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Lee S. Engel, MD, FACP, ACP Governor
Hello 2017…. My first year as Governor has passed so quickly! The Chapter has been working at full speed all year, and I hope you will take a few moments to check out what has been going on by taking a look at the newsletter. There are lots of things on the agenda:
a) Creation of a Non-Academic Primary Care Physician Committee
b) Creation of a Non-Academic Hospitalist Committee
1) Annual Associates Meeting Tuesday January 24th at Ochsner Medical Center
2) Annual Louisiana chapter Meeting March 9-11, 2017
I hope you had a great Holiday Season and Happy New Year! I look forward to hearing from many of you this year.
Lee Engel, MD, FACP
Governor, ACP Louisiana Chapter
We did it again - the LA ACP has won the Chapter Excellence Award for 2017! The ACP recognizes chapters that are meeting the standards of chapter management criteria. This criteria is used as a guideline for chapters to build a strong foundation for success. Chapter award recipients receive $2000 to support chapter operations. Additionally, award winners are provided a certificate of acknowledgement and are considered leaders who inspire and provide resources to other chapters. Chapter leadership will be acknowledged during the Awards Luncheon at the Internal Medicine 2018 Board of Governors meeting.
We look forward to celebrating your fellow recognition at the Convocation during the IM2017 meeting in San Diego!
Eric R Ehrensing, MD FACP, MBBS, FACP, Metairie
Tahmina Hassan, MBBS FACP, Prairieville
Hui J Kim, MD FACP, Marrero
Joshua David Maier, MD FACP, Shreveport
Jeremiah H Newsom, MD FACP, New Orleans
Mihir V Patel, MBBS FACP, Shreveport
Mohan Rudrappa, MBBS FACP, Shreveport
Ashish Udhrain, MD FACP, New Orleans
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Thank you for recognizing the value of LA ACP membership! Please be sure to share your thoughts and let us know if there are things we can do to better meet your needs.
Rizwan Ali, MD, Alexandria
Mohammad Alrehaili, New Orleans
Robert B Andres, MD, New Orleans
Nadira Aryal, MBBS, Baton Rouge
Khalid Baosman, MD, Bossier City
Yussef Bennani, MD, New Orleans
Sahitya Bhandari, MBBS, MD, Vidalia
Venkatasai Prasad Boda Eswara, MD, Shreveport
Brandi E Bradley, MD, Baton Rouge
Falon V Brown, MD, New Orleans
Mirjana Bukara, MD, New Orleans
Sandra Charpentier, MD, Houma
Ajit Chary, MD, Shreveport
Gavin Chico, MD, Shreveport
Bridgette Collins-Burow, MD PhD, Slidell
Allison Cormier, MD, Shreveport
Kevin Cowley, MD, Metairie
Amanda E. Cruz-Cruz, MD, New Orleans
Leigh Erin Daigle, MD, Lake Charles
Rikki Darcey, MD, New Orleans
Federico Del Toro, MD, Lafayette
Jared A Dendy, MD, Gretna
Philip M Denoux, MD, Metairie
Anand M Desai, MD, Shreveport
Jean D Domercant, MD, Baton Rouge
Zachary Dowdy, MD, River Ridge
Roland Estaris, MD, Metairie
Shilpa Gadde, MD, Metairie
Haidy Galous, MD, Shreveport
Lori N Gautreaux, MD, Opelousas
Carl J Giffin III, MD, Baton Rouge
Craig A Greenman, MD, Lake Charles
Paul T Guidry, MD, Shreveport
Mohanad A Hasan, MD, New Orleans
John Brady Imms, Kenner
Amy Ingegniero, MD, New Orleans
Muhammad A Iqbal, MD, Alexandria
Avaneesh Jakkoju, MD, Lafayette
Jenna C Jordan, MD, Angie
Joshua Jordan, MD, Shreveport
Rakhee Kalelkar, MD, New Orleans
Sarah Knight, MD, Raceland
Eugene S Kofman, MD, New Orleans
Christina Kozycki, MD, New Orleans
Benjamin Wade Kurz, MD, Shreveport
Jessica J. La Combe, MD, New Roads
Terry N Le, MD, Shreveport
Lloyd P Leonards, MD, New Orleans
