Indiana Chapter News

Member Feedback is Requested on Spring 2024 Resolutions

(February 2024) Twenty-one (21) resolutions will be considered at the Spring 2024 Board of Governors (BOG) Meeting. With the exception of Resolution 9-S24, which will not be debated because this resolution is slated for adoption as a reaffirmation, please review each resolution and then indicate your support or opposition by completing the electronic response form by the deadline your ACP Chapter Governor has requested or by midnight March 13, whichever comes first. 

Your comments will be forwarded to your Governor to be used as part of his/her testimony on behalf of the chapter. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Giampietro, BOG Administrator, at chapter@acpmembership.org. Thank you for your input. 

(NOTE: Proposed resolutions should be considered confidential information and are intended to be viewed by ACP members only. Under no circumstances should proposed resolutions be shared with the news media or social networking media, nor should they be shared with other individuals and organizations. Proposed resolutions do not represent ACP policy.)


Call for Fall 2024 Resolutions

(February 2024) Are you concerned about a practice or clinical issue or have an idea you'd like to suggest? If so, you might consider submitting a resolution to your Governor or chapter council.  

Initiating a resolution provides ACP members an opportunity to focus attention at the ACP national level on a particular issue or topic that concerns them. Participating in the Board of Governors resolutions process provides the ACP grassroots member a voice and allows you to shape College policy that impacts the practice of internal medicine.  

Not sure how to begin drafting a resolution? Researching the College's position on an issue can give you a start. The just released ACP Board of Governors Resolutions Guide for ACP Members is now available to download and will help, too. The Guide was created to provide members a short overview of the resolutions process essentials and highlights critical ACP online resources you must use.  

Once drafted, members must submit resolutions to their Governor and/or chapter council. Chapter council approval is required to move resolutions forward to ACP national. Although not official ACP policy, a resolution becomes property of the chapter once the chapter council approves forwarding it to national. If effecting change interests you, the deadline for submitting new resolutions to be heard at the Fall 2024 Board of Governors Meeting is March 29, 2024. 

Share your good idea with us. Draft a resolution. 


Congratulations New Chapter Fellows

  • Ryan R Bean, MD FACP
  • James Butler, MD FACP
  • Corey M Foster, MD FACP
  • Lakshmi D Pathai, MBBS FACP
  • Steven A Hanberg, MD FACP
  • Sashank Kolli, MD FACP
  • Alinda Madhab Sarma, MD FACP
  • Daniel Arthur Stegelman, MD FACP

(February 2024) Congratulations to the Chapter's new Fellows. Fellowship in the College is an honor. Being an FACP® is a distinction earned from colleagues who recognize your accomplishments and achievements over and above the practice of medicine. The most important considerations for ACP Fellowship are excellence and contributions made to both medicine and to the broader community in which the internal medicine physician lives and practices. 


Governor's Council Nominations OPEN

(February 2024) Under our ACP Indiana bylaws, the Indiana Chapter will conduct an election to fill two (2) Governor's Advisory Council seats in April 2024.

The Call for Nominations for the Governor’s Advisory Council is now open. If you are interested in running, please email your Name, Short Bio (less than 200 words), and CV to Colleen Keeku no later than Friday, February 23rd.

If you would like to nominate a colleague, please email that person’s name and contact information no later than Friday, February 16th.

The Governor’s Council consists of physician volunteer leaders entrusted to represent and actively engage the membership of the Chapter. The Council sets policy and provides leadership, including planning strategically for the Chapter’s growth; determining the mission, goals, and priorities; and allocating resources in line with those priorities. The Council meets in-person or online 3-4 times annually.   Questions can be directed to Colleen Keeku, Executive Director.


Apply Now for the ACP Indiana Advocacy Scholarship

(January 2024) Interested in Health Care reform? Want to make a difference at the national level? The Indiana Chapter is sponsoring members to attend Leadership Day 2024. Attendees will receive up to $2000/$1500 in travel stipends for up to four members.

This event provides an opportunity for ACP and our members to:

  • Increase our presence in Washington and bring visibility to issues of common concern
  • Receive a comprehensive orientation and briefing on ACP's top legislative priorities
  • Meet with legislators and the staff on Capitol Hill

To enter please submit your response (500 words or less) to the following: "Why is physician advocacy important to you? What do you hope to accomplish by attending ACP Leadership Day?" Essays should be submitted no later than Friday, February 16, 2024.

Submit HERE

$2000 stipend to Resident/Students $1500 stipend for Practicing Physicians


Chapter Speakers at Internal Medicine Meeting 2024

(December 2023) We’d like to bring attention to our local chapter members who will be presenting as faculty at ACP’s Internal Medicine Meeting 2024 in Boston, Massachusetts this April. Early-bird registration is available through January. For a full schedule or for more information on the meeting, click here.

