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2022 Georgia Chapter Scientific Meeting

October 14-16, 2022
Hyatt Regency, Savannah, Georgia

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Fostering Excellence in Internal Medicine

After an unprecedented year for internists, the GA Chapter is pleased to offer a safe meeting space to learn, recharge, and facilitate face-to-face discussion with your peers, chapter leaders, and guest speakers!

Join your internal medicine colleagues at the next GA Chapter scientific meeting October 14 - 16, 2022:

  • Earn CME credits and MOC points and connect with other internists who know your challenges and can help you find solutions.
  • Experience top-notch education from expert faculty, meet new people and connect with old friends, and learn about ways to get involved with our Chapter.
  • This meeting will help you meet your needs as a physician and help you provide the best care for your patients using the latest information.

We look forward to seeing you in Hyatt Regency, Savannah GA!

G. Waldon Garriss, III, MD, MS, FAAP, MACP
Governor, Georgia Chapter

Meeting Highlights
  • Diabetes Meds/Management
  • Managing Covid Long Haulers + Biologics - Immune System Impact + Immunization
  • Non-Alcoholic Liver Disease
  • Movement/Balance Disorders
  • Memory/Dementia Symptoms & Approach
  • Treatment for Cancer Survivors + Palliative Care
  • Common Coding Errors Related to New CMS Guidelines 
  • Joint Injection Workshop
Program Committee
  • Bhavin Adhyaru, MD, FACP
  • Lisa Bernstein, MD, FACP
  • Melhim Bou Alwan, MD, FACP
  • Edward Chin, MD, FACP
  • Justin Ertle, MD
  • Waldon Garriss, MD, MACP
  • Jason Higdon, MD, FACP
  • Stacy Higgins, MD, FACP
  • Ned Holland, MD, FACP
  • John Kim, MD, FACP (Committee Chair)
  • Danny Newman, MD, FACP
  • Birju Patel, MD, FACP
  • Mike Quinn, MD, FACP
  • Zahraa Rabeeah, MD
  • Brian Ribeiro, MD, FACP
  • Lela Ward, MD, FACP

16 CME & MOC Available

Release Date: October 16, 2022
Termination Date: October 16, 2023

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The American College of Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The ACP designates this live activity for a maximum of 16 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 16 medical knowledge MOC point in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.


October 14, 2022

Time Session
7:30-9:00 AM Breakfast
7:30-5:00 PM Registration
8:00-Noon Resident Podium Presentations
Alyce Oliver, PhD, MD, FACP, Program Director
Noon-1:00 PM Updates and Uptake. Let's Get Vaccinating! Lunch Lecture
Frances Ferguson, MD,MPH. FACP,
12:30-1:30 PM Lunch
12:30-2:30 PM Student Program; Mock Interviews
Jason Higdon, MD, FACP, Faculty
1:00-2:30 PM Resident Program; Specialty Panel
Riaz Mahmood, MD
1:00-5:00 PM Workshop - Joint Injection / Evaluation
2 Sessions 1 -3 PM , 3-5 PM

Timothy Connelly, MD, MBA, FACP, CHCQM, Associate Program Director
Mary Downing, MD, FACP
2:00-3:00 PM Poster Judging Faculty & Fellows
2:30-2:55 PM Poster Judge Meeting; Resident & Student Programs
3:00-5:00 PM Poster Presentations; Residents & Student Programs
Mike Quinn MD FACP, President Burn Critical Care Associates, Critical Care Burn Intensivist, Pulmonary Consult
5:00-6:00 PM Resident Reception
6:00-7:00 PM Governors Reception
G. Waldon Garriss, MD, MACP, Governor ACP Georgia
7:00-9:00 PM Student Jeopardy / Buffet Dinner / Awards
Jason Higdon, MD, FACP, Faculty

October 15, 2022

Time Session
7:30-9:00 AM Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
7:30-4:30 PM Registration
7:30-5:00 PM Exhibit Hall
7:45-8:00 AM Opening Remarks
John Kim, MD, FACP
8:00-9:00 AM For physicians, dealing with emotional toll from the pandemic - seeking help without feeling judged”?
William Salazar, MD, FACP MCG Professor of Medicine and Pyschiatry and Health Behavior
9:00-10:00 AM Non-Alcoholic Liver Disease
Steven Carpenter, MD, MACP Chair of Medicine
10:00-10:30 AM Break in Exhibit Hall >
10:30-11:30 AM “Biologics in Rheumatic Disease”
Alyce Oliver, PhD, MD, FACP, Program Director
11:30-12:30 PM Managing Covid Long Haulers
Tiffany Walker, MD, Assistant Professor
Mary Downing, MD, FACP
12:30-1:00 PM Town Hall Meeting / Box Lunches
1:00-2:00 PM Heath Policy
Jacqueline Fisher, MD, MACP, Partner, Center for Primary Care
Tracey Henry, MD, FACP, MPH
2:00-3:00 PM Diabetes Medication Management
Edwin Chin, MD, FACP, Professor of Medicine and Otolaryngology
3:00-3:30 PM Break in Exhibit Hall
3:30-4:30 PM Common Coding Errors Related to the new CMS Guidelines
Steve Adams, CPC, COC, CPMA, CRC, CEMC, CPC-I Regulatory Consultant
2:00-5:00 PM Resident Doctor’s Dilemma Competition / Awards
Nidhip A Patel, DO FACP, Jin Lee, MD
6:00-8:00 PM Awards Reception
G. Waldon Garriss, MD, MACP, Govenor ACP Georgia
8:00-10:00 PM Early Career Event

