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Marie T. Brown, MD, FACP, ACP Governor, Illinois Northern
The practice of medicine continues to change at lightning speed
and yet so much of what we do as physicians remains unchanged. Our
vision is to provide you with resources to help incorporate those
changes that improve you and your patients' lives while protecting
the essence of the physician patient relationship. There is an art
to good communication - one that we can all strive for (and not
always succeed) as I share a recent office encounter that
We can so easily lose perspective in our rush to solve a
problem, frantically answer a question or quickly dispense with a
request, as I did just this week. At the end of a visit addressing
numerous medical problems, a woman added one more: nasal congestion
ever since she got a cat. I found myself pressed to dispense with
this seemingly simple low priority problem and smugly suggested she
get rid of the cat (saving me 20 clicks on the computer to
prescribe yet another medicine). When she then asked me what she
was supposed to do with the rats in her apartment for which she had
purchased the cat, I found myself speechless, humbled and
embarrassed. Embarrassed that I had judged, prioritized and
dismissed her request without listening.
Knowing your patients, listening carefully to their requests and
not judging too quickly is the essence of that patient physician
relationship that we all value so greatly. We have focused on
improving that communication with several programs through ACP,
several of which I will highlight below.
As our membership has grown in our region to over 5000 including
generalists, specialists, medical students and senior practitioners
so has the diversity of activities in our chapter and we hope to
continue to provide these innovative learning opportunities to all
Three faculty from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating
Science at Stonybrook, New York, led ACP members through an amazing
workshop on November 9 to improve our ability to communicate with
patients and colleagues. Faculty, through the use of improve,
taught us to react 'with' not 'to' each other. A 'train the
trainer' session was held in Annapolis, Maryland, November 21
attended by 6 of our of local ACP members. National ACP leaders
assisted attendees in engaging their colleagues and leadership in
quality improvement strategies, bring tools to their home
institutions and achieving patient centered medical home
recognition through practice transformation and redesign.
Through technology, the MKSAP Live Online Study Hall
organized by Drs. Cathy Cheng and Sean
Greenhalgh continues every Tuesday night and remains free
to ACP members.
Speakers Panel has been well received for those who prefer a
'live' program. Expert ACP speakers without industry
support may be invited to your location to discuss a variety of
topics from How to Avoid Physician Burnout to Choosing Wisely to
Updates in Internal Medicine and Hospital Medicine.
Interest groups around a variety of themes continue to form and
are supported including: Public Health (Dr. Sarah
Lovinger), SafetyNet providers (Dr. Babs
Waldman) and Med/Peds (Dr. Rachel
Caskey). If you and your colleagues have an idea for a
unique interest group please contact us.
The Early Career Physicians, led by Drs. Harneet
Bath and Angela Bell, held a wine tasting
event at Bin 36 on October 2. It was well attended by more than 25
physicians from the northern region. There was a presentation on
the benefits of ACP membership as well as information about the
Early Physicians Council. The attendees enjoyed the opportunity for
social networking, and of course the wine tasting with 8 different
wines from around the world. The Council is planning an event for
Spring 2015, so stay tuned for more details.
The following photos were all taken during the Council of Early
Career Physicians Wine Tasting
On September 16, 2016, Dr. Eileen Barrett,
Governor of the New Mexico Chapter, spoke to students about her
experiences working on a Navajo Reservation in New Mexico and
global health care volunteerism. Her description of the impact on
patient lives inspired attendees to embrace volunteerism and global
The committee is planning a panel presentation featuring area
Residency Program Directors in the spring. Watch for details.
