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J. Matthew Neal, MD, MBA, CPE, FACE, FACP, ACP Governor
The months of November and December have been full of
opportunities for us to reflect upon what we are thankful for. I
hope that everyone had a wonderful happy holiday and took some time
off to be with friends and family and reflect on the upcoming
And what a year it will be. 2015 is a very special year in that
it marks the 100th anniversary of ACP. Years of planning have gone
into the Centennial celebration, which will take place at the
Annual Meeting in Boston from April 30-May 2.
While we all get frustrated with the trials and tribulations of
modern-day medicine and dealing with our administrative burden, it
behooves us to look back on the last 100 years on the just a small
sampling of the amazing advances in medicine that have occurred
during this time:
The Annals of Internal Medicine looked back on the first 75
years of ACP back in 1990. If you
read this article, you will realize that many of the issues we face
today were problematic back then.
One of my primary interests is leadership development, and I
would encourage those of you interested in these topics to take a
look at the ACP Leadership Academy, which provides early career
internists with the skills and knowledge necessary to become
leaders in medicine.
The program includes formal live and online courses offered in
partnership with the American College of Physician Executives
(ACPE), the nation's largest leadership training organization for
physician leaders. Online courses are offered as self-study or
faculty led and includes topics such as strategic thinking,
financial decision-making, managing physician performance,
marketing, ethics, quality management and more.
All courses are eligible for CME credit through the ACPE. They
were selected to provide episodic leadership training for members
who want to brush up on a specific content area or to earn credits
toward the Certified Physician Executive (CPE), a nationally
recognized leadership certificate from the ACPE. Credits may also
roll into an advanced degree program from selected accredited
universities. ACP members receive a 15% discount on approved
In addition, the ACP Leadership Academy is currently accepting
registrations for a series of FREE (non-CME) webinars on a variety
of leadership topics. Topics currently scheduled include:
January 20, 2015 - Topics in Hospital Medicine: Developing
Effective C-suite Partnerships
March 17, 2015 - Personal Financial Planning for Physicians
May 19, 2015 - Population Health
All webinars start at 6:30 p.m. EDT.
Learn more about the ACP Leadership Academy and register for the
webinars. If you have questions, please email lead.
The ACP Chapter Centennial Legacy Award celebrates ACP's
centennial (1915-2015) by recognizing one seminal chapter member
whose service to the chapter had a significant impact on the
chapter's viability. This individual must exemplify ACP's core
values including leadership, excellence, respect, compassion,
professionalism, and responsibility.
I am happy to announce that the Indiana Chapter Governors'
Council voted to select Dr. Michael Sha as our
recipient. Dr. Sha, our Immediate Past Governor, has had an immense
impact on the ACP Indiana Chapter in all of those areas, especially
the Chapter's financial viability, as our Chapter remains quite
financially strong, and our reserves increased by roughly 40% since
his involvement with the Chapter. Dr. Sha has served the ACP in
many ways since residency, having served on the Board of Regents as
Chair of the Council of Associates and Early Career Physicians. We
thank him for this achievement, and his continued involvement with
ACP and the Indiana Chapter.
Please hold the date for the March 7, 2015 WIM event to
be held at IU Health Saxony Hospital in Fishers from 9-11:30
AM. The speaker will be Dr. Theresa
Rohr-Kirchgraber; her presentation will be entitled
"Eating Disorders: From Binge to Restriction and Everything in
Registration details will follow. Cost will be $20 for members,
$25 for non-members, and free for medical students and
Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital is accredited
by the Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) to sponsor
continuing medical education for physicians. IU Health Ball
Memorial Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of
2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ each. Physicians should claim
only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation
in the activity.
The 2015 Annual Meeting will be held April 30-May 2 in Boston,
with pre-courses on April 28-29. See this Web page for registration
information, and I hope to see you there. Be sure to make your
hotel reservations in plenty of time.
2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the American College of
Physicians. The College is planning a variety of special
Centennial-related events to celebrate the occasion-we invite you
to be a part of the jubilation. See
here for more details.
