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Indiana Governor's Newsletter February 2020

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Bradley L. Allen, MD, PhD, FACP, FIDSA, ACP Governor

Bradley L. Allen, MD, PhD, FACP, FIDSA, ACP Governor


Transition of Leadership for the Indiana ACP Chapter

As the twilight ebbs on my tenure as your Governor, I wish to thank you all for your support and contributions to making the Indiana Chapter very successful in service to the discipline of internal medicine at a local, state, and national level. I am proud that under the guidance of the Chapter Leadership Council, the Indiana Chapter has grown in membership at all levels and is reaching out in new ways to various groups across the state with programs to address Women-In Medicine, Early Career Physicians, General Internists, and recently Hospitalists. Our pipeline of student and resident members is larger than ever, which bodes well for the future of medicine! These gains have been possible by all of the many members who are engaged and assist in providing programming and attend sessions. We are fortunate to have an outstanding foundation to our Chapter, provided by the continued involvement of past Governors Matt Neal and Michael Sha and the excellent assistance of Colleen Keeku, our Chapter Executive Director.

I am excited and confident in handing over the reigns of the Chapter in April to Bradley M. Sutter, our Indiana Chapter Governor-Elect.


Bradley M. Sutter, MD, FACP

Dr. Sutter has been assisting the leadership of the Chapter during this past year and you should all look forward to Dr. Sutter's leadership for our Indiana Chapter. He has already made an impact in assisting with our Chapter Meeting and has many other bold ideas to continue to address the needs of all members across the state of Indiana. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Sutter and assisting with the orderly transition of power, as intended by our founders.



Breaking News! Better is Possible: ACP's Vision for the U.S. Health Care System

As ACP members, we should all be proud that our organization is being proactive in helping to shape the dialogue on changes to our health care system in the U.S. I urge you to review and comment on the newly released plan at the link below and also to look for opportunities to discuss these ideas with your local, state and national representatives to help make positive changes for our patients and our discipline.



November – 2019 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, Governor-elect Brad Sutter, MD, FACP, and Amna Anees, MD. Thanks also goes to our Program Committee of Heidi Lakanen, Randy Lee, Matt Neal, and Kapil Mehta.

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 29 abstracts selected for presentation from 80 submissions. Congratulations to those trainees who were chosen to present posters.

First place winner in the Clinical Vignette category was Rachel Wester, with the poster “Standing Strong? A Case Report of Treating Severe Refractory Orthostatic Hypotension with Pyridostigmine”

Second place in the Clinical Vignette category went to Rina Yadav for her poster “Dapsone Induced Methemoglobinemia and Hemolytic Anemia in a Single Patient”. Third place in the Clinical Vignette category went to Zachary Fyffe for the poster “Herpes and Hiccups: A Rare Presentation of HSV Encephalitis.”

First place winner in the Quality Improvement category was Evan Wenig with his poster “Is it really worth it? Homocysteine testing in the setting of acute ischemic strokes.”

First place winner in the High Value Care category was Ellen Yos with her poster “Reducing Readmission Rates With Novel Transitional Care Clinic Follow up in Heart Failure Patients.”

First place in the Early Career Physician category went to Warren Gavin, for the poster “Is your patient in SHAPE for discharge?”

Second place in the Early Career Physician category went to Yingkei Hui for her poster “A Call to Improve Improvement Conference.” The third-place winner in the Early Career Physician category was Khawaja Omar, who presented the poster “Renal Limited ANCA Vasculitis in Patient with prior Non Hodgkin lymphoma.”


Thanks to our poster competition judges! (Drs. Muniza Masleh, Amna Anees, Aqsa Mahmood, Heidi Lakanen, Ahdy Helmy, Sam Singh, Stephanie Martin, and Jennifer Mundell).

Friday's schedule included excellent talks covering Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder, Update on Digestive Diseases 2019, Telehealth, HIV PrEP, Endocrinology Update, Insomnia” Medication and Treatment, Management of CHF, What's Hot in Vaccines, Management of Thrombosis and DOACs, and the 8 Most Influential Articles in IM. Physician well-being was covered by our Chapter Wellness Champion, Dr. Michelle Solich with “Prioritizing Well-being in Your Practice.” Bob Doherty, Senior Vice President for Governmental Affairs and Public Policy, delivered a talk on legislation advocacy “Want to Be in the Room Where It Happens? It Starts With Standing for Something.”


Full details of the wonderful talks and speakers can be found here.

At the Awards Presentation at noon, Heidi Lakanen, MD FACP was recognized with the ACP Laureate award for her years of commitment and service to the practice of internal medicine and service to the Indiana ACP Chapter. Heidi has been instrumental in the growth and activity level of the Women In Medicine group around the state. Heidi was introduced by her former trainee, Elizabeth Roth, MD, FACP.


J. Matthew Neal, MD, MBA, FACE, was also recognized for his impending Mastership in the ACP which will be bestowed at the Convocation ceremony at the 2020 Internal Medicine Meeting in Los Angeles, California. As noted in our fall newsletter, Matt reflects the qualities of mastership, having served in clinical and educational leadership positions at IUH-Ball Memorial Hospital and IUSM for many years and has served the Indiana Chapter of ACP as Governor and on multiple local and national ACP committees. Please join me in congratulating Matt on this deserved honor.