Michael D Lindley, MD, MPH New Orleans
Dragana Lovre, MD, New Orleans
Arjun R Makam, DO, New Orleans
Mehmet S Marangoz, MD, New Orleans
Sriram Maringanti, MD, Slidell
Faiza Masoud, MD, Shreveport
Kendra McAnally, DO, Lafayette
Cheynita Metoyer, MD, Shreveport
Robert A Miller Jr, MD, New Orleans
Brian A Monaco, MD, Shreveport
Celeste M Newby, MD, New Orleans
Benjamin K Newsom, MD, Alexandria
Amy Patel, MD, New Orleans
Jordan E Phillips, MD, New Orleans
Usman G Rahim, MBBS,MD, Slidell
Matthew Raley, MD, Shreveport
Juan D Ramirez, MD, Lake Charles
Muhammad S Rawala, MD, Alexandria
David A Reed, MD, Lafayette
Kimberly Riley, MD, Shreveport
Sarah B Robichaux, MD, Geismar
William Rothwell, MD, River Ridge
Nitin Sainani, MD, Shreveport
Jennifer Schreiner, MD, Baton Rouge
Kelly Shum, MD, New Orleans
Kunal Sonavane, MD, Shreveport
Andrew J Streicher, MD, Baton Rouge
Shravani Surakanti, MBBS, Baton Rouge
Ross J Thibodaux, MD, Baton Rouge
John W Thornton, MD, Baton Rouge
Rajachendra S Tumma, MD, Lafayette
Sai S Veerisetty, MD, New Orleans
Gordon F Wadge, MD, New Orleans
Carl D Walker Jr, MD, Metairie
Curtis Whiting, MD, New Orleans
Has something exciting taken place in your life - engaged, married, new baby or job promotion? If so, please share it with us so we can celebrate with you. Send information and any photos you want to share to Cathy Thompson.
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Registration is open for the Louisiana Chapter Spring Meeting! This year the meeting will take place at the Renaissance Arts Hotel in New Orleans. The hotel is located in the heart of the arts district within one block of the famous Julia St with beautiful galleries, wonderful restaurants and shops for browsing. The Renaissance is located within walking distance to the World War II Museum, and the French Quarter and River Walk are also close by.
The meeting agenda includes 2016 MOC internal medicine and hospitalists update training on Thursday, March 9, continuing medical education sessions all day Friday, March 10 and Saturday morning, March 11. Saturday will also include selected resident case vignettes and the ever popular Residency Program Jeopardy competition, in which LSU Lafayette will defend the trophy! The Education Committee chaired by Dr. Shaminder Gupta has planned an exciting series of updates for your clinical practice, with excellent, dynamic speakers.
I am particularly excited that Wayne J. Riley, M.D., MPH, MBA, MACP and immediate past present of the ACP has agreed to come and share his knowledge with us. Dr. Riley is President & Chief Executive Officer and Professor of Internal Medicine at Meharry Medical College. He is also Senior Health Policy Associate at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at Meharry and Professor of Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
In addition to the scientific updates, the Annual Chapter Business Meeting and Town Hall Meeting will take place on Friday afternoon. And be sure to join us to celebrate this year's Laureate Award winner at the Awards Dinner on Friday night. The Laureate Emeritus Dinner will be held on Saturday night at Tommy's Restaurant. If you are a Laureate be on the lookout for your invitation to the dinner. If you need more information or have any questions, please contact Cathy Thompson to let her know.
I would like to extend a special thanks to the CME Planning Committee members for putting together such a great program - Drs. Lee Engel, Shaminder Gupta, Chair, David Borne, William Davis and Angela Johnson.