In recognition of the American College of Physicians' 100th
anniversary, Annals of Internal Medicine is seeking photographs of
internal medicine physicians to feature on each issue of the
journal during 2015, the ACP's centennial year. In choosing from
among submitted photographs, we will seek photos that capture
personality and celebrate the diversity of individuals who devote
their professional lives to the practice of internal medicine.
Readers and others are encouraged to submit photographs of internal
medicine physicians for consideration. In an effort to bring people
to the pages of the Annals of Internal Medicine, the editors began
publishing photographs of people in 1999. Annals published
photographs in a section of the journal called "Personae" from 1999
to 2000, and photographs have appeared on the cover since 2000.
Written permission to publish the photograph from the subject
(or subjects) of the photograph or the subject's guardian or next
of kin must accompany submissions. The subject must understand
that, if selected for publication, the photograph will not only
appear on the cover of the journal but also in digital versions of
the journal and associated publications. Photographs can be
published without the subject's permission only under the following
circumstances: 1) the subject is unidentifiable in the photograph
or 2) the photograph was taken in a public venue, is not
potentially damaging to the subject, and is accompanied by a
written statement from the photographer vouching that the
photograph was taken in a public venue with the subject's consent.
A cover letter ensuring no prior publication of the photograph and
providing permission from the photographer for Annals to publish
the image should accompany all submissions. In addition, the letter
should indicate the name and specialty of the internist depicted
and the photographer's name, academic degrees, institutional
affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address.
Photographers must relinquish copyright to the American College of
Physicians before publication. Pictures from photographers
unwilling to do so will not be considered.
If you would like to submit photos, please email to me or Donna Seawards, Executive
I would like to congratulate Dr. Christopher M.
Callahan for being selected by the Awards Committee for
Mastership in ACP. Dr. Callahan, who is the Yvonne Pettinga
Professor in Aging Research at the Indiana University School of
Medicine, the founding Director of the Indiana University Center
for Aging Research and a Research Scientist in the Regenstrief
Institute, has a long and distinguished career in internal
medicine. One of his numerous accomplishments has been to serve on
the editorial board of Annals of Internal Medicine from
The bar is set high for Mastership in ACP. The criteria for
Mastership requires that candidates have "great personal
character, positions of honor, contributions toward furthering the
purpose of ACP, eminence in practice or medical research, or other
attainments in science or the art of medicine."
Dr. Callahan will be recognized at the 2015 Annual Meeting in
The following members were elected to ACP Fellowship on January
John E. Albrecht, MD, FACP - ClintonAnne Greist, MD, FACP - IndianapolisKapil A. Mehta, MD, FACP - Zionsville
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.
Since 1975, over 35,000 physicians have earned ACP Fellowship, a
mark of distinction representing the pinnacle of integrity,
professionalism, and scholarship for those who aspire to pursue
careers in Internal Medicine.
According to an article published in Annals of Internal
Medicine, physicians are getting a wake-up call about the effects
of mass incarceration from an unexpected place: Sesame Street. A
video is also available on this article.
The authors of "Sesame Street Goes to Jail: Physicians Should
Follow" were inspired by Sesame Street's Little Children, Big
Incarceration initiative. The program features a Muppet named
Alex whose father is in jail and provides an online toolkit to help
caregivers guide children through the challenges associated with
the incarceration of a loved one. This is important, say the
authors of the article, because incarceration plays a role in
health and health disparities for not only the person incarcerated,
but also for their families.
According to the article, a majority of those serving time are
incarcerated due to behaviors attributable to treatable diseases
such as mental illness and addiction. The authors suggest policy
changes that would allow doctors to steer eligible defendants into
treatment programs rather than correctional facilities, when
appropriate. They say that physicians also should be aware of
social issues such as education, housing, race, and poverty because
they can adversely affect health. These same issues also increase
the risk of incarceration.
Currently, more than two million people are incarcerated in the
United States - more than any other country in the world.
ACP's Special Interest Groups provide members with opportunities
to engage in discussions online, share ideas, and support one
another professionally and personally.
Participate by joining as many groups as you would like, then
connect with ACP members from all over the world with similar
interests. Groups include:
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