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Indiana Governor's Newsletter August 2020

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Bradley M. Sutter, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Bradley M. Sutter, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


ACP Governor's Message

Greetings to all ACP friends and colleagues! My second official Governor's Message finds us still mired in the midst of the ongoing COVID19 pandemic; however, thanks to the combined efforts of our frontline Internal Medicine physicians and subspecialists, and with ACP National guidance, our collective ability to combat the virus has grown substantially since my April comments. We now know how to prevent viral spread much more effectively and simply (wear a mask, use social distancing, stay home when one is ill), and how to treat the virus when it causes severe illness (remdesivir, dexamethasone, prone ventilation, and avoiding intubation if possible); thus making it possible to better manage our overall response in terms of medical professional and PPE resources, as well as improved patient outcomes. We also have excellent, readily-available tools provided by the ACP to help preserve our well-being during these very difficult, emotionally and physically demanding times.

In keeping with an optimistic theme to this message, the Chapter Council and I are pleased to confirm that we will be holding a virtual annual Chapter meeting, keeping the original date of Friday, October 30 th. The session will be designed to meet the needs of the membership, including 4 superb CME sessions to be held in the morning, as well as time devoted to live interactions with speakers. The Indiana Chapter will also continue our proud tradition of hosting a dedicated Resident & Medical Student Day – including poster session presentations – on Thursday, October 29 th; this meeting will likewise be virtual. Best of all, the content-rich, focused CME sessions will be FREE to all registrants, including non-ACP members, in order to recognize the contributions of all members of our IM community to respond to the challenges of the pandemic.

We also want to continue to emphasize the commitment of both our Indiana Chapter, and ACP National, to the Black Lives Matter movement. I also want to reinforce our dedication to the cause of equity, diversity, and inclusion in the conduct of all of our professional activities, and in our daily lives, in order to combat the endemic racism and disparities in access to healthcare that still plague our state, and our country. We are very proud of Dr. Crystal Azu, ACP Indiana Chapter Resident Council Member, who was one of the leaders and co-organizers of the “White Coats for Black Lives” march on the IU Medical Center Campus in Downtown Indianapolis in June. Dr. Azu noted that systemic racism and police brutality must be addressed, since they adversely affect the health and wellbeing of all people of color. She also spoke powerfully about the effects of racism in causing disparities in healthcare access for people of color, and of the need for the IU School of Medicine to be an active part of the change process.

Lastly, and importantly, I want to take a moment to salute our 2020 ACP Indiana Chapter Award winners. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Bradley Weinberg, who was given the Alex Djuricich Distinguished Teacher and Mentor Award, in recognition of his many years of outstanding educational and mentoring contributions to medical students, housestaff, patients, and professional colleagues. Sadly, Dr. Weinberg passed away prior to our Chapter Awards ceremony planned for this Fall, but we were pleased to announce this much-deserved recognition to Dr. Weinberg, his family, and friends immediately prior to his passing. I also want to acknowledge Dr. Rosemarie Jefferey, who was recognized with the 2020 Women Physician of the Year award for her many contributions to the chapter and our profession in her practice of Rheumatology. Finally, we want to salute Dr. Curtis Wright, who received the Indiana Chapter 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award for his myriad contributions to the medical education and mentorship of medical students, residents, and professional colleagues. My sincere congratulations to each of these highly-deserving and accomplished Indiana Chapter ACP members and fellows.



2020 Virtual ACP Fellowship Program Director Panel

This is an excellent opportunity to bring your questions regarding fellowship applications and interviews to the program directors of the most competitive fields of medicine including: Cardiology, Pulmonology & Critical Care, Gastroenterology, Infectious Disease, and many others.

Wednesday, August 12th @ 6:30PM

Let your fellow residents know about this great opportunity to speak to the PDs from the most competitive fields!

Register for the webinar HERE.

Send Questions HERE



In-Person Meeting Transitions to Online Competitions

During this time of the year ACP Indiana begins registration for our annual fall meetings. Given this year's reality with the COVID-19 pandemic, the regional meeting planning committee seeks to protect the health of attendees and presenters above everything else. With this in mind, we have decided to transition the Resident and Medical Student Competitions to Virtual Settings, and the Doctor's Dilemma has been canceled.