Residents' and Medical Students' Day (formerly
Residents' and Medical Students' Day 2014 was held at UIC Student
Center East on October 10, 2014. Three hundred seventy-five
participants enjoyed a day of live and e-poster presentations,
clinical and ultrasound workshops, and a keynote presentation by
Dr. Steven Weinberger. Next year's event will be at UIC on October
The following are the winners from our recent competitions:
Third place: Jin Hyung-Yoo, University of
Giant Right Atrial Mass, A Rare Presentation of Small Cell
Second Place: Julie Waisbren,
The BRCA Gene Mutation and GIST: A Potential Association
First Place: Adjon Anyane-Yeboa, University of
A Case of Black Esophagus after Cardiac Arrest
Third place: Ehete Bahiru, Northwestern
A Retrospective Study of Co-infections, Mortality, and Treatment
Adherence Among HIV/AIDS Patients at ALERT Hospital in Ethiopia
Second Place: Daniel Kobrinski, Loyola
Gilbert syndrome and the risk of cardiovascular disease and
all-cause mortality: a systematic review
First Place: Lindsay Esch, University of
Preparing for the Primary Care Clinic: An Ambulatory Boot Camp for
Internal Medicine Interns
First Place: Briannna Costello, Rush
If Your Patient Has-Bled, Did You calculate the CHA2DS2-VASc
First Place Medical Student Clinical Vignette Poster:
Chad Hochberg, University of Chicago
Tip of the Iceberg: TTP as the Initial Event in SLE
First Place Medical Student Research Poster: Michael
Alcohol intoxication potentiates post burn remote organ damage
through shifts in fluid compartments mediated by bradykinin
After a spirited competition, Stroger Cook County will represent
Illinois Northern in the National Doctor's Dilemma Competition at
IM 2015 in Boston. Team members are: Sriman Swarup, Sharath
Vipparthy, and Amith George Jacob.
Third place: Kristina Quinn, Loyola
Common (and Uncommon) Infectious Causes of Acute Pericarditis in an
Second Place: Syed Shad Mahmood, University of
An Unusual Case of Shoulder Pain
First Place: Vishal Kapadia, Advocate
Vancomycin Induced Immune Thrombocytopenia in a Renally Insufficant
The First Place Medical Student: Claire
Beveridge, University of Chicago
A Spontaneous Painful Complication
In 2013, six residency programs exemplified outstanding
commitment to ACP by achieving Elite Status whereby more than 90%
of the residents are ACP members, leadership at the program level
is demonstrated and commitment locally and nationally is prominent.
The program directors and medicine chairs exemplify the importance
of life-long education and demonstrate the value of the ACP and all
it stands for.
The Illinois Chapter Northern Region acknowledges the programs'
commitment and efforts, giving them the opportunity to present the
ACP Governor's Outstanding Resident of the Year Award in
recognition of one resident's exceptional qualifications. The
awardee will also receive a $750 award toward travel to IM 2015 in
Awarded to: Suliman Alradawi, MD Presented by:
Dr. Armand Krikorian and Dr. Marc
Awarded to: Jo-Ann Jose, MD Presented by:
Dr. Kevin Simpson
Presented to: Yan Chen, MD Presented by:
Dr. Sajan Thomas
Presented to: Jyothi Achankunju Presented by:
Dr. Steve Potts
Presented to: Andrew Watson MD Presented by:
Dr. Fred Zar
Presented to: Lianghe Gao, MD Presented by:
Dr. Karen Weinstein
Event photos can be viewed in the photo gallery.
The 2014 Chapter Meeting was held in Champaign on Friday and
Saturday, November 7 & 8. The morning kicked off early with a
mentoring breakfast attended by Early Career Physicians. The
opening plenary session, given by Cynthia (Daisy) Smith,
MD, FACP, the national ACP Senior Educator leading the
ACP's High Value Care initiative, was next, followed by multiple
other excellent topics including New Guidelines for Lipids and
Hypertension, Multiple Small Feedings of the Mind: New
Anticoagulants, Advances in HepatitisC and Inpatient Polypharmacy.
Dr. Ende, ACP Regent, gave an inspiring talk on
the Characteristics of Effective Clinical Teachers. Afternoon
breakout sessions were well attended, addressing a variety of
topics from leadership development to clinical updates.
Save the date for the 2015 Illinois Chapter Meeting, November 13
& 14, at the beautiful University Club across from Millenium
Park in Chicago. The statewide Chapter meeting will be held for ACP
members who have completed their training, focusing on educational
programs, recertification needs of ACP members already in practice,
and renewing friendships with colleagues. A Residency Program
Reunion Gala will be held following the Friday sessions at the
University Club. Watch for details.
Dr. Luke Hansen has passed the leadership baton
to new co-chairs Drs. Corey Black and
We thank Dr. Hansen for his service to this committee and the
Chapter as a whole; he will remain active on the Governor's
Council. Watch for details related to upcoming events.
April 30 - May 2, 2015 - IM 2015, Centennial Celebration,
April 30, 2015 ACP Illinois Reception at IM 2015, immediately
following Convocation, The Daily Catch, 2 Northern Ave, Boston
May 20 - 21, 2015 - ACP Leadership Day
October 21, 2015 - Residents' and Medical Students Day, UIC
November 13 -14, 2015 - Illinois Chapter Meeting, SEP Modules,
and Residency Program Reunion Gala, University Club of Chicago