Indiana Governor's Newsletter November 2022

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Bradley M. Sutter, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Bradley M. Sutter, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Governors Message

Dear ACP Friends and Colleagues:

It is hard to believe 2022 is almost over. It has certainly been an eventful year for many of us, and especially for me and my family. For those of you who were unable to attend the annual Indiana Chapter Meeting on October 27th & 28th, I am sharing the tragic news that my younger brother, Brian Sutter, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 58 on October 15th after a sudden-onset, rapidly progressive and catastrophic bacterial CNS infection. Our small family was deeply affected by his sudden death, made even more difficult by the fact that his only child/daughter was to be married on October 29th. I escorted Brian's daughter down the wedding aisle in his absence; however, I was unable to attend this year's Chapter Meeting for obvious reasons. Colleen Keeku, our Chapter Executive Director, the Chapter Council, and especially Areeba Kara, MD, MS, FACP, SFHM and Co-Chair of our Program Committee, were all invaluable in their understanding and support given my extenuating circumstances. Dr. Kara agreed to host the Chapter Meeting in my absence, for which I am forever grateful.

I have asked Dr. Kara to kindly summarize her thoughts and experiences from the 2-day event to share with our membership:

“Our Chapter held its annual meeting at the Renaissance hotel in Carmel on October 27 and 28. Following a pandemic-imposed hiatus, this was our first return to an in-person gathering in two years and our first ‘hybrid’ meeting- offering both in-person and virtual attendance options. We were all so grateful for the support we have provided each other, to our patients and our communities throughout the pandemic, and for being able to gather together to learn. This meeting would not have been possible without the support of Colleen Keeku our chapter coordinator, the education committee, the speakers, judges, and competition participants. Nor would it be possible without the support of many others who were working off stage- including tech crews and the staff at Renaissance hotel. So let me start with thank you to all of them and to you!!

On Thursday, we learned how unconscious bias can creep into our patient interactions and how we can mitigate it. The workshop was led by Drs. Jennifer Hur and Areeba Kara, and armed us with practical knowledge we can use in our everyday practice. A thrilling Doctor's Dilemma organized by Dr. Matthew Neal and emceed by Dr. Brandon Dickey followed. All the teams were impressive and kept their cool but ultimately, the team from St Vincent's Ascension Health was crowned the State winner!! Congratulations to team members Derek Mounsey, Marrium Siddiqui, Tamim Ward, and all the competitors! In the evening, we heard oral vignette and poster presentations from across the State. The judges awarded first place to Roshan Kaphle, Meaghan Mobley, Roudi Bachar, Jason Russ, and Marrium Siddiqui.

We returned on Friday to learn about well-being in an interactive session led by Dr. Joni Miller. Drs. Munchhof and Baenziger taught us about ways to better bridge the divide between inpatient and outpatient care emphasizing our shared responsibility to our patients. Dr. Lauren Nephew highlighted the social and structural determinants of health and the connections between our recent history, environments, and health outcomes. Drs. Johnson and Nirmalasari reviewed mild cognitive impairment and advanced care planning with us. We closed with high-yield updates in hospital medicine and ambulatory medicine delivered by Drs. Brooks and Zhang and Dr. Fick respectively. We also celebrated the recipients of annual awards bestowed by our Chapter (see later in newsletter).

Medicine changes rapidly, knowledge grows every day- we saw this happen week to week over the last two years. Our intellectual curiosity, our sense of responsibility towards our patients and communities, our desire to do the very best for every single patient every day, our quest to doing better, endures. Learning alongside each other, as a professional society that is a home for all internists in all settings, was the very best way to bring joy back into our professions and celebrate National Internal Medicine Day. Thank you for making this such a successful meeting. Like you, we shall strive to do even better- we want to hear your feedback so please reach out with any suggestions!!”

Once again, I want to sincerely thank Dr. Kara and everyone who participated for making this year's annual meeting such a tremendous success.

I want to take this opportunity to congratulate and highlight our annual Chapter Award recipients, as follows:

The ACP Indiana Laureate Award—our Chapter's highest honor—was presented to Kevin Tolliver, MD, FACP for his invaluable and dedicated service to the Chapter, the College, medical education, and the profession. Our ACP Teaching and Mentorship Award was presented to Dr. Adelina Priscu from Ball Hospital in Muncie, IN for her invaluable contributions to teaching and mentoring students and housestaff. We had two well-deserving ACP Women in Medicine Awardees for their outstanding contributions to medical education and patient care: Noelle Sinex, MD, FACP and Julie Vannerson, MD, FACP. Another award highlight was the presentation of the Alex Djuricich Outstanding Medical Educator Award to Bob Vu, MD, FACP for his years of dedicated involvement in teaching and coordinating medical student education for the IU School of Medicine campuses throughout Indiana, as well as his years of experience teaching IU SOM Indianapolis campus housestaff. Once again, my heartfelt congratulations to all these outstanding physicians.

