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We Request Your Feedback on the Proposed Fall 2022 Board of Governors Resolutions

(August 2022) We would like to request your feedback regarding resolutions that will be considered at the Fall 2022 Board of Governors Meeting. The resolutions have been posted on ACP Online for your review and cover an array of topics such as supporting paid sick leave for U.S. workers, covering insulin pumps under CMS Part B for insulin dependent diabetics, and integrating a health equity framework into methods for developing ACP clinical guidelines.

After considering the intent of each resolution and how it fits with the College’s Mission and Goals, please provide your feedback on each resolution and indicate your support or opposition by completing the electronic response form by August 31. Your input will be used as part of testimony on behalf of the chapter.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to provide comments regarding these resolutions. By providing your feedback on the Board of Governors resolutions, you have helped to shape College policy that impacts the practice of internal medicine. Please visit the chapter’s Web site after the Fall 2022 Board of Governors meeting for updates.

Sincerely,
Anne Schultz, MD, FACP
Vidya Sundareshan, MD, FACP


Applications Now Open to Apply for the Million Hearts® 2022 Hypertension Control Challenge

(August 2022) The Million Hearts® 2022 initiative is now accepting applications for the Hypertension Control Challenge and encourages ACP members to apply. ACP is a partner in the Million Hearts Campaign, a national initiative that aims to prevent a million heart attacks and strokes by reducing hypertension and implementing evidence-based strategies to improve cardiovascular health. 

The Hypertension Control Challenge identifies and spotlights health care professionals, practices, both solo and group, and health care systems that have achieved nationally laudable hypertension control rates. Applicants that have achieved hypertension control rates of at least 80% over a 12 month period are eligible to enter for possible recognition as a Champion. To learn more about the rules and eligibility requirements to become a 2022 Million Hearts ® Hypertension Control Challenge Champion, please visit https://millionhearts.hhs.gov/partners-progress/champions/rules.html. All prospective Champions are required to complete the application form https://hypertension.millionhearts.hhs.gov/.

The submission deadline is September 7, 2022.


New Advocacy Resources Available to ACP Members and Chapters

(August 2022) We would like to make you aware of two new advocacy resources available to ACP members and chapters.

Understanding Advocacy and Why We Do It - A Comprehensive Toolkit for Chapters

ACP has created an advocacy best practices toolkit to support engagement in and the efficacy of chapter-level advocacy at the state and federal level. This comprehensive toolkit breaks down the different methods and mediums for advocacy engagement and highlights all the programs and resources offered by ACP to make the most of chapters’ advocacy efforts. This toolkit is only accessible to ACP members. 

Reproductive Health Toolkit Now Updated

ACP's toolkit for chapters to utilize in navigating issues surrounding abortion rights and related policies in their states following the overturning of Roe v. Wade has been updated. The toolkit now includes sample letters that chapters can use to advocate with state officials and information on recent federal activity. 

For questions regarding these toolkits, please submit all requests through this questionnaire to ensure we can track inquiries and respond in the most timely and efficient manner." 

Are you a member of the Advocates for Internal Medicine Network (AIMn)? Learn more here


Congratulations New Illinois Chapter Fellows

Illinois Northern

  • Shahnaz Azad, MD, FACP
  • Peter J. Bell, MD, FACP
  • Celine Goetz, MD, FACP
  • Girija K. Kumar, MD, FACP
  • Shannon K. Martin, MD, FACP
  • Minhaj Musa, MBBS, FACP
  • Sumitha V. Panicker, MD, MBBS, FACP
  • Charles L. Rhee, MD, FACP
  • Jeremy Smiley, MD, FACP
  • David Alan Vermylen, MD, FACP
  • Asha Nair Vijayakumar, MD, FACP

Illinois Southern

  • Shirin Majdizadeh, MD, FACP
  • Praveen Sudhindra, MBBS, FACP

(July 2022) Congratulations to the Illinois Chapter's newest Fellows. Fellowship in the College is an honor. Being an FACP® is a distinction earned from colleagues who recognize your accomplishments and achievements over and above the practice of medicine. The most important considerations for ACP Fellowship are excellence and contributions made to both medicine and to the broader community in which the internist lives and practices.


BOR Action on Spring '22 BOG Resolutions

(June 2022) A summary of Board of Regents (BOR) actions on resolutions debated at the Spring 2022 Board of Governors (BOG) meeting is now available. Resolutions initiated by ACP members and endorsed by a chapter council and the BOG become ACP policy when adopted by the BOR.

If you have an idea you'd like to suggest to ACP, consider submitting a resolution to our chapter.


Do you know an Illinois Downstate ACP member deserving of recognition?

