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Indiana Governor's Newsletter November 2019

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

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


Save the Date and Register Now! – Indiana Chapter Meeting 2019!

The Indiana Chapter Meeting will be held again at the Renaissance Marriott Hotel in Carmel on November 21-23, 2019.

  • Chapter Reception and Post Judging. Thursday evening (11/21) will feature the Chapter reception and poster judging competition for the excellent abstracts submitted this year.
  • Scientific Meeting. The main scientific meeting will take place on Friday (11/22) and feature a keynote from Bob Dougherty, Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs and Public Policy for the ACP, along with a number of talks covering topics in hospital and clinic-based general and subspecialty medicine. Registration and the full agenda can be reviewed here.
  • Hospitalist Special Interest Group. We are excited to announce the start of a Hospitalist Special Interest Group breakfast meeting at the upcoming ACP Indiana Chapter Meeting! Come with ideas and opportunities into how the Indiana ACP chapter can engage and be a resource to Hospitalists. Friday, November 22 at 6:45-7:45 AM. RSVP HERE :
  • Women in Medicine. We will hold our annual Women in Medicine Breakfast on Friday morning as well at 6:45am. We hope you will join us! RSVP Here:
  • SEP Modules/Ultrasound and Resident/Medical Student Activities. Saturday morning (11/23) will consist of ABIM Self-Assessment (SEP) modules for MOC and CME credit in General Internal Medicine and Hospital Medicine, along with an opportunity for instruction in point-of-care ultrasound. Lunch on Saturday will include oral presentations by the abstract category winners and will be followed by a Speed Rounds session geared towards topics of interest for students, residents, fellows and early-career physicians. The afternoon will cap off with a closing reception and the always popular Doctor's Dilemma competition pitting teams from IUH-Ball Memorial, St. Vincent's, and the IUSM residency programs as well as student teams from Marian College of Osteopathic Medicine and IUSM. We hope to see you at the meeting!



Updates from the 2019 ACP Board of Governors Meeting

Governor-elect Brad Sutter and I recently returned from Tucson, Arizona and the Fall 2019 ACP Board of Governors meeting. Several important healthcare topics were discussed and the 16 resolutions were reviewed, debated and all were approved to move forward to the ACP Board of Regents for action or further committee action.

In addition, the group heard an excellent panel discussion about the pros and cons of a single-payer health care system by leading experts on this controversial topic.



Indiana Chapter Excellence Award recognized as Gold level!

The ACP Chapter Excellence Award recognizes chapter activities, engagement and management. The Gold Level recognizes truly extraordinary chapters that surpass excellence in chapter management. Chapters must meet all Bronze and Silver criteria to be eligible for Gold (22 Gold criteria). As part of this recognition, Gold level Chapters receive a reward amount of $5000.


Drs. Sutter and Allen celebrate the Gold level recognition of the Indiana Chapter!



Internal Medicine 2020, Los Angeles

Mark your calendars and find registration here for the Internal Medicine 2020 meeting in Los Angeles, CA on April 23 - April 25, 2020.

Indiana Chapter Reception – We hope to see a large number of current and former Indiana Chapter members at the Palm Restaurant in Los Angeles on Friday, April 24, 2020. The Chapter Receptions is always a great time for members to interact with fellow members and trainees from all around the state.



Matt Neal to receive Master's Award

Immediate-Past Indiana Governor, J. Matthew Neal, MD, MBA, FACE will have Mastership in the ACP bestowed at the Convocation ceremony at the 2020 Internal Medicine Meeting in Los Angeles, California. The first Mastership in the College was presented in 1923 to Dr. James M. Anders, who served the College as President for two terms. He was recognized for his extraordinary service to the College and for being one of the most outstanding internists and medical teachers of his day. ACP Masters are selected because of “integrity, positions of honor, eminence in practice or in medical research, or other attainments in science or in the art of medicine.” Masters are highly accomplished persons demonstrating eminence in practice, leadership, or in medical research. Dr. Neal certainly reflects these qualities, having served in clinical and educational leadership positions at IUH-Ball Memorial Hospital for many years and serving the Indiana Chapter of ACP as Governor and on multiple local and national ACP committees over the years. Please join me in congratulating Matt on this deserved honor.




IUSM Student Member, Steven Chen, Elected as Chair-Elect, ACP Council of Student Members


ACP recently announced that Steven Chen, an IUSM student in the Medical Scientist Training Program, was elected to serve as Chair-Elect of ACP's Council of Student Members (CSM). The College's governing body, the Board of Regents, will approve his appointment at its meeting in April during the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2020 in Los Angeles. He will be a member of the Board of Regents and attend all BOR meetings and the annual ACP Leadership Day in Washington, D.C. with our ACP Chapter delegation as well as regular meetings at ACP headquarters in Philadelphia.

Steven started his program at IUSM in 2015 and is conducting his graduate training in the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics studying Bioinformatics and alternative splicing regulation. Congratulations to Steven on this fantastic leadership opportunity and opportunity to advocate on issues that impact the medical trainees and the current and future practice of internal medicine.



