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Maine Governor's Newsletter May 2019

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Rebecca B. Hemphill, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Rebecca B. Hemphill, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Governor's Message

Though I do love winter, this time of year is always a joy as the snow melts and the crocuses peak out, providing the glimpse of the spring bounty yet to come. I hope that all of you have been able to enjoy with your families and friends all that winter in Maine has had to offer. There continues to be lots going on with Maine ACP to share. Our March Governor's Advisory Council meeting gave us the opportunity to refine and affirm our strategic goals for the coming year. Our focus continues to be in the areas of education, advocacy and membership, with some new areas of focus in Physician Well-Being. In the education area, planning is well underway for our fall scientific meeting in Bar Harbor September 20-22, once again led by our Education Committee chair, Doug Couper, MD, MACP. We were pleased to expand our educational offerings this year with the first annual Richard Engel Primary Care Symposium, described below. Our Membership Committee, led by Frank Green, DO, FACP and Brian Nolan, MD, FACP, continues to focus on outreach and telling the story of why membership in ACP continues to provide value. Hani Jarawan, MD continues to lead our Health and Public Policy Committee, where he highlights continued opportunities and challenges both locally and nationally. He will be sharing his advocacy update soon, and we are looking forward to sending our Maine Delegation to Washington DC in May to participate in ACPs Leadership Day on the Hill. Finally, Jodi Herman, MD, FACP received training at ACP as a Wellness Champion last year, and is planning her work for this coming year for our chapter.

I am also pleased to announce that as we try to connect with all of you in new ways, we are proud to announce that you can now follow Maine ACP on Twitter - @MaineACP

Reflecting on all of this reminds me once again that I.M.PROUD to be an internist and to be part of ACP! Please reach out if any of you are interested in becoming more involved in our chapter.

Rebecca Hemphill, MD FACP
Maine Chapter Governor



First Annual Richard Engel Primary Care Symposium


Our chapter held the first annual Richard Engel Primary Care Symposium on March 20th. It was certainly a fitting tribute to Dr. Engel, a former Chapter Governor and dedicated Primary Care Internist. This was held in conjunction with the Maine Medical Center Department of Internal Medicine at the Dana Center at MMC. It started with an outstanding keynote address by Dr. Hardeep Singh on Achieving Diagnostic Excellence in Primary Care: Lessons from a Decade of Patient Safety Research. This was followed by a lively Pecha Kucha format series of talks spanning subjects from Hypertension Management by Peter Emery, MD, Harm Reduction by Renee Fay-LeBlanc, MD, FACP, Providing Teaching and Feedback in the Ambulatory Setting by Robert Trowbridge, MD, FACP and High Impact Rheumatology by Ken O’Rourke, MD, FACP. The session closed with an inspiring update on the history and current legislative efforts in the area of Primary Care Investment by Lisa Letourneau, MD, FACP.

The event was a great success and was well attended. Planning for next year's event is already underway.


Lisa Letourneau, MD FACP


Robert Trowbridge, MD FACP, Peter Emery, MD, Rebecca Hemphill, MD FACP,

Renee Fay-LeBlanc, MD FACP, Kenneth O’Rourke, MD FACP



IM 2019 in Philadelphia

I recently returned from the 2019 ACP Internal Medicine Meeting held in Philadelphia and once again reflect upon the wonderful community that is Internal Medicine at ACP. We again had a strong delegation attending from Maine.

The meeting opened with a moving and inspirational keynote interview with the former US Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy. He spoke of the importance of staying connected - ‘We can't do our work alone. We need each other and we need to support each other’. He emphasized that the power of connections with others is how we can heal burnout, support each other and importantly support our patients.

The conference, once again, delivered a multitude of talks and activities that provided something for everyone. There were outstanding updates in primary care, hospital medicine and specialty care. We received a reporting of the Hot Topics in Health Policy and an update of the outstanding work that ACP is doing to advocate for our patients and for physicians. There were fun activities including the Doctors Dilemma competition for residents as well as another outstanding Story Slam that you can view online.

Dr. Rebecca Hutchinson, Director of the Maine Medical Center Palliative Care fellowship, gave an outstanding and well-received talk on Palliative Care in Non-Cancer Patients. She was even featured in a summary article that made the front page of the ACP newspaper.


Maine Internal Resident one of the Winners of Vignette Competition

Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca Bystrom, PGY-2 at Maine Medical Center, who was one of the winners of the Resident/Fellow Vignette Competition out of a field of 375!! Her poster was titled

“A Case of Lymphomatosis Cerebri Presenting as Rhombencephalitis”.

Congratulations Rebecca!


“It was a great first conference experience for me and it was exciting to represent MMC and the Maine Chapter on the national level,” Rebecca Bystrom, MD


Michelle Delenick, MD, Rebecca Hemphill, MD FACP,
Rebecca Bystrom, MD, Elizabeth Herrle, MD FACP

ACP Welcomes new Fellows from Maine

We once again had the wonderful opportunity to participate in the Convocation Ceremony, where 2 of our new fellows, Dr. Betsy Johnson, MD, FACP and Dr. Vivanthy Thevarajah, MD FACP were celebrated.


Rebecca Hemphill, MD FACP Maine Governor, Betsy Johnson, MD, FACP
Vivanthy Thevarajah, MD FACP & Former Maine Governor John Erickson, MD FACP

On Friday evening of IM 2019 the Maine and New Hampshire Chapters held a joint Meet n’ Greet at the Field House Sports Bar. It was a great evening with spirits, appetizers and great company. We hope you will join us next year at the Maine Chapter Meet n’ Greet at IM 2020 in Los Angeles, CA.


Maine Chapter members attending

Meet n’ Greet at IM 2019

Field House Sports Bar


Our Chapter was again recognized as a Chapter Excellence Award winner, once again confirming the excellent work that our Maine Chapter does to support our patients and our internal medicine physicians in Maine. The award will be presented to the Chapter at the 2019 Maine Chapter Meeting.



2019 Maine Chapter Annual Scientific and Chapter Meeting

“Age Is All the Rage: Don't Get Tripped Up Caring for the Older Patient”

Presentations regarding our elderly patients include:

Pain Management
Gait Disorders and Falls
Multimorbidity, Driving
Multiple Small Feedings of the Mind

Of course, “Cases of the Year” will be presented by residents of MMC and
New to the Chapter meeting this year will be Medical Jeopardy!


Sept. 20 – 22, 2019
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