For additional information or questions about the chapter meeting please contact Cathy Thompson, LA Chapter ACP, Executive Director.
Don't miss out, register today!
The most comprehensive meeting in Internal Medicine is taking place March 30-April 1, 2017 in San Diego, CA.
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Please join the Louisiana Chapter at the reception we are hosting jointly with Mississippi/Alabama and Arkansas on Friday, March 31, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina. This is a great opportunity to relax and visit with colleagues and friends as well as to celebrate our accomplishments from the past year.
See you in San Diego!
ACP Services, Inc., will hold its 25th annual Leadership Day on Capitol Hill May 23-24, 2017. This two-day advocacy event is a great opportunity for the College and our members to increase our presence and bring visibility to issues of concern to Congress. As usual, there will be training sessions and briefings by key congressional staff members as well as influential federal government agency officials and ACP government affairs staff. The event is open to ACP members only.
Additional information about Leadership Day 2017 can be found on the ACP Services site. If you are interested in attending Leadership Day 2017, please notify Cathy Thompson.
A GAC meeting of the American College of Physicians (ACP), Louisiana Chapter, was held on Saturday, October 8 at noon at Masala's Restaurant in Lafayette. Dr. Engel said his goal as Governor is to reach out to members who qualify for fellowship and to increase membership. A special thank you went out to Dr. William Davis who agreed to serve as Membership Chair. Drs. Engel and Davis look forward to working together to communicate to members and non-members the value of membership. Click here to view minutes from the GAC meeting.
Abstracts submissions have been collected for the 2017 Annual Resident Member Meeting for the Louisiana Chapter of the American College of Physicians. This year's meeting will include 28 abstracts, 3 mystery cases, 12 oral presentations and 13 poster presentations. The meeting will be hosted by the Department of Internal Medicine at Ochsner Medical Center and held in the Caldwell Room and Burns Room in New Orleans on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.
As in past years, this annual event attracts submissions from ACGME accredited residency programs including Chabert Hospital in Houma, University Hospital Lafayette, Baton Rouge General, LSU Baton Rouge, LSU Shreveport, LSU New Orleans, Ochsner and Tulane. Dr. Shane Sanne, Chair of the Resident Members Committee has taken the lead in coordinating submissions and in the judging process. The plan for this year's abstract submissions is to have them published in the Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society. And a winning abstract will be selected at the associates meeting. The resident or student who wins will be supported by our state ACP association to present at the National ACP meeting in San Diego in March, 2017.
The 2017 Resident Jeopardy Competition will take place on Saturday, March 11 during the 2017 Louisiana Chapter meeting at the Renaissance Arts Hotel in New Orleans. This event promises a fun and exciting challenge for all. LSU Lafayette will be working hard to defend their title. And be sure to come and cheer the Lafayette team on at the IM2017 meeting in San Diego. We will be rooting for Team Lafayette to be our national champions!!
Abstracts submissions have been collected for the 2017 Annual Resident Member Meeting for the Louisiana Chapter of the American College of Physicians. This year's meeting will include 28 abstracts, 3 mystery cases, 12 oral presentations and 13 poster presentations. The meeting will be hosted by the Department of Internal Medicine at Ochsner Medical Center and held in the Caldwell Room and Burns Room in New Orleans on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. As in past years, this annual event attracts submissions from ACGME accredited residency programs including Chabert Hospital in Houma, University Hospital Lafayette, Baton Rouge General, LSU Baton Rouge, LSU Shreveport, LSU New Orleans, Ochsner and Tulane. Dr. Shane Sanne, Chair of the Resident Members Committee has taken the lead in coordinating submissions and in the judging process. The plan for this year's abstract submissions is to have them published in the Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society. And a winning abstract will be selected at the associates meeting. The resident or student who wins will be supported by our state ACP association to present at the National ACP meeting in San Diego in March, 2017. The 2017 Resident Jeopardy Competition will take place on Saturday, March 11 during the 2017 Louisiana Chapter meeting at the Renaissance Arts Hotel in New Orleans. This event promises a fun and exciting challenge for all. LSU Lafayette will be working hard to defend their title. And be sure to come and cheer the Lafayette team on at the IM2017 meeting in San Diego. We will be rooting for Team Lafayette to be our national champions!!
