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The National Meeting took place in Orlando April 10-12, and it
was a great one (and fairly close for our Indiana attendees). It
was wonderful to attend many educational sessions and see many old
colleagues. The weather was great, and I am happy to report that
the Florida sun has regenerated my stores of 25-hydroxyvitamin D3
after months of hibernation in the cold.
One of the pre-conferences was the "Art of Leadership" presented
as a joint venture between ACP and the American College of
Physician Executives (ACPE).
Clearly a "hot topic" at the Board of Governors' (BOG) meeting
was the continued controversy regarding ABIM's Maintenance of
Certification, with many Governors concerned about complaints from
their members regarding the process. While I think we all agreed
that keeping up-to-date with medical knowledge is important, many
argued that the ABIM's implementation is flawed. The ABIM shared a
disturbing statistic: 23% of internists taking MOC exams in 2013
failed, an all-time low. Unless the quality of our practicing
physicians has taken a nosedive, the structure and implementation
of the examination needs to be re-examined; remember, these are
doctors who passed the examination to begin with. Some of the
resolutions approved have the intent of exploring ways to partner
with ABIM to improve this process. MOC, for many, has transformed
from a useful self-learning process to a high-stakes enterprise
with serious consequences for failure. While the ABIM states that
MOC is "voluntary," board certification for the real-life physician
is, in reality, mandatory.
Convocation was on Thursday evening (April 10), and the new
Fellows and Masters of the College were elected. I would encourage
all new Fellows to seriously consider "walking" in Convocation, it
truly is an unforgettable experience for you and your family.
Indiana Chapter Fellows, left to right: Dr. Shilpee
Sinha and Dr. Surendra Shah with
Dr. Michael Sha, Immediate Past Governor, also
went through Convocation as the Chapter's Laureate Award winner
Dr. Jenny Cheng, Indiana University
Dr. Anita Rajagopal, St. Vincent
Dr. Stephanie Martin, St. Vincent
Dr. Todd Rickett, St. Vincent
St. Vincent, the Indiana Chapter Doctors' Dilemma champion,
represented Indiana in the Doctors' Dilemma National Championships
on April 10 and 11. The Indiana team advanced to the second round
but was defeated in the semifinals.
Left to right: Drs. Jennifer Mundell, Luis Nuñez,
The Indiana Chapter reception Friday night at Maggiano's was
excellent, and a number of Chapter members were in attendance.
Photos of the Indiana Chapter Reception on Friday, April 11
Dr. Douglas Rex was awarded Mastership in ACP at Convocation
Dr. Douglas Rex (left) and Dr. Matt
Dr. Robert Lubitz, formerly of the Indiana
Chapter, was also awarded Mastership. Dr. Lubitz now lives in the
Dr. Arnaldo Marin, the Chilean Chapter poster
entrant, poses with Dr. Michael Sha (Immediate
Past Governor) and Dr. Matt Neal (Governor). The
Indiana Chapter has sponsored a member of the Chilean Chapter to
present at the National Meeting for the last several years.
I saw this door in the parking garage of my hotel. It seems that
Fellows of ACP are plentiful in Orlando and ready for duty even in
Our Executive Director, Donna Seawards,
recently was awarded the Certified Association Executive (CAE)
designation from the ASAE (Center for Association Leadership). The
CAE credential is designed to elevate professional standards,
enhance individual performance, and identify association
professionals who demonstrate the knowledge essential to the
practice of association management. Founded in 1960, the CAE
program stands as a mark of excellence and has evolved to reflect
what it takes to manage an association in today's challenging
climate. The CAE program was accredited by the National Commission
for Certifying Agencies in 2010. Successful candidates must have
several years' experience in association management and must
complete a rigorous examination, and Donna is only one of a handful
of ACP Executive Directors to have achieved this milestone.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
IU Health Saxony Hospital
Conference Room B
13000 E. 136th Street, Fishers, IN
Franky Voss, MD
IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital
"What in the World is That? Picture and Treatment Overview of
GYN Pathology" (10:15 AM - 11:00 AM)
"Five Things that Internist Need to Know about Gynecology" (11:15
AM - 12:00 PM)
Lunch and discussion to follow
Registration is free for this event. Please click here to register as we
are providing lunch.
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
1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only
the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in
The Board of Governors (BOG) reviewed the many resolutions
presented at the Orlando meeting and the Board of Regents (BOR)
took the following action:
3-S13. Advocating for Studies that Assess Financial
Collaboration between Long-term Facilities and Hospitals to Reduce
Overall Healthcare Costs and Improve Patient Care
2-S14. Conveying Membership Dissatisfaction with the Maintenance
of Certification (MOC) Process
4-S14. Requiring Education and Training in Team-based Care in
Undergraduate Medical Education
8-S14. Studying the Impact of Underinsurance
10-S14. Updating College Policy on Healthcare Disparities to
Include the Unique Needs of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and
Transgender (LGBT) Community
3-S14. Studying the Feasibility of Implementing Alternative
5-S14. Seeking Collaborative Partnerships to Study the Impact of
Duty Hour Limitations on Resident Performance and Patient
11-S14. Updating ACP Policy on FDA Regulation of Electronic
Nicotine Delivery Devices
6-S14. Supporting Changes in Graduate Medical Education Funding
to Help Address Projected Physician Shortages
The 2014 Indiana Chapter Meeting will be on October 31
and November 1, 2014 (Friday-Saturday) at the Embassy
Suites North, 3912 Vincennes Rd, Indianapolis, IN. Friday will be
the Scientific Meeting, and our Education Committee (headed by our
Program Chair, Dr. Randy Lee) is working on an
excellent slate of presentations. Saturday will be ABIM
Self-Assessment Modules, topics to be announced, along with an
afternoon presentation on ICD-10. As with last year, we will have a
reception on Thursday evening, October 30, with poster judging to
Our Indiana Delegation will be traveling to Washington,
DC May 21-22 to talk with members of Congress and their
staff about various issues. As always, SGR, ICD-10, Medicare
reimbursement, and graduate medical education financing are hot
issues. I will return with a full report in next month's
newsletter. Thanks to our Resident/Fellow Member Chair, Dr.
Jeff Glant, for organizing the meetings.