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, followed by the Story Slam featuring Rick Helman and Jennifer Mundell sharing patient experiences that bring meaning to their work life as an internist.

Saturday consisted of two ABIM Self-Assessment modules. The first was the Update in Internal Medicine module presented by Drs. Brandon Dickey, Heidi Lakanen, & Randy Lee. Next up was the Update in Hospital Medicine module presented by Drs. Sam Singh, Tyler Davis, and Adrian Singson.

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. Adam Smalley.


Again this year we focused attention on our student and resident members on Saturday, 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, St. Vincent, and IU Health Ball Memorial (last year's Chapter winner), competed for the traveling trophy. After a spirited competition, the IU School of Medicine crew prevailed!


In round 2 of Doctor's Dilemma, the IU Resident Team took on the Residency Program Directors, and student teams from Marian University COM and Indiana University, with the IU student team narrowly coming out on top.


Congratulations to all our teams on a spirited competition.

IU's team will represent Indiana in the National Doctor's Dilemma Competition at the National Meeting in Los Angeles! 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 being bigger and better than ever. The date will be October 30th and will once again be held at the Renaissance North in Carmel.



Proud to be IM! Save-the-date Feb 29th. Share your experiences with residents/students

The ACP Indiana Resident Council is hosting a Proud to be GIM event in two phases this year. Starting the week of February 24th, the team will be hosting a chance to engage in a social media conversation about the benefits of a career in internal medicine (nightly from 6-8pm), followed by an in-person event on Saturday February 29rd, 2020 at IUH-Saxony facility on the NE side of Indianapolis from 4-7 PM. Follow us on Twitter @ProudToBeGIM_Indy and @AcpIndiana for twitter chats, updates, and pictures!

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 in panel discussions, networking, and offer career advice. Our audience will include residents and medical students. Our Council of Resident and Student Members successfully applied for funding from the Society o General Internal Medicine to help produce this event. Register now



Indiana Chapter Meeting 2020

Save the date for the 2020 Meeting on October 30th, 2020.



Save the Date – Internal Medicine 2020 in Los Angeles

The most comprehensive meeting in Internal Medicine is taking place April 23 – 25, 2020. Come to the meeting early and take advantage of ACP pre-courses for focused, intense learning on a variety of internal medicine subjects. Please join us for a reception for IN Members on Friday, April 24th at the Palm Restaurant from 5:30-7:30PM.

More Information is available here.



ACP Advocacy Highlights from 2019 and links for Opportunities for Members in 2020.

We Achieve More Because of You!

ACP advocates every day for policy changes to improve your daily practice and your patients' health care. At 159,000 members, ACP's advocacy is stronger because of you.

Highlights of 2019

  • ACP's efforts with CMS led to historic wins: increased physician reimbursement for office visits, reduced documentation burdens, payments for care coordination, and more.
  • ACP initiated a call-to-action by nation's leading physician and public health organizations to reduce injuries and deaths from firearms; Congress agreed to fund CDC and NIH research on firearms injury prevention.
  • ACP released new policy recommendations and supported legislation addressing the rising price of prescription drug.
  • ACP entered into court briefs to block laws that limit women's access to reproductive care and ban physicians from discussing appropriate treatment options.

Throughout 2020, ACP will continue its work with others to find solutions; inform conversations about health care; and enact changes that help physicians and their patients.




Do Your Part: ACP Calls for Increased State Advocacy on Key Issues in 2020

ACP anticipates ample opportunities in the next year for members to get involved at the local and state level on important issues in health care.

Click here to learn more.



ACP Reflects Importance of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in Updated Vision, Core Values, and College Goals

ACP's Board of Regents recently approved revisions to ACP's Vision, Core Values and Standing Goals, to better reflect that diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are essential and valued pillars of the organization. The Vision, Values and Goals are consistent with revisions to ACP's DEI policy, which outlines ACP's belief that a commitment to DEI strengthens the organization's capacity to respond to the needs of its members, patients, the profession and the public. While ACP's Mission ‘to enhance the quality and effectiveness of healthcare’ remains unchanged, the updated Vision and Goals now ensure that ACP's approach to inclusiveness is clearly communicated and is understood to be foundational for the College.

Through these updates, ACP's hope to reinforce its intent to welcome, consider and respect the many diverse voices of internal medicine and its subspecialties. And, these new Core Values emphasize that ACP's actions will reflect its embrace of diversity and inclusion to foster engagement, belonging and respect, resulting in facilitation of a just and equitable culture.

The updated text can be found at



New IM Residency Program to start in Southwest Indiana in July 2020

The new Indiana University School of Medicine Southwest Indiana Internal Medicine Residency Program will accept its first cohort in July of 2020. The program will focus on rural health and offer broad-based clinical training to its trainees with its hospital partners Good Samaritan and St. Vincent Evansville.

The learning model for the program integrates competency-based residency training into an integrated resident-faculty practice with existing Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), working together to provide coordinated, high-quality care to patients.

The goal of this program is to provide general internal medicine specialists to the southwest Indiana region. The training program will feature an expanded and collaborative model and is particularly tailored to the rural, under-served regions of southwest Indiana. The Program Director is Robert Ficalora, MD.

More Info HERE

Thank you for your service to your patients, colleagues, and membership in ACP! Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

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