The ACP Illinois Awards Committee would like your help identifying members for the following awards in 2022:

ACP IL Laureate Award
Honors those Fellows and Masters of the American College of Physicians who have demonstrated by their example and conduct an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education, or research, and in service to their community, their Chapter, and the American College of Physicians.

ACP IL Outstanding Women Physician
Honors an outstanding woman physician IL ACP Member with a distinguished career in areas of exceptional patient care, medical education and/or research.

Outstanding Early Career Physician Award
Honors an IL ACP Early Career Physician (16 years within graduation of medical school) who demonstrates leadership and excellence in the field of internal medicine.

Teaching and Mentorship Award
Honors a IL ACP member in good standing who exemplifies commitment to and involvement in the mentoring of young faculty/fellows/residents/students while enhancing their career development through advising, counseling, and serving as a professional role model.

Volunteerism and Community Service Award
Honors a IL ACP member who demonstrates a significant and sustained commitment to the service of others at a local, state, national, or international level. This award is bestowed upon an ACP Medical Student Member, Resident, Member, Fellow, or Master who has initiated or has been involved in volunteer programs or has provided volunteer service post-training. The service must have been performed on a completely voluntary basis and not for the completion of training or position requirements. Volunteer work must have been done as a physician or medical trainee and be medically related.

Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a IL member who has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to internal medicine. The award is a mark of honor and recognition for achievement of a senior physician who has been a faithful member of the chapter and who has made major contributions to medicine in internal medicine in the State of Illinois.

To nominate please send a short nomination letter for presentation to the IL Awards Committee. Please send nominations to Colleen Keeku by August 12th, 2022. Awards will be announced in fall 2022 and an award ceremony will take place in winter 2022/23. 


Let's Celebrate our Local National Abstract Competition Winners

(May 2022) The Illinois Chapter would like to congratulate the following chapter members on their accomplishments at the 2022 Internal Medicine Meeting National Abstract Competition.

Resident Fellow Poster Winners
Nailfold Capillaroscopy in Diabetes Mellitus: A case of Neoangiogenesis After Achieving Normoglycemia.

Genessis Maldonado, MD  

Resident Fellow Poster Winners
Comparison of Resident-Led Internal Medicine Morning Report Learning Objectives with American Board of Internal Medicine Learning Objectives

Ashish Gandhi, MD  

Resident/Fellow Abstract Competition Winner - Clinical Vignette 
Unusual Esophageal Findings in Lupus

Abu Abbasi, MD 

View the complete list of podium presenters and poster winners at Internal Medicine Meeting 2022.


Congratulations New Illinois Chapter Fellows

Illinois Northern 

  • Ayham Alagha, MD, FACP
  • Tatvam T. Choksi, MD, FACP
  • Edward Daniel Gometz, MD, FACP
  • Paula Marfia, MD, FACP
  • Frederique St-Pierre, MD, FACP
  • Patrick J. Towne, MD, FACP

Illinois Southern 

  • Krati Chauhan, MD, FACP

(March 2022) Congratulations to the Illinois Chapter's newest Fellows. Fellowship in the College is an honor. Being an FACP® is a distinction earned from colleagues who recognize your accomplishments and achievements over and above the practice of medicine. The most important considerations for ACP Fellowship are excellence and contributions made to both medicine and to the broader community in which the internist lives and practices.


Potential ACP Governor-Elect Candidates - Illinois Northern

Nominations Due by April 14, 2022

(March 2022) As you know, the ACP national office is conducting a Governor-Elect election for our chapter this year. The Local Nominations Committees will be responsible for identifying up to two candidates who are willing and able to serve a four-year term (April 2024 - April 2028), in addition to a year of training as Governor-elect (April 2023 - April 2024).

We are looking for a dynamic leader who exhibits integrity, shows commitment to the College and demonstrates dedication to the Chapter and the medical community. The successful candidate will work with Chapter members and with leaders in internal medicine at the national level. A Governor typically spends several hours per week on College Business with the support of executive administrative staff. Serving as an ACP Governor can be an extremely rewarding and life changing experience. 

Click here to view the Governor Job Responsibilities.

Only ACP MACPs and FACPs are eligible for consideration. If you would like to submit the name of a colleague or self-nominate, contact Chapter Staff. 

All potential candidate information must be submitted by Wednesday April 14, 2022. 