I want to remind everyone to submit their evaluations and obtain CME for the recent chapter meeting by visiting this website . Also, a reminder and important note that meeting registrants who were unable to attend this year's meeting in-person or virtually may view the online recorded sessions (stay tuned for an email on access to the recorded sessions) and obtain CME for their efforts. As has been our chapter's tradition since the onset of the COVID19 pandemic, our Council continued to support providing the chapter meeting free of charge to all registered chapter members for 2022. Based on your feedback and recommendations, our Program Committee will soon launch planning efforts for the 2023 Chapter Meeting.

I want to again thank our candidates for Governor for the Class of 2028, Drs. Dee Moonesinghe and Kapil Mehta. Both have extensive physician leadership experience and are outstanding practicing physicians. Voting for the Governor-Elect-Designee has ended so please stay tuned to your chapter email for the official communication from ACP announcing our next Governor.

A reminder that ACP continues to advocate for all of us, including the following: Calling for comprehensive action to achieve environmental justice by addressing air pollution, ensuring safe drinking water, and protecting the public from harmful substances; Helping patients navigate the ACA Marketplace enrollment process; Making recommendations for addressing federal policies that contribute to health inequities and nondiscrimination; and many more. You may read more about ACP's ongoing advocacy efforts, policies, and priorities at And, for those who are interested in participating in direct advocacy discussions with Indiana House and Senate representatives in Washington, D.C., mark down Leadership Day 2023, planned for May 23-24. More details on how to join our Indiana Chapter delegation will be forthcoming in early 2023.

I want to remind all of you that you may now register for ACP's Internal Medicine Meeting 2023, including the always-outstanding 2-day precourses. This year's meeting will be held in lovely San Diego, California—where the weather is typically outstanding and the sun shines brightly. We are already planning a delicious and enjoyable Chapter Reception at the San Diego meeting, so stay tuned for further details, and mark your calendars for April 27-29th, 2023. You may register for the meeting utilizing this link.

A reminder that our Indiana ACP Chapter will be sponsoring a VIRTUAL ABIM Internal Medicine SEP module on December 8th 2022, from 6:00-8:00 PM. You may register for this free (for ACP Members) MOC and CME event here.

Finally, I want to wish all of you a safe, peaceful, happy, and rewarding Holiday Season. It is always good to remember and cherish our friends and families during this time of year. Be well and let us all look forward to an exciting and promising 2023!

Bradley Sutter, MD, FACP

Dr. Bradley Allen and Laureate Winner Dr. Kevin Tolliver, MD, FACP, MBA

ACP Indiana teams compete in the Doctor's Dilemma competition



Indiana Chapter Webinar Recordings

Indiana Chapter Immunization Updates 2022 with Dr. Bradley Allen (October 2022)

Influencing Change in Medicine: Leadership Through Equity (May 14, 2022)



Doctor's Dilemma® 2023: Call for Volunteer Judges

Join the annual Doctor's Dilemma competition by serving as a volunteer Judge at Internal Medicine Meeting 2023 in San Diego, CA.

Up to 60 teams will compete for the coveted Osler Cup and we're extending our call for volunteers to ensure that the program runs smoothly, and that competitors and attendees have a memorable experience.

Learn about the roles and responsibilities for Judges. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the Doctor's Dilemma Volunteer Participation Form by Friday, January 20, 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact We look forward to an exciting 2023 Doctor's Dilemma Competition!



New ACP Paper Calls for Policies to Improve Environmental Health

A new position paper published in Annals of Internal Medicine, Environmental Health: A Position Paper from the American College of Physicians details policy actions that are needed to address the climate crisis and reduce exposure to hazardous substances and air and water pollution.

The paper reflects many of the concerns previously outlined in ACP's 2016 paper, Climate and Health, but broadens recommended policy actions to include a wider array of environmental exposures that impact human health. A video featuring Dr. Ryan D. Mire, MD, MACP accompanies the position paper to reiterate the message to achieve environmental justice so that everyone can live, work, learn, and play in a healthy environment.