Congratulations Ryan Sullivan - 2016 Internal Medicine Excellence Award Winner!
Ryan Sullivan received his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Master's Degree (MPhil) in Cancer Biology from the University of Queensland School of Medicine-Ochsner Clinical School, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and New Orleans, LA in November, 2016. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology, cum laude, with a minor in Psychology in May, 2007 from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.
After graduating from Virginia Tech, Ryan received a scholarship to attend an international rugby academy in Australia where he trained for over a year before moving to NYC to play for Old Blue Rugby Club. While there he also worked full-time in a lab studying glioblastoma at Columbia University and was involved in 3 publications in Science, Nature Cell Biology, and Journal of Clinical Investigation. In NYC Ryan also volunteered as a youth rugby coach for Play Rugby USA.
While at Ochsner Ryan presented at numerous meetings and recently won a postdoctoral research fellowship to continue his research until his internal medicine residency begins in July. He also received an Ochsner Research Council Award for Outstanding Research by Trainees and a UQ Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Science Dean's Commendation for Academic Excellence.
Please join us in congratulating Ryan and in wishing him a bright and prosperous future!
Attention all LSU-NO, LSU-Shreveport, Tulane, and Ochsner Clinical School Medical Students!
The Louisiana Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) is planning to hold its 3rd annual medical student essay contest. The contest is for students who have an interest in a career in internal medicine. And we want to know about your experiences as medical students training in Louisiana!
Participants must be ACP members so be sure yours is up-to-date. If you are not yet a member, the process is quick and easy. There are no dues for students, simply click here to complete an application.
Like last year, first prize is $500, second prize is $250, and third prize is $100! And the first place winner will be published in the Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society! All medical students who are ACP members and currently attending medical school in Louisiana are eligible to participate. A panel of experts from the Louisiana ACP will judge your essays.
Be on the lookout for topic information and more details about the competition after the first of January.
We look forward to your participation!
Along with the American College of Physicians' Quality Connect, the LA ACP continues to support the I Raise the Rates initiative designed to raise the adult immunization rates by physicians, healthcare teams, and patients. The goal of this public health initiative is to meet the National Vaccine Advisory Committee's standards for adult immunization. Louisiana and Arkansas participated in a pilot project that expanded to New Jersey and Florida in 2016. Louisiana champions across the state continue to work with their healthcare teams to improve adult immunization rates through educational and quality improvement strategies and interventions.
Back in September the ACP announced a Quality Initiative Competition for residents in participating program states. An I Raise the Rates Quality Initiative Project training webinar was presented by Dr. Robert Hopkins, MD, FACP, FAAP, Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and Program Director at UAMS College of Medicine, Little Rock, AK. The webinar provided training tools for Directors to use to provide program details to their Residents regarding the competition. In San Diego, the ACP will identify the program resident and/or team having the best results. The QI projects will be judged by national ACP senior faculty and staff based on participation and outcomes and will receive: 1) registration and travel costs covered to attend the ACP Annual Meeting in 2017 in San Diego for two affiliated with the program; 2) presentation of the project at IM2017; and 3) an opportunity to publish a write up of the activity in the ACP publication – The Internist or The Hospitalist.
Good luck to all Louisiana programs who participated. We hope to see you and your winning project in San Diego!
Earlier this month, the LA ACP was offered $5,000 in additional chapter funding from ACP to distribute prescription pads and to host an educational webinar about the importance of adult immunization during 2017. We graciously accepted and as soon as they arrive, prescription pads will be disseminated. If you would like to receive prescription pads for your office(s), please email Cathy Thompson or call her at 225.761.3718.
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Louisiana Chapter Governor:
Lee Engel, MD, FACP
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