Margaret Beliveau Pre-course Perioperative Medicine 2024 Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Rakesh Mehta Meet the Professor Office Anemia: Where to Start Saturday, April 20, 2024

BOR Action on Fall 2023 BOG Resolutions

(December 2023) A summary of Board of Regents (BOR) actions on resolutions debated at the Fall 2023 Board of Governors (BOG) meeting is now available. Resolutions initiated by ACP members and endorsed by a chapter council and the BOG become ACP policy when adopted by the BOR.

If you have an idea you would like to suggest to ACP, consider submitting a resolution to your Governor or local ACP chapter. Visit the advocacy section of your ACP chapter website for more information on how to propose a resolution.


Congratulations New Chapter Fellows

  • LeeAnn M Cox, MD FACP
  • Amy M Munchhof, MD FACP
  • Srija Vangala, MD FACP
  • Natasha Dudiki, MD FACP
  • Esmeralda B Gutierrez-Asis, MD FACP
  • Tasneem Siddiqua, MD FACP

(November 2023) Congratulations to the Chapter's new Fellows. Fellowship in the College is an honor. Being an FACP® is a distinction earned from colleagues who recognize your accomplishments and achievements over and above the practice of medicine. The most important considerations for ACP Fellowship are excellence and contributions made to both medicine and to the broader community in which the internal medicine physician lives and practices.


2023 Chapter Excellence Award – Gold Winner

Chapter Excellence Award Bronze We are pleased to announce that our chapter is in receipt of the Gold Level of the 2023 Chapter Excellence Award! The award recognizes truly extraordinary chapters that surpass excellence in chapter management. We are in the company of 54 other outstanding chapters. In order to achieve the Gold Level of the Chapter Excellence Award, chapters must meet nineteen Bronze criteria, seventeen Silver criteria and multiple Gold level activities. Criteria include such activities as having a legislative action plan or agenda, holding a volunteerism/community service activity, holding multiple stand-alone meetings, having revenue sources outside of dues and meeting registration fees, implementing a strategic plan, implementing a formal recruitment and retention plan and measuring outcomes, conducting various activities for Medical Students, Residents and Early Career Physicians.

We would like to extend a special thanks to those chapter members who assisted us in all of these endeavors! For their hard work and dedication, we received this award.


We Request Your Feedback on the Proposed Fall 2023 Board of Governors Resolutions

(August 2023) We would like to request your feedback regarding resolutions that will be considered at the Fall 2023 Board of Governors Meeting. With the exception of Resolution 3-F23 which was accepted as a reaffirmation and will not be debated, please review the balance of the slate and then indicate your support or opposition by completing the resolutions electronic response form by August 30th.

After considering the intent of each resolution and how it fits with the College’s Mission and Goals, please provide your feedback on each resolution and indicate your support or opposition by completing the electronic response form by August 30. Your input will be used as part of testimony on behalf of the chapter.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to provide comments regarding these resolutions. By providing your feedback on the Board of Governors resolutions, you have helped to shape College policy that impacts the practice of internal medicine.


Congratulations New Chapter Fellows

  • Hayder A Abbood, MD FACP
  • Neetu Mahendraker, MBBS FACP
  • Ian S Scharrer, MD FACP
  • Sruthi Vellanki, MD FACP

(July 2023) Congratulations to the Chapter's new Fellows. Fellowship in the College is an honor. Being an FACP® is a distinction earned from colleagues who recognize your accomplishments and achievements over and above the practice of medicine. The most important considerations for ACP Fellowship are excellence and contributions made to both medicine and to the broader community in which the internal medicine physician lives and practices.


Call for Spring 2024 BOG Resolutions

(July 2023) Are you concerned about a practice or clinical issue or have an idea you'd like to suggest? If so, you might consider submitting a resolution to your Governor or chapter council.  

Initiating a resolution provides ACP members an opportunity to focus attention at the ACP national level on a particular issue or topic that concerns them. Participating in the Board of Governors resolutions process provides the ACP grassroots member a voice and allows you to shape College policy that impacts the practice of internal medicine.

Not sure how to begin drafting a resolution? Researching the College's position on an issue can give you a start. The recently released ACP Board of Governors Resolutions Guide for ACP Members is now available to download and will help, too. The Guide was created to provide members a short overview of the resolutions process essentials and highlights critical ACP online resources you must use.  

Once drafted, members must submit resolutions to their Governor and/or chapter council. Chapter council approval to move resolutions forward to ACP national is required. A resolution becomes a resolution of the chapter once the chapter council approves forwarding it to national. If effecting change interests you, the deadline for submitting new resolutions to be heard at the Spring 2024 Board of Governors Meeting is October 16, 2023.  

Share your good idea with us. Draft a resolution.