ACP Illinois 2021 Award Ceremony

Award Ceremony Video

Winners
Illinois Northern

Laureate: Suja Mathew, MD, FACP
Early Career Physician: Angela Bell, MD, FACP
Women Physician of the Year: Susan Bleasdale, MD, FACP

Residents of the Year:
Elena Claudia Baltag
Nayha Tahir
Diana Franco
Yara Shams

Winners
Illinois Southern

Laureate: Manajyoti Yadav, MD, FACP
Early Career Physician Award: Martha L Hlafka, MD, FACP
Women Physician of the Year: Christine Y Todd, MD, FACP
Teaching and Mentorship Award: Gary M Rull, MD, FACP
Physician Hero Award: Vidya Sundareshan, MD, FACP


Congratulations New Illinois Chapter Fellows

Illinois Northern 

  • Brigid M Dolan, MD, FACP
  • Mita Goel, MD, FACP
  • Brent M Nathan, MD, FACP

(February 2022) Congratulations to the Illinois Chapter's newest Fellows. Fellowship in the College is an honor. Being an FACP® is a distinction earned from colleagues who recognize your accomplishments and achievements over and above the practice of medicine. The most important considerations for ACP Fellowship are excellence and contributions made to both medicine and to the broader community in which the internist lives and practices.


Support our Local Speakers at Internal Medicine 2022

Join ACP and your colleagues as we reconvene to meet our personal and professional goals. World-renowned faculty will present important topics and the latest evidenced-based clinical and practice information that invite you to discover new ways to improve your own techniques and patient care. Internal Medicine Meeting 2022 will also introduce a refreshed schedule and two plenary gatherings featuring must-see speakers.

We wanted to take a moment to shine a spotlight on this year’s Illinois Chapter Members who are serving as faculty:

Illinois Northern

  • Vineet Arora, MD, MACP - Closing the Compensation Gap - Friday, April 29
  • Vineet Arora, MD, MACP - Update in Hospital Medicine - Friday, April 29
  • Molly Beestrum, MLIS - Navigating Medical Literature - Friday, April 29
  • C. Emi Bretschneider, MD - Clinical Triad: What's Hot in Sexual Health, Pelvic Floor Disorders, and Contraception? - Friday, April 29
  • Susan Corbridge, PhD - Best Practices in Ambulatory Interprofessional Collaboration - Thursday, April 28
  • Justin Fiala, MD - Multiple Small Feedings of the Mind: Pulmonology, Hepatology, and Infectious Diseases - Saturday, April 30
  • Bruce Doblin, MD - Unique Care of Houseless Patients - Saturday, April 30
  • Christine Erickson, MD - A Brief Military History: The Key to Good Health Care for Veterans in Your Practice - Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30
  • Meenakshi Jolly, MD, MS - Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: Don't Be Rash in Making a Diagnosis - Friday, April 29
  • Michelle Josephson, MD - Primary Care for the Renal Transplant Recipient - Thursday, April 28
  • Ali Khan, MD, FACP - Building Teams and Leaders in Health Care - Thursday, April 28
  • Sadiya Khan, MD - Multiple Small Feedings of the Mind: Cardiology, COVID-19, and Geriatrics/Dementia - Friday, April 29
  • Neda Laiteerapong, MD, FACP - Evidence-Based Treatment of Depression for Non-Psychiatrists - Thursday, April 28
  • Christina Lewicky-Gaupp, MD - Clinical Triad: What's Hot in Sexual Health, Pelvic Floor Disorders, and Contraception? - Friday, April 29
  • Suja Mathew, MD, FACP - Food Insecurity and Its Impact on Health - Thursday, April 28
  • Rochella Ostrowski, MD and Rodney Tehrani, MD - Update in Rheumatology - Friday, April 29
  • Elisabeth Poorman, MD, MPH - Increasing Patient Engagement and Improving Outcomes: Join Forces With Patients to Promote Physician Well-Being - Friday, April 29
  • Robert Smith, MD, MACP - Evidence-Based Treatment of Depression for Non-Psychiatrists - Thursday, April 28
  • Robert Smith, MD, MACP - Reclaiming Meaning and Reducing Burnout by Making Empathic Connections - Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30
  • Rodney Tehrani, MD - Update in Rheumatology - Friday, April 29
  • Kristi Tough Desapri, MD - A Complete Contraceptive Toolkit: Cases and Demos - Thursday, April 28
  • Kristi Tough Desapri, MD - Osteoporosis Management: Clinician and Patient Perspectives - Friday, April 29
  • Quentin Youmans, MD - The DEI Shift Podcast: Launching a Successful DEI Initiative - Thursday, April 28

Illinois Southern

  • John Flack, MD, MACP, MPH and Susan Hingle, MD, MACP - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as the Secret to Successful Teams - Friday, April 29
  • Susan Hingle, MD, MACP - Creating Professional Fulfillment - Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30
  • Susan Hingle, MD, MACP - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as the Secret to Successful Teams - Friday, April 29 
  • James Kumar, MD, MS, FACP - Mastering the Match for International Students - Saturday, April 30
  • Vidya Sundareshan, MD, FACP - Practical Approaches to Increasing Immunization Rates - Thursday, April 28
  • Christine Todd, MD, FACP - Professional Well-Being Interventions at the Leadership Level: Finding Your Voice and Making the Case - Thursday, April 28

    • Project Firstline

      ACP Illinois is partnering with the CDC’s new infection control training collaborative Project Firstline. Project Firstline is designed to help every frontline healthcare worker gain knowledge and confidence in infection control principles and protocols to protect themselves, their facility, their family, and their community.


