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Indiana Governor's Newsletter November 2018

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Bradley L. Allen, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Bradley L. Allen, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


We are the Champions – Indiana University team captures national title, 2018 Osler Cup


The coveted Osler Cup

With no apologies to Freddy Mercury and Queen, WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!!! The Indiana Chapter was well represented in the “Final Five” of the competition of the annual Doctor's Dilemma (medical jeopardy) competition for an unprecedented third straight year. The IU team was made up of Antoine Saliba, Fatima Ezzeddine, and Tony Wood.


Facing a field of 61 teams that had reached New Orleans, the team representing Indiana University calmly marched through their competition brackets, only to finish as runner-up in the semi-final bracket. As fate would have it, however, the IU team was selected as the “wild card” team for the Final Five based on the superior number of points they had scored in earlier rounds. The IU team did not waste the opportunity and raced past the teams from New Jersey, Washington, Oklahoma, and Maryland to take a healthy lead into the final round and bring home the Osler cup where it belongs! This is the first ever national championship for the Indiana Chapter and the IU program – but hopefully not the last. Please join me in congratulating our team on this excellent accomplishment.

The process will start all over again in November with the local bragging rights up for grabs at this year's Indiana Chapter Meeting competition between St. Vincent's, IU-Ball Memorial, and IU teams. The competition will be held on Saturday, November 17th.



Save the Date – 2018 Indiana Chapter Meeting

Mark your calendars for our annual Chapter Meeting, to be held on November 15-17th, 2018. This year's Indiana Chapter Meeting will again be held at the Renaissance North Hotel in Carmel. This will be our fourth year at the facility, which has been an excellent backdrop for our statewide event based on staff and attendee feedback.

  • Thursday, Nov. 15th: The Annual Meeting will kick off with the Member's Reception, followed by the resident-student poster competition. A continued addition this year will be a poster competition for our Early Career Physician members.
  • Friday, Nov. 16th: The main scientific sessions and keynote address by the Senior Vice President for Medical Education for ACP, Dr. Davoren Chick.
  • Saturday, Nov. 17th: We will again feature ABIM Self-Assessment Modules in the morning along with some resident-specific sessions, luncheon with the winning poster competition oral presentations, our student-resident-ECP speed rounds panel and social reception, and will close with our much-heralded Doctor's Dilemma competition. We extend a special invitation to our resident, student, and Early Career Physician members for our Saturday events in addition to our main meeting content.

Full details of the program are detailed below. We hope to see record numbers of attendees this year.


Davoren Chick, MD, FACP, ACP Senior Vice President for Medical Education

Meeting Highlights and Registration Information:

  • Earn 7 MOC points by simply attending the General Session on Friday
  • Earn 4 more MOC points by attending the two ABIM SEP Modules on Saturday
  • Pain Management – Alternatives to Opioid Therapy
  • Endocrinology and Dermatology for the Internist
  • Hypertension 2018 – New Guidelines and Effect on Current Treatment
  • Radiologic Imaging for the Internal Medicine Physicians
  • Musculoskeletal Examination Workshop
  • Two SEP Modules and Ultrasound Workshop
  • Doctor's Dilemma and Resident Activities

Please view the meeting brochure for full details and register online today.



Internal Medicine 2018, New Orleans

ACP put on a fantastic annual meeting in New Orleans, with numerous highlights featuring our Indiana members.


Indiana Doctor's Dilemma Team is crowned national champions after making the Final Five for 3rd straight year!

The team from Indiana University dominated their competition through the elimination rounds and made it to the Final Five competition! This year, they rallied through some challenging dermatology questions to vanquish their opponents to take the crown and make our Indiana Chapter proud.

Dr. Kutkut Honored for Research Presentation

Issa Kutkut, IUSM Resident, was selected as winner in the Resident/Fellow Research & Clinical Vignette Poster Competition at the 2018 in New Orleans. Issa's presentation was titled Skin Sympathetic Nerve Activity During Therapeutic Hypothermia Predicts Neurological Recovery.


Numerous other presentations were made from the Chapter, including Ryan Nguyen and Ashley Kancuska (see below).



We had a great group of newly-elected fellows attended the ACP Convocation and received recognition in the presence of a large crowd of friends, family, and international dignitaries. Congratulations to all our new fellow members, Drs. X. I hope that all current ACP fellows get the chance to experience this spectacular event at future annual meetings.


Chrissy Tran, MD, FACP


New Fellows at the 2018 Convocation ceremony.

Indiana Chapter Reception

A HUGE number of current and former Indiana Chapter members joined us for a lively reception at the Mulate's in New Orleans. This was a great time for members to interact from members and trainees from all around the state, as seen in the photos below.




From the ACP Resident Council of Indiana

New Leadership

Elections were held for new officer and liaison positions. For 2018-2019 we will have co-presidents Ryan Nguyen and Tony Wood, both from the Indiana University program. Vice President is Bilal Anouti and Crystal Azu will serve as the council secretary position. Andrew Peseski will serve as program liaison for IU Indy, and Emily Aeschliman is liaisons for St. Vincent and Padmini Parameswaran is the liaison for Ball Memorial. We are excited for a successful year under their leadership.

