Improvement with Limited Time and Budget
  • Inpatient Guidelines every Hospitalist Should Know
  • Pharmaceutical Perils
  • Myth Busting the Top 5 not so Hot Health Fads
  • Update on PE
  • Update on Stroke
  • Wellness World Café
  • Urology for the Internist

New this year, the SEP modules will be offered once early in the morning prior to the start of the main scientific program. Also new this year, is a fantastic session on physician wellness tilted “Wellness World Café” offered by our own master clinician Dr. August Fortin.

Our committee has worked very hard to make sure there is time in between sessions as well as extra time at lunch to allow travel to sessions, networking, mingling and Q/A with speakers.

We have an awesome line up of speakers from within our state and beyond and we are super excited to hear them.

You do not want to miss this fantastic CME session right here in your state in an accessible and a great location.

We plan to offer online registration again this year.

Please mark your calendars for October 25, 2019.

Hope to see everyone this fall at the annual meeting.



Medical Students: who doesn't like a contest??

UConn, Yale, and Quinnipiac medical students are currently in a healthy competition to support Connecticut homeless shelters. This event, sponsored by ACP CT and the Internal Medicine Interest Groups, has students collecting supplies needed by homeless shelters in CT. At the end of the allotted time for donations, Connecticut's own Dr. Robert McLean, MD, FACP (we haven't officially asked him yet, hopefully he is reading his sitting down), ACP President, will be blinded to the list of donations from each school and pick the ultimate winner whose shelter will receive all the donations!

UConn: South Park Inn, Hartford

Yale: Columbus House, New Haven

Quinnipiac: Emergency Shelter Management Services, New Haven

The winner will also be deciding on the when and where of the event to celebrate the efforts of all three schools




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 Ben Cherry. Let us know if you are interested in a local CT event or Leadership Day in Washington, D.C. in 2020

Why should you join us for Leadership Day 2020?

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

Amir Mohammad, MD and Naseema Merchant, MD

The Diversity Committee has been quite busy in the last few months. After hosting the annual Women in Medicine Networking breakfast in October 2018 at the annual meeting, the committee hosted two events in spring 2019.

The first event was titled “Visa Q/A session” which was hosted on April 2, 2019 at the Wood-n- Tap restaurant in Hamden, CT. The event was organized by the Diversity Committee and co-hosted by Residents and Fellows Council and the Early Career Physicians Committee of the chapter. The purpose was to meet the visa needs of our diverse international medical graduates who are currently in residency training and allow them an opportunity to learn about their immigration options following completion of their residency. Attorney Lauren Hopwood who leads the immigration practice at LeClair Ryan, a prestigious national firm with a New Haven, CT was the guest speaker. Attorney Hopwood specializes in complex physician immigration law, waivers, visas and represents many hospitals in the state of CT and elsewhere. We had a diverse group of interns and residents in attendance representing internal medicine training programs from across the state. Immediate feedback right after the event from all participants was overwhelmingly positive. The chapter would like to thank attorney Hopwood for her time and expertise and plans to organize similar event every year.


The second event hosted on April 4, 2019 at the “Eli's on Whitney” restaurant in Hamden, CT was titled “Identifying Patients Appropriate for Hospice and Palliative Care.” Dr. Abhishek Kumar, Director of Vitas Health Care, discussed tools that can be readily employed by any physician to identify patients appropriate for palliative care or hospice in any health care setting. This interactive event was well attended and there was a diverse representation from physicians, medical trainees, APRN's, RN's and other health care providers from all across the state. The attendees were very engaged and great discussion was generated during the Q/A which followed the didactic session. We thank Dr. Kumar for his time and expertise and also thank all the attendees for joining us. Special thanks to Dr. Sujata Prasad, member of our chapter diversity committee who took the lead on organizing this special program. Based on the interest generated for this event, the committee plans to hold similar educational programs in the near future.


You think the rain's ashamed to fall? Something grows every time I hit the ground.

Andrea Gibson “Alaska Says Sun”

Rebecca Andrews