      Illinois Southern Chapter 2021 Poster Winners

      We are excited to announce our winners for the poster competition this year:

      First Place Resident Clinical Vignette-Representing ACP ILS at IM 2022
      Shruti Agarwal, Carle

      Carotid Myxoma Unexplained by TEE or CMRI

      First Place Resident Research-Representing ACP ILS at IM 2022
      Abuzar Asif, UICOMP

      Does BMI Influence the Severity of Clostridium difficile Infection? - A Retrospective Analysis

      Second Place Resident Clinical Vignette
      Motaz Abas, UICOMP

      An intersection between May-Thurner Syndrome and COVID-19 vaccine

      Third Place Resident Clinical Vignette-Tie
      Rose Chisenga, UICOMP

      Lung Cancer with Skin Metastases

      Third Place Resident Clinical Vignette-Tie
      Syeda Nida, SIU

      Efficacy of COVID vaccine in a CNS vasculitis patient on cyclophosphamide

      First Place Medical Student-Representing ACP ILS at IM 2022
      Hanna Erickson, UIUC

      Identifying patient needs at a free clinic during the COVID-19 pandemic using an interprofessional Case Management team

      Second Place Medical Student-Tie
      Collin O'Bryan, UICOMP

      Association of adherence to CPAP therapy on mortality and lung function in patients with sleep apnea and interstitial lung disease

      Second Place Medical Student-Tie
      Matt Turner, SIU

      A Rash by Any Other Name

      Third Place Medical Student
      Anila Mehta, Carle

      A Case of Organizing Fibrinous Pneumonia Develops into Necrotizing Pneumonia


      BOR Action on Fall '21 BOG Resolutions

      (December 2021) A summary of Board of Regents (BOR) actions on resolutions debated at the Fall 2021 Board of Governors (BOG) virtual meeting is now available. Resolutions initiated by ACP members and endorsed by a chapter council and the BOG become ACP policy when adopted by the BOR.

      If you have an idea you'd like to suggest to ACP, consider submitting a resolution to our chapter.


      Congratulations New Illinois Chapter Fellows

      Illinois Northern

      • Cristina I. Anez De Gomez, MD, FACP
      • Ahmed Sabry Hassan, MD, FACP
      • Emily Jones, MD FACP
      • Lindsay M. McCullough, MD, FACP
      • Sandra Naaman, MD, FACP
      • Andrew Schleuning, DO, FACP
      • Nigist A. Taddese, MBChB, FACP
      • Chang Yang, MD, FACP

      Illinois Southern

      • Brian C. Bamberger, MD, FACP
      • Thomas Joseph, MBBS MD, FACP
      • Annia M. Martial, MD FACP
      • Bryan Charles McConomy, MD, FACP
      • Venu M. Rangu, MD FACP
      • Muhammad Nauman Javed Tarar, MBBS, FACP

      (December 2021) Congratulations to the Illinois Chapter's newest Fellows. Fellowship in the College is an honor. Being an FACP® is a distinction earned from colleagues who recognize your accomplishments and achievements over and above the practice of medicine. The most important considerations for ACP Fellowship are excellence and contributions made to both medicine and to the broader community in which the internist lives and practices.


      Congratulations to Dr. Jokela and Dr. Neilson on their masterships

      Congratulations to Eric G. Neilson, MD, MACP, Chicago, Illinois and Janet A. Jokela, MD, MACP, Urbana, Illinois, the newest Mastership awardees of the American College of Physicians (MACP) for the Illinois chapter. MACP is one of the most prestigious awards in the college, for those fellows of the college who demonstrate integrity, the utmost professional behaviors, excellence in the practice of medicine, and significant impact on the profession. MACPs represent a very small percentage of college membership. Join me in congratulating them on this tremendous accomplishment.

      Nominations Open for WIM & DEI Chapter Committee Positions

      The American College of Physicians Illinois Northern Chapter is seeking a diverse pool of applicants to apply for the positions of Women in Medicine and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Co-Chairs. 

      Dr. Christiana Shoushtari (WIM) and Dr. Josune Iglesias (DEI) are our current chairs, and they are looking forward to working with dedicated individuals interested in furthering ACP's work! 

      See Who We Are Here and Where We Stand Here

      Please send a short nomination letter (under 300 words) and your CV to Colleen Keeku, ACP IL Executive Director. The deadline for applications is November 1st!