October 16, 2022

Time Session
7:00-Noon Registration
7:00-8:00 PM Fellowship Breakfast Women's Networking Breakfast
7:00-8:30 AM Breakfast
7:55-8:30 AM Opening Remarks
8:00-9:00 AM Movement and Balance Disorders: Approach to Tremors, Gait Disorders & Falls
Colin McLeod, MD Neurologist, Assistant Professor
9:00-10:00 AM " Memory/Dementia: How does one approach that complaint? How do you work through that symptom?"
Chad Hales, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology
10:00-10:30 AM Break in Exhibit Hall
10:30-11:30 AM Treatment for Cancer Survivors
Suchita Pakkala, MD, Assistant Professor
11:30-12:30 PM Palliative Care - Prognostication Goal Setting - Dealing with Uncertainty: Tools and Strategies for Prognostication in Serious Illness
Laura Brachman, MD, Assistant Professor
Susan Kimiko Kunihiro, MD Assistant Professor in the Division of Palliative and Supportive Care
12:30 PM Adjourn

Georgia Chapter Registration

Categories Registration By September 30, 2022 Registration By October 16, 2022
ACP Member $370 $395
ACP Resident/Fellow Member $75 $100
ACP Medical Student Member $25 $50
Nonmember Physician $470 $495
Nonmember Resident* $100 $125
Nonmember Medical Student* $50 $75
Nonmember Allied Health Professional* $350 $375

Members whose dues were not paid for the current fiscal year will receive the nonmember registration rate. 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).

*Nonmember Residents, Medical Students, and Allied Health Professionals cannot register online and must register by contacting Customer Service at 800-523-1546, ext. 2600 in order to get the correct registration rate.


Find answers to commonly asked questions here.

Registration Information

Registration fee includes breakfast, morning break, lunch, afternoon break, all scientific sessions and materials, and CME and MOC eligible.  

Members whose dues were not paid for the current fiscal year will receive the nonmember registration rate.

Can I follow along on social media?

Yes, follow/like the GA Chapter through the meeting on social media! Use the hashtags #IMProud #IMMGA22.

  • Twitter: @gaacp1
  • Facebook: @gerogiachapteracp
  • Instagram: @georgiachapteracp

Cancellations and Refunds

Notice of cancellation must be made in writing (fax, mail, or e-mail). Cancellations will not be accepted by telephone. Cancellations made after 08/14/2022 will result in a processing fee of $50.00.
Individuals who fail to attend the course (no-shows) will not be entitled to any refund.

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. 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

I do not have an ACPonline account

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

Hotel Accommodations

We have reserved a block of rooms at the following rates until September 26, 2022. When making your reservation, be sure to mention that you will be attending the ACP GA Chapter meeting. The rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so make your reservation as early as possible by calling the hotel directly at 877-803-7534 or registering online.

Single/Double: $257.00
Hyatt Regency
2 W. Bay Street
Savannah, GA 31401

Participant Photography

As a participant in the chapter meeting, your photograph may to taken as a focus or background subject, to be used in chapter communications. If you would not like your photo taken, please inform chapter staff.

ACP Chapters Meeting Code of Conduct

ACP is a community that values collegiality, respect for patents and each other, and medicine's standards of ethics and professionalism. ACP members are guided by the content and spirit of the ACP Pledge and by their commitment to the ethics of medicine, including those in the ACP Ethics Manual. "Physicians' conduct as professionals and as individuals should merit the respect of the community."

ACP expects members, staff, and others who participate in events and activities involving ACP to treat others as you would like to be treated - with courtesy, respect for differences, and in ways that appropriately represent the profession of internal medicine. As set forth in ACP's An-Harassment Policy, ACP does not tolerate any form of harassment, including intimidation, hostility, or other unwelcome and offensive communication or treatment.

If you experience or observe harassing, inappropriate or otherwise unprofessional behavior, or you have concerns about how you have been treated by an ACP member or staff or anyone else at an ACP meeting or event, you may report the incident to Chapter Staff.

The chapter reserves the right to take any action deemed necessary and appropriate; including immediate removal from the meeting without warning or refund, in response to any incident of unacceptable behavior, and the chapter reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future meeting, virtually or in person.

2022 Georgia Chapter Meeting Event Platform - WHOVA

Whova provides meeting attendees quick and easy access to the attendee list, daily schedule, faculty/session details, location, and much more.

Access and Download WHOVA
You can access the Whova WEB APP here or download the Whova MOBILE APP available for Apple Devices on the App Store or for Android on Google Play. 

Access Whova Documentation 
View Attendee Guide

Satisfaction Guarantee

The American College of Physicians offers a satisfaction guarantee for all courses offered.  If you are dissatisfied with your meeting experience, you may request a registration fee refund in writing.

For meeting/program questions, please get in touch with a member of the chapter staff: Mary Daniels, 770.965.7606 or or Serena Phengphachanh 303.748.7178 or


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