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Indiana Governor's Newsletter February 2019

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Bradley L. Allen, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Bradley L. Allen, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Bradley M. Sutter elected as Indiana Chapter Governor-Elect Designee


Bradley M. Sutter, MD, FACP

Congratulations to Bradley M. Sutter, MD, FACP, on his election this fall as your Indiana Governor-elect designee! We had two outstanding candidates to choose from and congratulate Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD, FACP for answering the call to leadership in this election. We are fortunate to have Dr. Rohr-Kirchgraber's strong advocacy for our ACP Women In Medicine group and in her leadership role within the American Women's Medical Association. Join me in thanking Dr. Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber.

Dr. Sutter will spend the upcoming year, following the April Board of Governor's meeting, as the Governor-elect for the Indiana Chapter in parallel to my final year as your Governor. I look forward to Dr. Sutter's partnership in leading our Indiana Chapter to a higher level of greatness across all levels of membership and throughout all portions of the state of Indiana. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Sutter.



November – 2018 Indiana Chapter Meeting Review

This year's Indiana Chapter Meeting was held November 15th – 17th at the Renaissance North Hotel in Carmel. This was our fourth year at the facility, which again served as an excellent host for our statewide event.

The meeting featured a wide array of excellent speakers and topics for our membership at all levels and our attendance featured members from across Indiana.

A huge thanks to our Program Chairs, Kapil Mehta, MD, FACP, and Amna Anees, MD. Thanks also goes to our Program Committee of Brandon Dickey, Heidi Lakanen, Marla Current, Randy Lee, Matt Neal, and Michael Sha.

The Chapter Reception involved excellent opportunities to socialize with other members and trainees from around the state, while background music on the hurdy-gurdy was provided by Chris Burrus.

This year had 28 abstracts selected for presentation. Congratulations to those trainees who were chosen to present posters, which included: Jennifer Mundell, Hao Yang, Gloria Ong, Rina Yadav, Bilal Anouti, Ishan Gohil, Cynthia Wei, James Adlam, Nicole Sbircea, James Adlam, Rituparna Medda, Katherine Axon, Drew Hundley, James Adlam, Amna Anees, Shradda Jatwani, Kathryn Snyder, Shradda Jatwani, Yingkei Hui, Andrew Peseski, Evan Wenig, Russell Purpura, Michelle Solik, Whitney Fraiz, Amy Munchhof, Amjed Zidan, and Brent Bagley


First place winner in the Clinical Vignette category was Ishan Gohil, with the poster “Multaq and the Mysterious Effusions: A Case of Drug-Induced Lupus Secondary to Dronedarone.”


Second place in the Clinical Vignette category went to Cynthia Wei for her poster “Secondary Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) in the setting of Acute West Nile Virus”. Third place in the Clinical Vignette category went to Rina Yadav for the poster “Guillain-Barré Syndrome following Shingrix® vaccine administration: a case report.”

First place winner in the Quality Improvement category was Gloria Ong with her poster “Improving Diabetes Standards of Care and Documentation in a Resident Clinic: A Quality Improvement Project.”


First place in the Early Career Physician category went to Jennifer Mundell, for the poster “Too Much of a Good Thing: Interesting Case of Vitamin C toxicity.”


Second place in the Early Career Physician category went to Amy Munchhof for her poster “Hospitalist and Primary Care Preferences for Communication at Patient Discharge?” The third-place winner in the Early Career Physician category was Michelle Solik, who presenter the poster “My Cat Scratched Me! CSD in an Immunocompetent Adult.”


Thanks to our poster competition judges!

Friday's schedule included excellent talks covering opioid use/chronic pain management, ambulatory and hospital-based medicine updates, sepsis, endocrinology, dermatology, radiology for the internist, hypertension, cardiology, musculoskeletal exam skills, documentation, and osteoporosis. Physician well-being was covered by our Chapter Wellness Champion, Dr. Michelle Solich, while Dr. Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds spoke on death & dying in African-American populations. Dr. Davoran Chick, ACP Senior Vice President for Medical Education, delivered a talk about nurturing “Caring with Compassion” in the busy ambulatory setting.

At the Awards Presentation at noon, Randy Lee, MD FACP was recognized with the ACP Laureate award for his years of commitment and service to the practice of internal medicine and service to the Indiana ACP Chapter. Randy was introduced by Glen Bingle, MD, MACP.