Competitors need to submit only their abstract for pre-judging by Aug. 23rd. If selected to take part in the competition more information will be provided for the October 29th Virtual Presentations.

Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 11:59pm

Friday, September 11, 2020 at 11:59pm

*Programs do not need to have the name of a presenter at this time, but they do need to confirm the programs participation. Programs may submit 2 presenters.



PPE Supply and COVID-19 Testing Expansion Survey

The Indiana State Department of Health needs our help to gather more information about the status of the PPE supply and COVID-19 testing expansion. ISMA put together a survey available at the following link. Several of you have offered to share the survey with your members and we hope others are willing to do the same. 

Here is the link



Addressing and Supporting Physician Mental Health During Challenging Times Webinar Available

Presented in partnership with the ACP Well-being and Professional Fulfillment Program, this webinar will describe psychological and behavioral responses to crisis events as well as discuss a follow up framework for individual, peer, and organizational interventions that promote healthcare worker well-being and sustainment. Speakers Kerri Palamara, MD, FACP, and Joshua C. Morganstein, MD, will list individual, peer, and team actions that facilitate self-care, connection, and recovery. You can access the recording here



Indiana Controlled Substance Provider Information

Effective December 31, 2020 and pursuant to Senate Enrolled Act 176, the State of Indiana has mandated that ALL prescriptions for a controlled substance be issued through an electronic format and transmission (E-prescribing).

Pursuant to Senate Act 176 and the Patients and Communities Act passed by the federal government in 2018, the State of Indiana through INSPECT is now providing funding to ensure that all practices are in full compliance by the state's statutory deadline of December 31, 2020. Dentists, Physicians, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, Optometrists, Physician Assistants, and Podiatrists in violation of these provisions will be subject to disciplinary action.

In order to facilitate compliance by the deadline, INSPECT is providing funding and comprehensive access to obtain an Electronic Medical Records (EMR) System with E-prescribing capability for practices that do not currently use an EMR. Funding is available for implementation, and practices will be responsible for costs associated with the EMR after implementation is complete.

For immediate assistance, reach out to the Inspect E-Prescribing team through email at



COVID-19, Moving Forward Together Recording

Presented in collaboration with the European Federation of Internal Medicine, this webinar discussed what is needed to globally manage the COVID-19 pandemic, how to come together to find solutions as a worldwide internal medicine community, and how to better prepare for future pandemics. A free recording is available for you to view and share with your colleagues. We hope you enjoy it.



Share your good idea with us. Draft a resolution.

Are you concerned about a practice or clinical issue or have an idea you'd like to suggest? If so, you might consider submitting a resolution to your Governor or chapter council.

Initiating a resolution provides ACP members an opportunity to focus attention at the ACP national level on a particular issue or topic that concerns them. Participating in the Board of Governors resolutions process provides the ACP grassroots member a voice and allows you to shape College policy that impacts the practice of internal medicine. When drafting a resolution, don't forget to consider how well it fits within ACP's Mission and Goals. In addition, be sure to use ACP's Strategy which includes Priority Themes to guide you when proposing a resolution topic.

Not sure how to begin drafting a resolution? Researching the College's position on an issue can give you a start. Visit the ACP Online homepage and click the Advocacy link in the right-hand, top margin to access ACP policy positions, read about recent ACP advocacy activities, or search ACP's library of policies and recommendations. Visit your chapter website, too, and click the link under “Advocacy” to access Electronic Resolutions System (ERS) where you can search past or proposed resolutions. A copy of the resolutions process is available on the ERS which furnishes more details on formatting resolutions, as well the process for submission, review, and approval.

Members must submit resolutions to their Governor and/or chapter council. A resolution becomes a resolution of the chapter once the chapter council approves it. If effecting change interests you, the deadline for submitting new resolutions to be heard at the Spring 2021 Board of Governors Meeting is October 9, 2020.



MKSAP Live Online Study Hall Webinar Series

Re-starting August 18, 2020 with Infectious Disease!

Every Tuesday at 8:00 PM Central Time: Webinar MKSAP Live Online Study Hall