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Florida Chapter Virtual Scientific Meeting

Held December 4 - 5, 2020

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The Future Direction of Healthcare and Medicine

Join your colleagues in internal medicine at the virtual scientific meeting of the Florida Chapter of the American College of Physicians, being held December 4 – December 5, 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 Florida Chapter’s rich source of knowledge content.

Meeting Highlights
  • FL State Mandated Courses: Florida Controlled Substance Prescribing & Human Trafficking
  • Updates in Cardiology, Dermatology, Diabetes, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Neurology, Nutrition, Oncology, Pulmonary Care, Rheumatology
  • 10 New/Hot Topics in Infectious Disease
  • What’s New in Hospital Medicine
  • Adult Immunizations
  • 9th Annual Humanism in Medicine Lecture Series: Humanism at the End of Life: Lessons from the COVID-Pandemic
  • COVID Panel: Lessons Learned
  • Governor’s Award Announcements
Program Committee
  • Avan Armaghani, MD
  • Karen Echeverria-Beltran, MD FACP
  • George D. Everett, MD MS MACP 
  • Karen M. Hamad, MD FACP FAAP
  • Ingrid C Jones-Ince, MD FACP
  • Claudia Kroker-Bode, MD FACP
  • Wilhelmine Wiese-Rometsch, MD FACP

19 CME/MOC Available

Release Date: December 5, 2020
Termination Date: December 5, 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 19 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 19 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.

CME for the 2 hour Florida Controlled Substance Prescribing Course is being provided through the Florida Medical Association

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Florida Medical Association and Florida Chapter American College of Physicians. The Florida Medical Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Florida Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


December 4

Time Session
7:00 AM Governor's Welcome
George Everett, MD, MS, MACP - Governor ACP
James Fiorica, MD, Vice-President - Chief Medical Officer, Sarasota Memorial Health Care
Wilhelmine Wiese-Rometsch, MD, FACP – Scientific Program Chair, Presiding
7:15 AM Florida Controlled Substance Prescribing 

**This session will be available during the LIVE meeting only – no recorded version will be available.

Jason M. Goldman, MD FACP
9:15 AM What’s New in Rheumatology: An Update for the Internist
Kimberly A. Lyn Shue, MD
10:15 AM Adult Immunizations/CDC Lessons from Coronavirus
Jason M. Goldman, MD FACP
11:15 AM Clinical Pearls in Primary Care
Sary O. Beidas, MD, MBI, FACP
12:15 PM Networking Break
12:45 PM Update in Geriatric Medicine 2020
Naresh H. Pathak, MD, FACP, FAAHPM
1:45 PM What’s New in Nephrology & Hypertension for the Internist
Amit N. Shah, MD
2:45 PM Gastroenterology Update for the Internist
Marc L. Bernstein, MD
3:45 PM What is New in Oncology for the Internist
Amir Harandi, MD, MS
4:45 PM Pulmonary & Critical Care Update: What Today’s Internist Needs to Know
Kenneth M. Hurwitz, MD, FACP
5:45 PM Florida Legislative and Regulatory Update
Christopher L. Nuland, Esq.

December 5

Time Session
7:30 AM Nutrition and Preventive Cardiology Update
Chippy C. Nalluri, MD, FACC
8:30 AM Cardiology Update for the Internist
9:30 AM Dermatology Update for the Internist
Alla Gruman, MD
10:30 AM 10 New/Hot Topics in Infectious Disease
Eliot W. Godofsky, MD, FACP
11:30 AM New Considerations in the Management of Diabetes
Vida Farhangi, MD, FACP
Noon Resident & Medical Student Workshop
12:30 PM Networking Break
12:45 PM 9th Annual Humanism in Medicine Lecture Series: Humanism at the End of Life: Lessons from the COVID-Pandemic
Joelle M. Vlahakis, MD
1:45 PM Neurology Update for the Internist
David K. Stone, MD, PhD
2:45 PM What’s New in Hospital Medicine
Faisal Keen, MD, FACP
3:45 PM COVID Panel: Lessons Learned
Wilhemine Wiese-Rometsch, MD, FACP - Moderator
Karen M. Hamad, MD, FACP, FAAP
Leilany I. Irizarry-Colon, MD
Claudio D. Tuda, MD, FACP
4:45 PM Human Trafficking (New 1 Hour State Mandated Course)
Christopher L. Nuland, Esq.
5:45 PM Town Hall/Annual Business Meeting
George Everett, MD, MS, MACP, ACP Governor Florida
6:00 PM Governor’s Award Announcements
George Everett, MD, MS, MACP, ACP Governor Florida

Resident & Medical Student Workshop

December 5 | 1:00 - 5:00 PM

Join your colleagues at this specially designed breakout for important information relevant to your career. Registration for the Resident & Medical Student Workshop is included in meeting registration. 

If you have any questions, please contact FL ACP Council of Resident/Fellow Members Co-chairs: Madeline Fasen MD - or Caroline Lee MD -

Time Session
noon - 1:00 PM Program Director Q&A
1:00 - 2:00 PM Employment Contracts and Negotiations
Christopher L. Nuland, Esq.
2:00 - 3:00 PM Beyond Residency
Luis Isea, MD & Ankush K. Bansal, MD, FACP
Academic vs Private Practice; Locus Tenens; Visa/Green Card Sponsorships; Advice on Signing Employment Agreements
3:00 - 4:00 PM COVID Session - Student & Resident Discussion
Effects of Wellness & Education; Comparing Medical Schools & Residency Programs
4:00 - 5:00 PM FL Chapter ACP Council of Residents & Medical Students Representative Meeting
Policy Projects & Advocacy

Florida Chapter Registration

Categories Registration Rates
ACP Member $99
ACP Resident/Fellow Member $0
ACP Medical Student Member $0
Nonmember Physician $199
Nonmember Resident $0
Nonmember Medical Student $0
Nonmember Allied Health Professional $199

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.

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

All sessions are virtual for this meeting. Links for attendees to join virtual sessions are in the Virtual Meeting Hub. Only registered attendees who are logged in will be able to access these links.

I do not have an ACPonline account or I cannot access my account.

If you have any difficulty accessing your ACP account, you can reset your username and password. You can do so by clicking on the MyACP link at the top of the ACP web site. Nonmembers are advised to use their e-mail address as their username when creating a password. If you require additional assistance, please contact us (M-F, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET) via web chat or call 800-ACP-1915 or 215-351-2600 or via e-mail at

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?

All sessions will be archived for later consumption with the exception of the 
Florida Controlled Substance Prescribing, which will only be presented live.

How will the CME credit for the FL Controlled Substance Course be reported?

The Florida Medical Association will be providing the 2 hour CME credit and will report to CE Broker.

When will the winners of the Virtual Poster Competition be announced?

The winners of the Virtual Poster Competition will be announced on December 5 at 6:00 p.m. during the Governor’s Award Announcements.

For other questions about the virtual meeting, contact Dawn Moerings at 904-355-0800 or


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