BOR Action on Spring 2023 BOG Resolutions

(June 2023) summary of Board of Regents (BOR) actions on resolutions debated at the Spring 2023 Board of Governors (BOG) meeting is now available. Resolutions initiated by ACP members and endorsed by a chapter council and the BOG become ACP policy when adopted by the BOR.


Call for Abstracts: 2023 Indiana Chapter Meeting

Resident/Fellow, Medical Student Members & Early Career Physicians--Share your most interesting case and/or project during the 2023 ACP Indiana Chapter Meeting! 

Abstract Competitions are to be held November 2, 2023 in Carmel, IN.

View the FULL COMPETITION DETAILS.

Submit an abstract using the INDIANA CHAPTER ABSTRACT FORM.

Abstract Submission Deadline:
Sunday, August 20, 2023 at 11:59 pm EST


Chapter Members Elected to ACP Fellowship

(March 2023) We would like to congratulate our chapter members on election to Fellow of the American College of Physicians. The distinction recognizes achievements in internal medicine.

Whitney Fraiz, MD FACP

Muhammad Mufti, MD FACP

Katherine E Palmisano, MD FACP

Carlos Salazar, MD FACP

Sukhwinder Singh, MD FACP

Simant Singh Thapa, MD FACP

Anup Trikannad, MD FACP

Ahmed Behery, MD FACP

Emily Cochard, MD FACP

Amy W Johnson, DO FACP

Crystal L Jones, MD FACP

Adrian B Singson, MD FACP

Fellowship is elected upon the recommendation of peers and the review of ACP’s Credentials Subcommittee. They may now use the letters “FACP” after their name in recognition of this honor. Please join me in congratulations!


The American College of Physicians, Indiana Opposes Efforts to Ban Gender-Affirming Care

(March 2023) Statement Attributable to Bradley M. Sutter, MD, FACP, Governor, Indiana Chapter; Katherine Palmisano, MD, FACP, Chair, Health & Public Policy Committee, Indiana Chapter.

Indiana Senate Bill 480 seeks to prohibit physicians from providing gender-affirming and transgender care to minors. The American College of Physicians Indiana Chapter opposes this bill as well as Indiana House Bill 1118, House Bill 1220, House Bill 1231, House Bill 1525, and House Bill 1589 which all seek similar. The ACP Indiana Chapter, representing 1775 internal medicine physicians and medical students in the state of Indiana, affirms the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals to receive gender-affirming and transgender health care. Our chapter firmly supports physicians who provide this necessary care and opposes efforts to criminalize these services.

A growing number of states are banning gender-affirming health care and pursuing anti-LGBTQ+ legislation, contrary to ACP policy, which urges non-discrimination in health care. ACP opposes these restrictions on health care for transgender individuals, who already may face extreme barriers to accessing care, and strongly objects to any unnecessary government interference with any health care services.

Laws like the ones currently under consideration in Indiana drive stigma and endanger the wellbeing of LGBTQ+ youth. According to the Trevor Project’s 2021 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health, 94 percent of LGBTQ+ youth reported that recent politics have negatively impacted their mental health.

ACP has decried discriminatory policies against LGBTQ+ people because of the harm they cause. In particular, ACP has objected to the interference with the physician-patient relationship and penalization of evidence-based care. ACP believes that physicians and other health care professionals should not fear criminal punishment for providing the medical standard of care, nor should the government attempt to force disclosure of patient information related to gender-affirming care. ACP policy also calls for coverage of comprehensive transgender health care in private and public insurance plans. In addition to speaking out against these harmful laws, ACP has joined amicus briefs in legal challenges discriminating against transgender people.

ACP Indiana will continue to support legal and legislative efforts protecting against these medically unsound and dangerous restrictions.


Board of Regents Action on Fall 2022 BOG Resolutions

(November 2022) A summary of Board of Regents (BOR) actions on resolutions debated at the Fall 2022 Board of Governors (BOG) meeting is now available. Resolutions initiated by ACP members and endorsed by a chapter council and the BOG become ACP policy when adopted by the BOR.

If you have an idea you'd like to suggest to ACP, consider submitting a resolution to your Governor or local ACP chapter. Visit your ACP chapter website for more information on how to contact your Governor or chapter staff about proposing a resolution.


Chapter Members Elected to ACP Fellowship

(November 2022) We would like to congratulate our chapter members on election to Fellow of the American College of Physicians. The distinction recognizes achievements in internal medicine.

FNU Jaydev, MBBS, FACP
Amit Kalra, MBBS MD, FACP
Neha Patel, MD, FACP
Salem Vilayet, MD, FACP
Olivia Nirmalasari, MD, FACP
Ahmed A Taha, MD, FACP

Fellowship is elected upon the recommendation of peers and the review of ACP’s Credentials Subcommittee. They may now use the letters “FACP” after their name in recognition of this honor. Please join me in congratulations!