Donna Seawards, recently retired Chapter Executive for the Indiana Chapter, was recognized for her excellent service with the Indiana Chapter's Governors award for her efforts to assist the growth and activity of our chapter during her tenure under Governors Sha, Neal, and Allen.


Click here to view handouts from the presentations.

The Friday meeting concluded with the Governor's presentation of the annual business and town hall meeting, and Dr. Dickey's update on ACP Services.

Saturday consisted of two ABIM Self-Assessment modules. The first was the Update in Internal Medicine module presented by Drs. Stephen Knaus, and Randy Lee. Next up was the Update in Hospital Medicine module presented by Drs. Maryam Massoumi, Areeba Kara, and Naasha Gheyara.

A workshop on Bedside Ultrasonography for the Internist ran concurrently on Saturday morning, with a great attendance and interest level from trainees and practitioners alike. The session was chaired by Dr. Emily Cochard.

New this year was High Speed Handoffs!, a session geared toward our Early Career Physicians, Residents and Student members in which pertinent topics in career and practice management topics were covered in discussions with expert panels from within our chapter. Great dialogue ensued and we thank all those who contributed.

The annual Doctors' Dilemma competition (medical jeopardy), between resident teams from IU School of Medicine (the reigning National Champions), St. Vincent, and IU Health Ball Memorial, competed for the traveling trophy. After a spirited competition, IU Health Ball Memorial prevailed! Congratulations on this impressive victory.


IU Health Ball Memorial's team will represent Indiana in the National Doctor's Dilemma Competition at the National Meeting in Philadelphia! Good luck and represent Indiana well!

Thanks to all who attended the meeting this year and gave us feedback regarding topics you would like to see at future Chapter Meetings! We look to make next year's meeting bigger and better than ever.



MKSAP Online Study Hall Webinar Series

The ACP Illinois Chapter has invited our members to their MKSAP Live Online Study Hall. This is an opportunity to prepare for recertification in a weekly casual, collegial, online setting. Participation is free for ACP members, but you must own MKSAP 18.

Click here to register.

Tune in Tuesday nights at 9:00 p.m. EST!



Proud to be IM! Save-the-date Feb 23rd 

Share your experiences with residents/students

The ACP Indiana Resident Council is hosting a Proud to be IM Event on February 23rd, 2019 at Smash Social in Indianapolis from 6-10PM.

As part of the event, we are looking for physicians who are Proud to be Internal Medicine Docs and would be willing to share their experiences. Your audience will include residents and medical students. There will be ‘Speed Networking’ Session at different tables representing the various tracks one can take within Internal Medicine. The tracks we hope to represent include: Clinical Educators, Primary Care, Hospitalist (academic, community, etc), Public Health, and Research (basic, clinical, or translational). If you are a physician who would be interested in sharing your experiences in your specific track within Internal Medicine, our residents and students would be happy to hear from you!

Email for more information and please note that you we would love to see you if even for only part of the evening event.



Indiana Chapter Meeting 2019

Save the date for the 2019 Meeting on November 21-23rd, 2019.



Save the Date – Internal Medicine 2019 in Philadelphia

The most comprehensive meeting in Internal Medicine is taking place April 11 – 13, 2019. Come to the meeting early and take advantage of ACP pre-courses for focused, intense learning on a variety of internal medicine subjects.

Click here for more information about IM19.



ACP Position paper on Firearm Safety – an update and invitation to join ACP and the Physician Movement #ThisIsOurLane Responding to National Rifle Association over Policies – And potential implications for Indiana

ACP's updated position paper on reducing firearm-related injury and deaths in the U.S., published in Annals of Internal Medicine in late November 2018 has received major national attention and sparked the physician movement #ThisIsOurLane on social media.

On Nov. 7, the National Rifle Association (NRA) tweeted a link to an article on their website opposing ACP's recently updated policy on firearms safety, telling physicians, “Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane.” ACP and Annals immediately responded directly to the NRA's tweet, asserting that physicians engaging in advocacy to reduce injuries and deaths from firearms, like any other public health risk, is precisely in their lane. The College followed up with a comprehensive social and earned media effort to get the message out widely to the public and the profession.