Council for Resident/Fellow Members of Indiana

The CRFM has had a busy and productive year. They kicked off a new academic year by welcoming new interns from local programs at an event at Fountain Square Brewery in Indianapolis to welcome new colleagues and discuss the benefits of ACP membership.




ProudtobeGIM Grant awarded to Indiana CRFM

Once again this year, the CRFM worked with our Council of Student Members and faculty to apply for an obtain a 2nd year of funding with a ProudtobeGIM award for the 2019-2020 year from the Society of General Internal Medicine! SGIM partners with institutions to educate students and trainees on general internal medicine opportunities. Stayed tuned for details of the event, which will occur during the ProudtobeGIM week of February 24th-29th, 2020.



Council of Student Members of Indiana

Marian College of Osteopathic Medicine – Fourth Annual Resident Panel Discussion. Marian College of Osteopathic Medicine hosted a Resident Panel discussion on October 23rd. Indiana ACP helped organize 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 and/or subspecialty training program. An enthusiastic crowd of over 40 students attended the informative panel discussion featuring three residents; Dr. Emily Aeschliman from St. Vincent's, Dr. Anchit Bharat from IUH-Ball Memorial, and Dr. Bilal Anouti from IU School of Medicine. Dr. Aeschilman is a Marian graduate and appreciated returning “home” to share her experiences. She will pursue fellowship in Pulmonary-Critical Care, as will Dr. Bharat, while Dr. Anouti plans to train in Hematology/Oncology. Thanks to the Marian IM Student Interest Group for arranging such a nice event.




Women in Medicine Activities

Our Chapter Women In Medicine group continues to host events around the state. In the last few months the group has hosted events in Muncie and South Bend. More events are being planned to stay tuned for more opportunities.

In August, the ACP Women in Medicine and AMWA cohosted “An Evening for the Women Physicians of East Central Indiana”. There were over thirty attendees ranging from medical students just 3 days into their first year to retired physicians who served over 40 years. Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD gave an update on the status of women physicians of Indiana and Mackensey Saxton (MS3) gave a local AMWA update. Heidi Lakanen, MD detailed ACP opportunities for students through attendings.

There were two major highlights of the evening. First, Lynn Witty, MD was honored with the “Local Hero's AMWA Award” for her decades of service first as a pulmonary/critical care physician and now as a key mentor/teacher to the medical students. Dr. Witty and three other women (Drs. Deepthi Kurakula, Erin Vinson and Lora Jones-McClure) shared their personal stories about challenges, joys and survival tips in medicine. These transparent stories were simultaneously sobering, encouraging, poignant and hilarious.

Overall, this was an amazing time of networking the newest women of our profession with some of the more seasoned physicians. Thank you ACP and AMWA for your partnership!


Dr. Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, Dr. Lynn Witty, and Dr. Heidi Lakanen.

The South Bend event in October was hosted by WIM and AMWA, a first event with a new WIM leader Dr. Stephanie Martin, a hospitalist at Memorial in South Bend. The event was well received with many doctors from the community. AMWA honored Dr Gail English and Dr Janelle Blickensderfer with a certificate for their community and profession contributions.




Council of Early Career Physicians Call for Nominations

The Council of Early Career Physicians (CECP) is recruiting additional new representatives for the Indiana Chapter. The CECP helps our chapter respond to our membership needs including:

  • Enhancing professional development for early career physicians
  • Fostering ECP involvement in College activities
  • Increasing the value of ACP membership for early career physicians

Applicants with interest in developing leadership, advocacy, and/or education skill are encouraged to apply. Think you might qualify? Contact us with your interest! 



Hospitalist Interest Group Formation Call-Out

Our Chapter Council recently supported formation of a Hospitalist Interest Group and we are actively seeking interested members to help with this project. This group will serve to represent practicing Hospitalist physicians from around the state, and help our Chapter arrange regional events to promote discussions on clinical, professional, and wellness activities of interest. Please contact Governor-elect Sutter or Colleen Keeku.



ACP in Action: Chronic Pain QI Program Recruitment and Promotion Opportunity

The Indiana Chapter partnered with ACP and the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) and SAMHSA-funded initiatives, the Provider Clinical Support System (PCSS) and Opioid Response Network programs, to combat the opioid crisis. These programs featured a virtual quality improvement chronic pain leadership training program: Two hour webinar providing an overview on how to apply ACP's QI methodology to improve chronic pain management and safe opioid prescribing. The training also highlighted resources from the PCSS and Opioid Response Network programs. A series of 3 coaching calls with expert QI faculty to support implementation of QI projects focused on chronic pain management.

Interested participants should apply through the following link:

  • Program Application Criteria: New participants may apply (participation in the May virtual training disqualifies you from applying again)
  • A $500 honorarium will be provided to selected participants

For more information about this opportunity, please contact Julia Thayer at



1st Annual Internal Medicine Day

Hoping you got a chance to share your IM pride on #NationalInternalMedicineDay! ACP Indiana had the honor of flooding our twitter feed with #IMProud! This will be an annual event on October 28th.


Chapter Contact information:

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

Twitter: @AcpIndiana