We are extremely thankful to the outgoing council leadership, Tony Saliba and Duane Allen. Tony and Duane were very effective in their positions over the last year. Congratulations and thanks to both.

Marian College of Osteopathic Medicine – Second Annual Resident Panel Discussion

Marian College of Osteopathic Medicine hosted a Resident Panel discussion for the third year. Indiana ACP hosted the dinner meeting which provided a forum for students interested in learning more about the residency application process, successful interviewing tips, and what to look for in a medicine residency training program as well as subspecialty training. An enthusiastic crowd of over 100 students attended the informative panel discussion featuring 6 residents from Ball Memorial, St. Vincent's and IU School of Medicine programs. Marian graduated their second senior class this year, with many choosing a career in primary care and internal medicine.



Stephen Chen elected as Vice Chair Designee, Council of Student Members

Stephen Chen, a student member in the IUSM Medical Scientist Training Program and current member of the national ACP Council of Student Members, was recently elected by that body to serve as the Vice Chair Designee, Council of Student Members. In this position Stephen will serve as an ex officio member of the Board of Regents and help advise the ACP on programs, products and services to promote Internal Medicine as a career choice, increase the value of ACP membership to medical students, and strengthen chapter and medical school level activities. Stephen also serves as the President of the IUSM Internal Medicine Student Interest Group.



Long-serving Executive Director, Donna Seawards, to Retire This Fall

Donna Seawards, Executive Director of the ACP Indiana Chapter will step away from her role at the end of the year. Ms. Seawards has provided excellent service and dedication to our chapter for the last 9 years and will be missed by all. Fortunately, Donna will be with us at our Chapter meeting in November so that you will have a chance to thank her for her service in person! Donna's last day will be December 31, 2018. Please join me in thanking Donna for her outstanding service to our ACP chapter and our members.



New Executive Director, Indiana Chapter

We are pleased to announce the hiring of Colleen Keeku as our new Executive Director. Colleen has a keen knowledge of our chapter needs, having served as an assistant to Ms. Seawards in the past and helping us put on a great chapter meeting in the past. Colleen has over 6 years of experience in nonprofit medical associations, nonprofit executive board management, and fantastic technology skills in multiple social media platforms. She currently serves as the Executive Director of three other ACP chapters, including Illinois Northern, Illinois Downstate, and the Arkansas chapter. This experience has given her vast experience in working with the ACP national office, governors, chapter councils, committees, and membership development.

Notable innovations that Ms. Keeku has helped develop include a MKSAP Live Online Study Hall, using member moderators to deliver valuable content to members from her chapters. Colleen has also supported quarterly meetings of chapter Women in Medicine groups, separate Resident and Medical Student Days, Resident member service opportunities, Early Career Physician, and Hospitalist Activities. Her technical skills with communications and social media modalities have helped grow and enrich the other ACP chapters that she serves.

Colleen has agreed to serve in an important transition role over the next few months, including assisting with our Chapter meeting in November. She will assume her full position on January 1, 2019. Please join me in welcoming Colleen to our Indiana Chapter. Her contact information can be found below.



2018 Governor-elect Election Biographical Sketch and Candidate Statement - Indiana

The Polls are Open! Have you cast your vote for the next Indiana Chapter Governor?

We have two outstanding candidates who have stepped forward for this election and we congratulate both of them for this call to leadership. The ballots for the current Governors-elect election have been mailed to all members. The voting membership (Masters, Fellows, Members, and Resident/Fellow Members with an elect date of 9/1/2016 or earlier) can vote online or mail-in ballot that you received in the mail.

You will need your mailed ballot or election email containing your ACP Member Number and Election Passcode in order to vote. Additional materials regarding our two excellent candidates is available online or in the mailed ballots. Online voting began on September 21, 2018 and will end on November 9, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern. Please be sure to vote!

For replacement ballots and election customer service, e-mail or call toll-free 1-866-909-3549, Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Central. For general information, you may email Kelley Gordon, Supervisor, Board of Governor Relations, or call her at 215-351-2559.


Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD, FACP


Bradley M. Sutter, MD, FACP



Exercise your vote in the November 2018 mid-term elections

No matter where you live or your personal political views, our civic involvement as physicians is held to a higher standard than the average community member. I urge each member to urge each of their patients, staff, colleagues, and neighbors to thoughtfully consider the candidates running for local, regional, state, and national offices and how they will help us promote the health and well-being of our state and country. When we do, America always wins!



How ACP members can support recent disaster recovery and aid efforts

In the wake Hurricane Florence, ACP is communicating with members and regional chapter leadership in the affected areas and will provide any support and resources we can during this difficult time.

Here are resources for ACP members looking for more information or to help those affected by the unfolding events:

More volunteering resources and ways to help

Have a great fall and see you in November at our Indiana Chapter Meeting, November 15-17th.

Contact information:

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

Donna Seawards
Executive Director, Outgoing
Ph: 623-225-5527

Colleen Keeku
Executive Director, Illinois & Arkansas Chapters
American College of Physicians
(312) 618-5839 phone
(866) 521-1186 fax

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