Reaction on Twitter was swift and overwhelmingly in support of ACP's policy, with ACP members and other physicians and healthcare professionals declaring, “This IS my lane.” The hashtag #ThisIsOurLane is being used to tag tweets where physicians call attention to the impact of firearms violence on their patients. The ensuing viral ‘twitterstorm’ has resulted in nearly 1,000 additional physicians signing a pledge on the Annals of Internal Medicine website, formally committing to talking to their patients about guns whenever risk factors are present.

The fact that ACP's firearm safety position policy has created so much dialogue on this subject may be important for activities and communications in April of 2019, when the NRA annual meeting is held in Indianapolis April 25-28th. Indiana Chapter is in discussion with ACP National on talking points and responses to have ready for questions that may arise from the media around that time. Please contact Indiana Chapter if any questions or concerns arise.

ACP Call - Make Your Voice Heard

Make your voice heard, and help us continue to raise visibility around this issue. Encourage other ACP members and physician colleagues to join the conversation on social media using #ThisIsOurLane, and tag @ACPinternists and @AnnalsofIM, and sign the pledge on the Annals of Internal Medicine website, formally committing to talking to their patients about guns whenever risk factors are present.



Chapter Committee Opportunities


Our Chapter is looking for energetic members for our Membership Committee! We welcome internists of all ages, specialties, and regions within the chapter. Participating in the committee is a great way to serve our chapter and help build our local internal medicine community while gaining leadership experience. The Membership Committee promotes and advances the continuing growth and diversity of all classes of our chapter membership through chapter recruitment and retention initiatives to improve member satisfaction, improve diversity, and ultimately increase the chapter membership (Special groups include women, ethnic minority physicians and international medical graduates). We particularly want to attract members from all parts of the state for this committee to help us recognize the needs of internists in all Indiana locations. Recall that just over 30% of the 4400 internists in Indiana are ACP members! The committee will work with the Governor and Chapter Council using local and national resources.

Health and Public Policy:

The Health and Public Policy Committee is ideal for those members who want to get more involved in advocacy on policy issues affecting the health care of the American public and the practice of internal medicine, particularly in Indiana. Members will work with national policy staff to review and respond to position papers and statements. They will identify local issues that affect the members in Indiana and develop a legislative agenda and course of action, often working with ISMA or other professional organizations to do so. This committee also develops mechanisms to alert the local membership and solicit input regarding critical policy issues. Members of this committee may be considered for participation in national Leadership Day held in Washington, DC every spring.

Early Career Physicians:

A Early Career Physician is defined as a doctor who is within 16 years from medical school graduation and is not an ACP Resident/Fellow Member or medical student member. Indiana has recently re-established a Chapter Council of Early Career Physicians. The CECP will foster ECP involvement in activities, and ensure that their unique needs are being met. The Indiana chapter CECP members will develop educational programs that assist Early Career Physicians with their academic and professional needs and help the community recognize their contributions to the profession. We continue to recruit additional members to this committee, chaired by Chrissie Tran, MD, FACP.


An Awards Committee can identify Laureate, community service-volunteerism or other local award candidates and select the recipients(s). This committee can also be responsible for identifying Master candidates and those eligible for the College's national awards. Many chapters ask the past Governor to chair this committee. Both Meghann Williams, Meghann Williams, who staffs the national awards committee, and your Chapter Liaison are available for consultations.

If you are interested in serving on any of these exciting committees, please e-mail me or Colleen Keeku and we will share more details regarding these opportunities and how to apply.



Thank You and Welcome

We once again want to extend our thanks to Donna Seawards, recently retired Executive Director of the ACP Indiana Chapter for her excellent service to our chapter for the last 9 years. Please join me in thanking Donna for her outstanding service to our ACP chapter and our members.

New Executive Director, Indiana Chapter

Colleen Keeku, assumed the position of Executive Director on January 1st, 2019. Colleen has extensive experience in management of ACP chapters and fantastic technology skills in multiple social media platforms and working with the ACP national office, governors, chapter councils, committees, and membership development.

In this newsletter, you read about an innovation that Ms. Keeku helped develop, the MKSAP Live Online Study Hall, using member moderators to deliver valuable content.

Please join me in welcoming Colleen to our Indiana Chapter. Her contact information can be found below.

Indiana Chapter Governor:
Bradley L. Allen, MD, PhD, FACP, FIDSA
Ph: 317-278-7788
Fax: 317-278-8165

Colleen Keeku
Executive Director
Ph: 312-618-5839

Chapter Address:
49 Boone Village, Box 290
Zionsville, IN 46077